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Download: Live This Month: December 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #321)

In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists is King Krule‘s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, the debut LP from British songwriter Archy Marshall, a 19-year-old with a distinct voice and a penchant for raw art-pop. Meanwhile, fresh off a great performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Holy Ghost! returns for a two-night stint at The Independent; the super-fun electronic-rock band’s New Year’s Eve show is understandably sold out.

Locally, we’re most excited about seeing Mikal Cronin lead a great lineup of locals at our rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2013, at Public Works on December 7. He’ll be joined by Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries. While The Bay Brewed has become an annual tradition, a reunion show from The Herms is much less expected, but equally welcome. The band was an early Bay Bridged favorite, and a collection of their demos, Drop Out Vol. 1, was issued earlier this year by Castle Face Records. Another noteworthy local is Adam Widener, playing the Hemlock Tavern this month in support of Vesuvio Nights, which arrived in October on Speakertree Records.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

King Krule – “Border Line”
Appearing at The Independent on December 16 and 17

Mikal Cronin – “Weight”
Headlining The Bay Brewed 2013 at Public Works on December 7; Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight also perform

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust – “Ambulancer”
Coming to The Chapel on December 11; Bill Orcutt and Jacob Felix Heule also perform

Blood Sister – “Psychic Flashes”
Playing at The Knockout on December 12th with Cocktails and Happy Diving

Holograms – “Meditations”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill on December 18; TV Ghost and G. Green support

The Herms – “Power Joystick”
Playing with Warm Soda and POW! at Bottom of the Hill on December 17

Adam Widener – “Fake Flowers Never Die”
Performing at the Hemlock Tavern on December 7 with Primitive Hearts, Big Tits, and The Shanghais

Guy Fox – “San Francisco”
Playing an all-local show on December 5 with Bonnie and the Bang Bang and Growwler at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Basia Bulat – “Tall Tall Shadow”
On December 9, Bulat performs with Haunted Summer at The Chapel

Sun Araw – “Evening Meditations”
Coming to The Chapel on New Year’s Eve, along with The Fresh & Onlys, Vetiver, and Pure Bliss

Holy Ghost! – “Okay”
Headlining The Independent on December 30 and 31

Gold Panda – “Brazil (Slow Magic Remix)”
Slow Magic is supporting El Ten Eleven at Slim’s on December 13

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