Download: Live This Month: January 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #324)
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.
As we mentioned several podcasts ago, The Magik*Magik Orchestra has been adding welcome orchestral layers to local indie artists' works for years. The orchestra's five years of work is being celebrated with a special concert at the Fox Theater this month, where they'll be joined by a bevy of great acts, including past collaborators How to Dress Well, The Dodos and John Vanderslice.
Speaking of anniversaries, hats off to the Rickshaw Stop for 10 years as one of the City's best venues, consistently booking interesting bills of local and touring acts. The Rickshaw's series of anniversary concerts this month is no exception, with Mikal Cronin, Geographer, Yacht and many more taking the stage over six nights. Speaking of the Rickshaw, it's also the setting for Painted Palms' album release party. Forever is the first LP from the local duo, who craft rich psychedelic pop songs.
Among notable touring bands, it's been almost two years since Tennis released its last LP, but November's Small Sound EP was a welcome reminder of the indie pop band's talents. We're also excited to see the return of UK noise poppers Yuck. The group rebounded from the departure of singer/guitarist Daniel Blumberg with the shoegazey Glow & Behold last year. Finally, Darkside pairs electronic wiz Nicolas Jaar with guitarist Dave Harrington; on Psychic, the twosome nimbly winds its way through a dense blend of rock and electronic sounds.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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About the bands:
Painted Palms - "Here It Comes"
Celebrating the release of Forever at the Rickshaw Stop on January 17 with Soft Metals, Melted Toys, and Ears of the Beholder DJs
Pickwick - "Window Sill"
Coming to The Chapel on January 9; Elliott Brood and Fine Points open the show
Grandma's Boyfriend - "Hearts Feelin Lo"
Performing on January 8 at El Rio with Apogee Sound Club and UFOFBI
Parquet Courts - "Stoned and Starving"
Touring with White Fence, Parquet Courts plays the Great American Music Hall on January 16; CCR Headcleaner opens
Yuck - "Rebirth"
Playing at The Independent on January 29; The She's open
Tennis - "Mean Streets"
Performing on January 10 at Bottom of the Hill with Kyle M. Terrizzi
Pure Bathing Culture - "Dream the Dare"
Joining La Luz on January 20 at The Chapel
Natural Child - "Saturday Night Blues"
Supporting Futurebirds on January 30 at The Independent
Update: Natural Child has cancelled its tour dates with Futurebirds
Wooden Shjips - "Everybody Knows"
Headlining a show with Carlton Melton and Golden Void at The Chapel on January 23
Cocktails - "No Blondes (In California)"
Performing at a Rickshaw Stop 10th Anniversary show with Mikal Cronin and Cool Ghouls on January 8
John Vanderslice - "The Piano Lesson"
Joining Nicki Bluhm, The Dodos, Geographer and many, many more at the Magik*Magik Orchestra's five year anniversary concert on January 31 at the Fox Theater
Mutual Benefit - "Advanced Falconry"
Dan Casey and Dim Peaks support Jordan Lee's project at the Rickshaw Stop on January 25
Darkside - "Paper Trails"
Appearing with High Water at The Fillmore on January 24
Superhumanoids - "Bad Weather (Tropics Remix)"
Playing at Yours Truly-presented show The Independent on January 23
, John Vanderslice
, Painted Palms
, Wooden Shjips
, Parquet Courts
, Grandma's Boyfriend
, Pure Bathing Culture
, Magik Magik Orchestra
, Natural Child
, Mutual Benefit