The Bay Abridged 10 28

(Jane's Addiction at The Warfield)

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene.

Marina and the Diamonds at Fox Theater (Oak) Oct. 20
Marina and the Diamonds brought her new album, FROOT, to Oakland's Fox Theater last week. Starting with their first album The Family Jewels, released in 2006, and continuing on to play songs from Electra Heart and FROOT, Marina and the Diamonds took the Bay through an emotionally electrified performance. —Andrea Hey

Ezra Furman, The Big Moon at 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire (London) Oct. 22
I had to go all the way to London to see Oakland's Ezra Furman's biggest show to date (and when I say 'had to,' I mean I did it just for the hell of it). I don't really know what else to say except it was really, really, really good. Whereas you might have seen him at TBB's favorite dive, Bender's, last August, in London he played to a house of 2,000 fans who literally chanted his name ("Ez-ra! Ez-ra! Ez-ra!") when the show was over and the lights went up.

What I'm saying is: Get your shit together, Bay Area. The British are apparently better at supporting our music than we are. —Jody Amable

Okmoniks, Cumstain, Robbery & Nobunny at The New Parish (Oak) Oct. 22
Oh, what a night! Okmoniks delivered an intense opening set. Cumstain wore leopard print underwear (and little else). Nobunny got the house bouncing (but the criminally uncrowded dance floor proved an extremely dangerous choice for beginner stage diving). Yet despite all this talent the grand prize went to Robbery, a brand new project with only 4 Bandcamp tracks to keep you going, for now. —MBL

Okmoniks, Cumstain, Robbery & Nobunny at The New Parish (Oak) Oct. 22
The days when Nobunny was playing bimonthly in Oakland are gone, which made this night even more special. He brought a lineup of just as crazy and solely local bands, that do happen to play bimonthly. Then that bunny mask just made everyone in the audience squirm with energy. If you weren't dancing, you were at least failing at hiding your smile. —Erika Delgado

Michael Beach, Meercaz, Colossal Yes & Joel Robinow at The Octopus Literary Salon (Oak) Oct. 23
Michael Beach moved to Melbourne this week. He played his last show on Friday alongside his talented longtime music collaborators and friends. We laughed, we cried. Fortunately we still have Utrillo Kushner (Comets on Fire & Colossal Yes — who just released a super cool and funky cassette of brand new material), Muzz (Meercaz) & Joel Robinow (Once & Future Band). Los Angeles can keep Thee Oh Sees, but Australia better return Michael Beach soon. —MBL

Jane's Addiction at The Warfield (SF) Oct. 24
The original hard rocking members of Jane's Addiction roared back to the Bay Area again and played their second LP, Ritual de lo Habitual in its entirety. Complete with women dangling on hooks, shirtless band members, and lots of tattoos. —Jon Bauer

The Zombies at the Fillmore (SF) Oct. 27
The Zombies played two sets, the first was some new stuff and two older songs ("Tell Her No" and "She's Not There"). The second set they played Odyssey and Oracle in entirety, from "Care of Cell 44" through "Time of the Season." I've never heard a crowd clap for as long as they did after that last song. If you haven't heard the album you need to, some of the best pop songs I've ever heard. Hearing them live and in sequence was a serious gift to one of the most receptive crowds I've been a part of. —Ryan Knapp

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