Kimya Dawson is headlining a special two-show benefit event on Wednesday night at Midsummer Studios.
Monday, December 5
Perhapsy @ Make-Out Room
Accompanied by a full backing band, Perhapsy's swirly dream-pop is fronted by Derek Barber, who prolifically plays in Bells Atlas, Astronuats, etc., and Madeline Kinney.
Ages and Ages @ The Catalyst
For those seeking a reprieve from tragedy and searching for feel-good self-care, Ages and Ages is hand-clapping indie-pop.
The Total Bettys @ Hemlock Tavern
One of my local favorites, The Total Bettys' "No Kings" single has been on my "You Gotta Listen To This, Now" playlist for over a year. I mean, the lyrics alone: "I wanna get arrested together/I wanna get tested together/I wanna get lost in Amoeba/I'll never ever buy anyting." Link to the track above.
Tuesday, December 6
Luke Sweeney @ Amnesia
Luke Sweeney's "Holiday in Amnesia" residency starts tonight as he plays with a rotating lineup of bands for the first three Tuesdays of December.
Tele Novella, Sugar Candy Mountain, Babewatch @ Elbo Room
Full disclosure: this event is presented by Sea Witch Productions, an event promotion company organized in part by one of our former writers, Lauren Marie Navarro Espina. I highly recommend attending any and all shows / parties she throws. 10/10, would attend again.
Wednesday, December 7
Kimya Dawson: Oakland Fire Benefit @ Midsummer Studios
I cannot recommend this benefit show enough. Actually, there will be two shows: one at 7pm and another at 9pm, due to large demand. It's your chance to listen to Kimya Dawson: the queen of anti-folk, a member of The Moldy Peaches, and the reason why the Juno soundtrack was so damn infectious. Bring your cash because proceeds go towards victims of the Oakland fire.
Doe Eye @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Maryam Qudus is the creative force behind all that is Doe Eye. Her last release, T E L E V I S I O N, was an "analog document of how easy it is to fall into a static state when life gets overwhelming. It's much easier to simply turn on the television."
The Handsome Family, Drunken Prayer @ Great American Music Hall
For fans obsessed with True Detective, now's your chance to see the band behind the theme song live: The Handsome Family. Link to said song above.
Griffin House @ Slim's
At one point I was an over-sentimental teenager driving around in my Honda Civic, bumping Griffin House's "The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind" on repeat after my first real break-up. Irrelevant anecdotes aside, let Griffin House croon at you on Wednesday night.
Thursday, December 8
Perfect Loss, New Spell @ Hemlock Tavern
Bay Area trio New Spell is a dark indie-pop experience.
Sorority Noise, Never Young, Sun Valley Gun Club @ Swedish American Music Hall
Sorority Noise's "Using" single — link above — is outlandishly contagious, especially if you grew up listening to pop-punk during the aughts.