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The Fucking Champs

Here’s a look at what’s going on around the Bay this weekend:

On Saturday, this week’s featured band, Dreamdate, plays their first San Francisco show since releasing their excellent debut album Come Over Now at the Hotel Utah, along with The Rantouls and The Pets. For all of the details, head on over to our feature on the band.

Elsewhere on Saturday night, The Papercuts celebrate the release of the vinyl for their latest album Can’t Go Back with a show at Cafe du Nord alongside Okay and Red Leaf Blackbird, a show presented by our friends at The Deli SF. We previewed the show below, where you can find out all the details about what should be a great concert.

And further elsewhere on Saturday, San Francisco’s Frenetic Records celebrates their ten-year anniversary at Bottom of the Hill with performances by three great Bay Area bands that have released albums on the label: The Fucking Champs, Boyjazz and The Makes Nice. The Champs’ III was the first record the label put out back in 1997. Since then, they have released albums from a number of excellent groups, including other locals like Crime in Choir and The Curtains.

Friday night presents two compelling shows as well. On the one hand, you can head to one of our favorite local venues, The Knockout, and catch Halcyon High opening for Modesto’s Solar Powered People in a show we noted yesterday. Speaking of local labels, Solar Powered People will be releasing their debut album later this year on one of our favorite SF labels, Three Ring Records.

Your other Friday choice is to catch Peloton opening for Whitey and Home Video at the Mezzanine, a show presented Popscene SF. We featured the band last year in one of our earliest episodes and recently caught up with them again at a Noise Pop Happy Hour. Friday’s show starts at 9pm and it looks like the band goes on second (after recently-added Sonic Boom).

Finally, we’d like to send our best wishes to John Swanson, the creator of Pacific Noise. John unfortunately shattered his knee recently in a bike accident and will be undergoing a second surgery soon. Our best wishes go out to him and we hope for his speedy recovery.