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Rykarda Parasol

Lots of good stuff this weekend:

Thursday night, Rykarda Parasol plays the Rickshaw Stop backed by her band The Tower Ravens. Since we spoke to Rykarda last year, she’s been playing shows in and outside the Bay Area, including headlining our The Bay Bridged Presents show last November. Click here to see video footage from that performance. She’s also been interviewed by the Bay Guardian and is gearing up for a European tour in the fall. Tonight’s show is billed as “La Fonce de la Danse” and features early evening performances by Parasol and The Reverse, also from San Francisco, followed by DJs and dancing. The show starts at 8pm and is $8.

Also on Thursday, Or, the Whale headlines at one of our favorite haunts, the Make-Out Room. It’s been a long time since we included them on our podcast, and in the interim we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of their debut full-length album. We’re pleased to report that the album, titled Light Poles & Pines will be released in May. Tonight, they’ll be joined by two other Americana-infused acts, The Ghosts of California and Westerly. The show is $7 and starts at 9pm.

Friday night, two shows tempt our ears. First off, there’s the Owl Mag birthday party we wrote about yesterday. Jason Jurgens and the Owl gang do a great job covering national and local indie music and the party should be quite fun, with a lineup that includes some great local acts, including one of our favorites in LoveLikeFire.

Your other option on Friday is to head to the House of Shields to check out recent Monthly Mix veterans The Parish and The Val Papadins, featured here and here respectively. The Val Papadins are actually gearing up for the release of their new album no one wants to move the piano, which will be out next week. The show starts at 9pm and costs $5.

Saturday and Sunday also feature live performances by some Bay Bridged favorites. On Saturday night, The Dont’s are opening for Ted Leo and The Pharamacists at Slim’s. Tickets are getting scarce at this point, but if you manage to get one, be there at 9pm to see The Dont’s.

Sunday, Berkeley’s The Attachments, also featured on our February Monthly Mix, play over at the Hotel Utah. The band plays second in between two local indie-folk acts, Lesser Lights and Nathan Moomaw. The show starts at 9pm and is $6.