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This week’s podcast episode is our latest in the Live This Month series, spotlighting some of our favorite local and touring bands playing some excellent shows in August. Check out some information on all of the bands below:

We kick off the show with a song from Innocent Ghosts, the debut album from Geographer (“Each Other’s Ghost”) (Feature Podcast). The band celebrates the new CD’s release with a show we’re presenting at Cafe du Nord on Sunday, August 17th. The concert also features headliner Judgement Day and Cotillion.

Preston School of Industry (“Somethings Happen Always”) leader (and Pavement alumnus) Spiral Stairs headlines Parkerpalooza V on August 23rd at 12 Galaxies. It’s a packed lineup, with Still Flyin’, Kelley Stoltz, Hank IV and more.

After multiple albums as a studio-only project, We Is Shore Dedicated (“Tindersticks and Russian River”) will have their first live performance at the Hemlock Tavern on Thursday, August 21st. It’s a great all-local bill, also featuring The Old Fashioned Way and The Lonelyhearts (Feature Podcast).

Touring behind their debut full length National Road, Portland folk-rock quartet Bark Hide and Horn (“Treasure of the Everglades”) have a couple of upcoming Bay Area dates. The band will be at Mama Buzz Cafe on August 20th, with Beatbeat Whisper (Feature Podcast) and Dame Satan. They’ll also be joining Jackpot at Cafe du Nord on the 21st (more details below).

Trainwreck Riders (“Alemony Wildlife Refuge”) (Feature Podcast) are one of twelve great local bands performing alongside fifty local craft vendors at the Rock Make Street Festival on Sunday, August 24th, on Treat Street between 17th and 18th Streets. The festival’s free and all day and should be a great time! You can read all about it here, and we’ll have more details in the coming weeks.

Sacramento’s Jackpot (“Chemical Reaction”) head to the Bay this month for a date at Cafe du Nord on Thursday, August 21st. Two Sheds (Feature Podcast), Kings & Queens, and Bark Hide and Horn also perform.

San Francisco’s The Union Trade (“Talk”) release their new album Everyday Including this month, and are headlining a Tricycle Records showcase at Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday, August 27th. The show’s also the CD release party for One Becomes One Hundred and features a performance by Elephone (Feature Podcast).

Seattle synth rockers Head Like A Kite (“No Ordinary Caveman”) are touring in support of their new album There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere. The band joins Scissors for Lefty and DJ Bagel Ted at the Rickshaw Stop on Saturday, August 30th.

Austin’s The Octopus Project (“I Saw the Bright Shinies”) return to San Francisco on their seemingly never-ending tour, with a August 16th stop at Bottom of the Hill. The Hot Toddies (Feature Podcast), Sassy!!!, and Diagonals are also on the bill.

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