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Every month, we dedicate a week of our podcast to highlighting some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got a dozen great bands playing some excellent shows this month, so head out and see some live music!
About the bands:
Minneapolis’ Greycoats (“Goodbye, Sweet Youth, Goodbye”) have a West Coast trip this month that includes a date with their former tourmates Loquat, during Loquat’s residency at Cafe Du Nord. The show’s on Thursday, May 7th with Head Like A Kite and DJ Elise (SomaFM).
John Vanderslice (“Too Much Time”) celebrates the Tuesday, May 19th release of his excellent new album Romanian Names (Dead Oceans) with a show that night at the Rickshaw Stop. Special guests still to be announced!
San Francisco’s Photons (“Where Were You Last Night”) celebrate the release of their new EP Glory! with a performance at the Hemlock Tavern. Wax Fingers and Spencey Dude and the Doodles support.
LA band Army Navy (“My Thin Sides”) bring their power pop up the coast for a show on Wednesday, May 13th at the Rickshaw Stop. Locals 20 Minute Loop and AB & the Sea round out an high-quality bill.
Touring behind their terrific new album Now We Can See, The Thermals have two dates in SF on their nationwide tour. They’ll be at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, May 30th (with The Shaky Hands, Bachelorette, and DJ BAGeL Ted) and Sunday, May 31st (with The Shaky Hands and Point Juncture, WA).
SF-NYC indie pop band Eux Autres (“Ecoutez Bien”) will be performing at a great SF Popfest show on Sunday, May 24th at Cafe Du Nord. Also on the bill: The Hidden Cameras, Dear Nora, Birds of California and Cheap Red.
Massachusetts band Passion Pit (“Moth’s Wings”) were one of the highlights at South by Southwest, and the band’s justly-lauded Chunk of Change EP makes expectations high for Manners, their debut full length which comes out on May 19th. See them Tuesday, May 26th at Bimbo’s with Harlem Shakes and Cale Parks.
San Francisco’s City Light (“New Kid Revival”) have a split covers single out with Her Space Holiday, with whom they’re embarking on a national tour. The tour kicks off on Wednesday, May 6th at Bottom of the Hill, with Boy In Static and Hanni El Khatib also performing.
Brooklyn’s Obits (“Pine On”) recently released their debut full length I Blame You on Sub Pop Records. Catch them on Wednesday, May 20th with The Lights and Best Wishes at Bottom of the Hill.
The legendary The Vaselines (“Son Of A Gun”) have a new compilation out on Sub Pop and will be playing their first ever San Francisco show at Bimbo’s on Monday, May 11th. The Dutchess & The Duke will open the show.
With a new rarities compilation out on Magic Marker Records, Katy Davidson and Dear Nora (“Make You Smile”) are back for a show at SF Popfest. As noted above, they’ll be performing alongside The Hidden Cameras, Eux Autres, Birds of California and Cheap Red. That show is at Cafe Du Nord on Sunday, May 24th.
Malbec (“It Won’t Feel Right”), from Los Angeles, have a series of free releases, titled the The Answering Machine EPs, available for download at their web site. They’ll be part of Loquat‘s Cafe Du Nord residency on Thursday, May 28th. Foxtail Somersault and DJ Amp Live (Zion-I) also perform.