You know the drill already…Plenty of great shows coming up and plenty of tickets to score!

Friday, July 10th – Cracker @ The Independent

Cracker - Photo by Jason Thrasher

David Lowery and Cracker head to The Independent this Friday in support of the band’s first album in three years, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey. A recent recording by NYCTaper confirms that the band has maintained both its wit and its blend of American rock sounds in the interim. Lowery’s Camper Van Beethoven cohort Victor Krummenacher opens. 9pm, $20/22.

To win tickets to this show, be the first person to respond to @thebaybridged with the sentence “I want those Cracker tickets!” and your full name.

Monday, July 13th – Tortoise @ Great American Music Hall


[audio:] Tortoise – “Prepare Your Coffin”

Tortoise, Chicago’s elder statesmen of experimental-/post-rock, just released their first new album in five years, Beacons of Ancestorship, on Thrill Jockey. The label describes the album as “a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time…with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges.” They’ll be at the Great American Music Hall with labelmates Pit Er Pat next Monday. 8pm, $25.

To win tickets to this show be the third person to send an E-mail to with your full name, “I want to see Tortoise!” in the subject line, and the completed sentence, “Tortoises are better than sea turtles because _________.”

Saturday, July 11th – LUCE, The Gun & Doll Show, Pollux @ Great American Music Hall

LUCE – “Acid Rain” (Live at the Little Fox)

There’s an all-local triple CD release show going on this Saturday night at the Great American Music Hall. San Francisco’s LUCE have a hard road to the release of their new album Corner of the World (including a house burning down and complete gear/van theft). The Gun & Doll Show are a SF institution and their latest album American Radio Two is their second take on musical styles across the radio spectrum. Pollux opens the show. 9pm, $20.

The second person to send an e-mail to with their full name and the subject line “Take me to Luce!” will win a pair of tickets to the show!