Tender Forever - Photo by: Tor Clausen

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Every month, we dedicate the first week’s 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!

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About the bands:

Tender Forever (“Heartbroken Forever”) will be performing at the 2009 Homo A Go Go Festival, which is taking place in San Francisco for the first time this month. They’ll be playing at SOMArts on Saturday, August 15.

Music For Animals (“Nervous in New York”) have a bunch of upcoming outdoor performances this month. In addition to playing at the second annual Rock Make Street Festival on August 23rd, they also have performances at KFOG events in San Jose on August 20th and Napa on August 29th.

Austin’s The Octopus Project (“Wet Gold”) are touring the country with their new Golden Beds EP. Birds & Batteries and The Dont’s support them at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, August 15th.

SMiLE! and Terrorbird Media present The Phenomenal Handclap Band (“15 to 20”) at their Knockout show on Wednesday, August 26th. Bart Davenport, Tempo No Tempo and DJ Neil Martinson also perform.

Local ambient-rock duo Odawas (“Swan Song Of The Humpback Angler”) have a couple of performances this month. They’ll be headlining at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, August 13th (with City Light and Mira Cook) and also performing at the Rock Make Street Festival on Sunday, August 23rd.

SF indie-chamber-pop band Photons (“This Must Be Love”) will also be performing at the Rock Make Street Festival on Sunday, August 23rd. Additionally, they will be at Kimo’s on August 13th and the Starry Plough on August 20th.

The Blank Tapes (“This Is What’s Inside”) are having their only San Francisco performance of the summer on Thursday, August 20th at the Rickshaw Stop. Fellow locals Campo Bravo and Mantra are also playing.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (“The Sons of Cain”) have been working on music for their next album, and the band’s got a California tour this month. The Pharmacists will be at Bottom of the Hill on Sunday, August 23rd (with Hank IV) and Monday, August 24th (with JEFF The Brotherhood).

The Dry Spells (“Batwood”) are releasing their debut album Too Soon For Flowers this month on Antenna Farm Records. Kelley Stoltz, Jessica Pratt and some special guests will also perform at their album release party at Cafe Du Nord on Thursday, August 6th.

With a new album out this month on Goner Records, Box Elders (“Stay”) head into town for a three-day stint. They’ll be at the Hemlock on August 25th, The Stork Club on the 26th, and The Knockout on the 27th.

Foxtails Brigade (“Chat With Sivan”) celebrate the release of their debut 7″ Chat With Sivan with a show at Cafe Du Nord this Sunday, August 9th. The show is the the third Sunday Night String Stampede, featuring Agent Ribbons, Garrett Pierce and Devotionals as well.

Nodzzz (“Good Times Crowd”) will be performing at the Sub-Mission Gallery (formerly Balazo Gallery) on Wednesday, August 12th as part of Maximum Rock and Roll and Thrillhouse Records’ San Francisco’s Doomed Festival. They’ll be joined by a whole bunch of bands; check the festival site for more details.