Live This Month: December 2010 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #239)

In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although things get a little quiet around Christmas, December’s got plenty of concert highlights. For some, like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, this month’s show marks the end of a long run, while others, like Sic Alps and Millionyoung, already have big releases planned for early 2011. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows!

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About the bands:

Portland’s Hosannas (“When We Were Young”) have two Bay Area shows in support of their new album, Together. They’ll be at The New Parish on December 3rd and Showdown on December 5th.

Austin-by-way-of-Sacramento duo Agent Ribbons (“I’m Alright”) released Chateau Crone this year on Antenna Farm Records. They’re playing at Bar 355 on December 16th, the Crescent Hotel on the 17th, and Amnesia with The Trifles on December 21st.

Please Stand By is the third album from country-rock band Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (“Pocket Calculator”). The band heads to Bottom of the Hill on December 4th for the Terrorbird holiday party, with Maus Haus, Fol Chen and Exray’s.

Sonny Smith (“Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die”) caps off a busy year with a New Year’s Eve show in SF. Sonny and the Sunsets and The Fresh & Onlys are performing at Amnesia on December 31st.

Brilliant Colors (“Never Mine”) have released a bunch of 7″s this year. They’ll be performing with several other Slumberland Records bands at a birthday party for Mike Slumberland at Amnesia on December 3rd.

Having relocated from the Bay Area to Brooklyn, French Miami (“Older”) are back with a brand new EP called Motor Skills. The band is at the Hemlock Tavern on December 2nd and The Uptown on December 3rd.

Sic Alps‘ (“Message From The Law”) latest record, Napa Asylum, comes out in January on Drag City. They’re at the Rickshaw Stop on December 4th for a benefit show for Big Eagle singer/songwriter Robyn Miller’s mother.

Owen Ashworth finishes his run as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (“Young Shields”) with an SF show marking the 13th anniversary of his first live performance. On Sunday December 5th, he’ll play at Bottom of the Hill with The Donkeys and The Ian Fays supporting.

SF’s The Actors (“First Date”) are part of an all-local bill at the Rickshaw Stop on December 1st. They’ll be joined by Phantom Kicks and Sunbeam Rd.

Florida’s Millionyoung (“Calrissian”) is touring in anticipation of Atmospheric Beast, out in early 2011. Teen Daze and The Great Mundane support at the Rickshaw Stop on December 9th.

LA’s No Age (“Fever Dreaming”) wrap up some recent touring with some California dates. They’ll be at The New Parish on December 8th and the Brookdale Lodge on December 9th.

Thrill Jockey put out Ancestral Star, the latest from SF drone-rock duo Barn Owl (“Light From The Mesa”), a few months back. Barn Owl is performing at The Independent on December 16th with Om and Lichens.