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Dark Nights at Verdi Club raises funds for KUSF

Tartufi recently launched a “spontaneous show series” called Dark Nights at the Verdi Club, and May’s event, taking place Wednesday, May 4th (8pm, $7-20), looks like the best yet. The organizing trio will be joined by an eclectic mix of Northern California groups, including Santa Cruz heavy psych band Mammatus, and locals Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month, and Life Coach (the solo project of Phil Manley of Trans Am). To make it all the sweeter, the show benefits Save KUSF.

Tartufi – “Dot Dash”

Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month – “Mom’s House”

Phil Manley – “Life Coach”

Craft Spells returns to SF with Beach Fossils

After relocating from Stockton to Seattle, Craft Spells‘ Justin Vallesteros returns to the Bay Area on a US tour. Idle Labor is one of the year’s best debuts, and you can see the Spells and tourmates Beach Fossils at Slim’s on May 5th (9pm, $13) with Melted Toys.

Craft Spells – “You Should Close The Door”

Melted Toys – “Come On”

Cass McCombs brings Wit’s End to the Swedish American Hall

With Wit’s End, Concord-born Cass McCombs has released a powerful album of dark rock pop that confirms his place as one of the best modern indie songwriters. McCombs and Frank Fairfield perform at the Swedish American Hall on May 5th (8pm, $15)

Cass McCombs – The Lonely Doll by DominoRecordCo

Okie Rosette kicks off all-local show at Cafe Du Nord

Felix Costanza’s Okie Rosette plays a rare show this Saturday night at Cafe Du Nord (9:30pm, $10), opening for fellow locals It Thing and The Verms. Formerly the leader of Granfaloon Bus, Costanza’s newest project released the alt-Americana-pop collection Leap Second a few years back. For The Verms, the Du Nord gig is the band’s first show, and it’s also a CD release party for It Thing, which includes members of 80s SF rock band The Cat Heads.

Okie Rosette – “Longing For Exile”