Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.
Fred Thomas’ City Center/Swimsuit tour arrives at Milk
I’m a big Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, Mighty Clouds) enthusiast, and Thomas’ latest project, City Center, continues his long-term winning streak, with an expansive experimental indie rock that’s both jammy and full of hooks. City Center is touring with Thomas’ lo-fi pop band, Swimsuit. The bands play at Milk, with Secret Twins and Alright, on May 19th (9pm, $5).
City Center – â€œModern Loveâ€
SS10: A Frames, Hank IV, The Mantles, and many more
Sacramento label S.S. Records has been releasing records for ten years from folks like A Frames, The Intelligence, Cheveu, and Dan Melchior, as well as a number of Sacramento bands. The label is celebrating the anniversary with SS10, taking place May 20-22 at Bottom of the Hill and the Hemlock Tavern. The weekend features the last show ever by Seattle’s A Frames, in addition to The Mantles, Hank IV, and many more.
Hank IV â€“ â€œFeeding Me Backâ€
Weekend: new 7″, headlining The Independent
With a new 7″ out now, Weekend‘s latest local show finds the noisy post-punk trio headlining The Independent (8pm, $12). It’s really great to see the success this band’s been having over the past year, but it’s even better to see them live. Clipd Beaks and Jealousy support.
Weekend – End Times (Radio Edit) by Slumberland Records
King Lollipop previews Woodland Whoopee Songs of Ol’ Callowhee! at the Hemlock
Cody from Shannon and the Clams is King Lollipop, whose first LP Woodland Whoopee Songs of Ol’ Callowhee! comes out this summer. I’ve only heard “Cheeseburger and Fries” so far, but I’ll be damned if this song hasn’t been rattling around my head over the past few weeks. King Lollipop is at the Hemlock Tavern on May 18th (9pm, $7), with X-Ray Eyeballs and Burnt Ones.