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.
The Bay Bridged Presents: Fourth of July at El Rio!
Okay, so there are a bunch of good shows coming up, but wherever you plan to spend your time this weekend, make sure to cap it off with the Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest at El Rio on July 4th (3pm, $8, 21+), featuring performances by John Vanderslice, Tartufi, Low Red Land, Walking in Sunlight, Finn Riggins, and Whisperlights. More info and music can be found here.
Neko Case, Dodos perform at Stern Grove
In between tours in support of No Color, The Dodos are performing a free Stern Grove concert on Sunday, July 3rd (2pm, Free). They’ll be supporting Neko Case, who performed vocals on a bunch of No Color songs. Is an on-stage reunion obligatory, or just highly likely?
Ty Segall brings Goodbye Bread to the Independent
With Goodbye Bread getting very strong reviews, Ty Segall kicks off a West Coast tour with a headlining date at The Independent on July 2nd (9pm, $8/10). Show up on the earlier side for Mikal Cronin, who released a psychy collaborative LP with Ty last year and is also a member of the terrific Moonhearts.
Lumerians headline the Great American Music Hall
I’ve previously praised Lumerians‘ live show, and the band’s full length album, Transmalinnia, seriously rocks. The Oakland/SF band starts a short Northwest tour at the Great American Music Hall on July 2nd (9pm, $13), joined by fellow locals Young Prisms and Bronze.
Sonny and the Sunsets and Calvin Johnson at the Great American
Speaking of excellent shows at the Great American this weekend, K Records founder/indie legend Calvin Johnson is heading down from Olympia on tour, and he’ll be at GAMH for a performance alongside Sonny and the Sunsets on July 1st (8pm, $13). Two offbeat, brilliant songwriters, joined by the Sunsets’ soon-to-be-tourmates The Sandwitches.