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. As summer touring heats up, a bunch of buzz bands are coming through town this month, and the arriving Iceage, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Cold Showers have all received strong praise for their debuts. Meanwhile, several locals, including Release the Sunbird, Form & Fate, and Painted Palms, all have new records they’re supporting with SF shows. Last, but not least, we’re gearing up for our free Phono Del Sol festival this month, and our latest Regional Bias event in August. We hope to see you at both!
About the bands:
Mirah (“Gone are the Days”) co-headlines our first Phono Del Sol Festival, a free, all ages daytime event that takes place in Potrero Del Sol Park on July 16th. Also playing are Aesop Rock, Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite. More details here.
Branching out from Rogue Wave, Zach Rogue releases Come Back to Us as Release the Sunbird (“Always Like the Son”) later this month. Prior to performing at Outside Lands, Rogue’s new band will be at the Swedish American Hall on July 28th.
Before heading to Big Sur for the sold-out Woodsist Fest, Woods (“Pushing Onlys”) teams up with The Fresh & Onlys, The Mantles, and DJ Britt Govea for a show at The Independent on July 29th. The band’s latest album, Sun and Shade, came out in May.
Thurston Moore‘s (“Circulation”) new solo album, Demolished Thoughts, is a thoughtful collection of songs that ranks among this year’s highlights. Moore and Kurt Vile are co-headlining a tour this month that stops at The New Parish on July 25th, and the Great American Music Hall on the 26th.
SF R&B revivalist Nick Waterhouse (“Just Want To Buy You Some Maracas, Girl”) has been making waves with a compelling live show. Waterhouse and his band The Tarots perform with Allah-Las at the Elbo Room on July 22nd.
Unnatural Helpers (“Sunshine / Pretty Girls”), from Seattle, are led by Dean Whitmore (of The Intelligence). The band will be performing at the unbelievably packed 1-2-3-4 Go! Records Anniversary weekend at the Oakland Metro on July 22nd, and at the Hemlock Tavern on July 28th.
LA’s Cold Showers (“I Don’t Mind”) features former members of Mika Miko and Woah Hunx, and recently put out the Highlands 7″ on Mexican Summer. On July 27th, the band performs at Thee Parkside, with Grass Widow, Dunes, and Petals.
Four years after the band’s last release, SF instrumental rock group Form & Fate (“When The Streets Caught Fire And We All Walked Through The Flames”) has returned with Sol Invictus. Form & Fate’s record release show is at the Hemlock Tavern on July 16th, with Shuteye Unison and Glaciers.
Painted Palms (“All Of Us”) is the San Francisco/Baton Rouge duo of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme. With the release of the project’s Canopy EP on Secretly Canadian, Painted Palms will be opening for Memory Tapes and Sleep Over at Slim’s on July 21st.
Chicago indie rock band Yourself and The Air (“Trampolines”) heads on a West Coast tour this month. The band headlines the Rickshaw Stop on July 19th, with Angel Island and Jake Mann & the Upper Hand.