Live This Month: September 2011 (Podcast #256)

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. Two big local-focused events top this month’s calendar. First, we’re pleased to be co-producing the free, all ages 2011 Rock Make Street Festival, taking place on September 17th at Treat Avenue and 18th Street in the Mission District. Additionally, the Mission Creek Music Festival returns to SF and Oakland for its fifteenth installment this month. Beyond those fests, the September concert calendar seems heavy on out-of-town acts playing can’t-miss shows in SF, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole lot of great local bands accompanying them.

We’ll be serving up a Rock Make mixtape in the near future, in the meantime, hear new music from Pepper Rabbit, Devon Williams, Man/Miracle, Jens Lekman and more.

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About the bands:

LA duo Pepper Rabbit (“Murder Room”) just released Red Velvet Snow Ball on Kanine Records. The band’s North American tour with BRAIDS and Painted Palms comes to Bottom of the Hill on September 27th.

Devon Williams‘ (“Your Sympathy”) new album Euphoria came out this week on Slumberland Records. Williams’ West Coast tour behind the record comes to the East Nile on September 3rd and the Rickshaw Stop on the 4th.

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman (“An Argument With Myself”) will be performing at the California Academy of Sciences on September 29th. The show is a Nightlife event that is doubling as a Treasure Island Music Festival pre-party.

Local indie pop trio Dreamdate (“Pyramids”) is one of our longtime favorite bands. You can see Dreamdate twice this month: at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on September 3rd and at Thee Parkside on September 29th.

September 27th is a big day for SF band Dominant Legs (“Hoop of Love”). That’s the day the band’s first LP, Invitation, comes out, and, that night, the group performs at Cafe Du Nord with Nurses.

Active Child (“Hanging On”) is LA musician Pat Grossi’s electronic pop project. Chad Valley and Silver Swans perform alongside Grossi at Bottom of the Hill on September 28th.

Unfortunately, after the recording of this show, Tennis‘ (“Is It True?”) tourmates The Vaccines cancelled the bands’ upcoming tour due to illness.

Pamela (“Lie Down”) consists of two members of The Splinters, and the duo just released the Pamela is Hungover tape on Whoa Whoa Records. The band celebrates the release at Thee Parkside on September 15th, with Part Time, Surf Club, and Permanent Collection.

The Ladybug Transistor (“Clutching Stems”) heads on a West Coast tour this month, landing at the Hemlock Tavern on September 8th with Red Pony Clock and Sea Lions. Clutching Stems is out now on Merge Records.

Oakland’s Man/Miracle (“Meditations on Nothing”) finishes a US tour at Bottom of the Hill on September 23rd. The Vacant Lots and Hiking also perform.

You can see PS I Love You (“Leftovers

[Featuring Diamond Rings]”) on September 10th at the Hemlock Tavern with Balkans and Bad Bibles. Also, Diamond Rings will playing at the Great American Music Hall on September 25th.

Heavy Cream (“Watusi”) is a Nashville punk band currently touring with RTX. Both bands are at Thee Parkside on September 3rd and The New Parish on the 12th.

True Widow (“Skull Eyes”) performs at the Rickshaw Stop on September 3rd, and at Oakland’s Merchant’s Saloon on the 7th. The Texas “stonegaze” band released As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth earlier this year.

SF’s Mi Ami (“Hard Up”) has not performed locally in almost a year, as both band members have been pursuing other projects apart. The duo unveiled the Dolphins LP in March, and will be at Public Works on Saturday, September 4th.