Live This Month: January 2012 (Podcast #268)

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.

If the beginning of January feels a little slim on the live music front, things should ramp back up into the usual overwhelming number of interesting shows by the month’s end. Several young local bands recently came onto our radar — including Churches, Poor Sons, and Primitive Hearts — and they’re all partaking in locals-heavy bills in the next few weeks.

On the coming-into-town front, it seems that, by sheer coincidence, a number of the month’s highlights all offer variations on electronic pop. From the most immediate and dance-oriented, like Starfucker and Fujiya and Miyagi, to the more experimental, including High Places and Religious to Damn, synth fans have a lot to get excited about in January. Enjoy this mix of thirteen tunes and then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Deleted Scenes (“Bedbedbedbedbed”) is touring behind Young People’s Church of the Air, the D.C. band’s latest collection of psych-pop. A Lull and Ravenna Woods also perform at the Rickshaw Stop on January 23rd.

Brainstorm (“Forms Without a Frame”) is a big-sounding experimental pop duo from Portland. The band’s touring comes to Vitus on January 5th and the Hemlock Tavern on the 11th.

After the recent release of the Heatwave EP, Ash Reiter (“Heatwave”) will be performing at Cafe Du Nord on January 11th and the Starry Plough on January 27th.

Churches (“Save Me”) is a new band that includes Caleb Nichols (of Grand Lake) and Pat Spurgeon (of Rogue Wave). You can see them at a free show at The Uptown on January 6th, with Grass Widow, Culture Kids, and Wave Array.

Oakland rock and roll trio Primitive Hearts (“Killin’ Time”) has some great demos you can download on Bandcamp. The band is playing at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records with SorryEverAfter and Dark Beach on January 19th.

The Dyunes EP is the first release from SF’s Poor Sons (“Scales”). Party Owl and Cool Ghouls perform alongside the band at the Hemlock Tavern on January 14th.

Jeffertitti’s Nile (“Mountain Jam”) is touring the West Coast this month. See the LA psych band at Thee Parkside on January 19th and at The Knockout on January 23rd.

Captured Tracks released the slef-titled album from Blouse (“Videotapes”) last year. On January 19th, the dream pop band joins labelmate The Soft Moon at Cafe Du Nord.

UK quartet Fujiya and Miyagi (“Yoyo”) hit the US following the release of the new single, “Ecstatic Dancer.” The Frail open their January 30th show at The Independent.

Starfucker‘s (“Bury Us Alive”) US tour finds the synth-pop act playing the Bay Area three times in four days: at The New Parish on January 4th, the Great American Music Hall on the 6th, and The Independent on the 7th.

LA experimental pop duo High Places (“Year Off”) will be taking part in a Berkeley Art Museum event inspired by the moon. The night is part of the museum’s L@TE series of shows, and takes place on January 27th.

January’s shows mark the first West Coast appearances for NYC band Religious to Damn (“Glass Prayer”). The group joins Wax Idols and Alexis at the Elbo Room on January 18th.

The reliably-great Vetiver (“Can’t You Tell”) performs at The Independent on January 15th. Magic Trick, Prairiedog, and DJ Britt Govea will also be performing.