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Live This Month: June 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #279)

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.

From the electronic pop of Exray’s to the fiery punk of White Lung, June’s concert calendar features a wide variety of highlights. Like Exray’s, Still Flyin and Adios Amigo are also celebrating new albums this month, but it’s not just the locals who have exciting records to offer. Japandroids’ latest finds the band in peak DIY noise pop form, while Here We Go Magic bring detail-rich art rock to The Independent in June.

June also features a homecoming for Lemonade, a band that returns from Brooklyn with the addictive Diver, while Advance Base’s Owen Ashworth, himself a Redwood City native, comes back to SF for a first performance after abandoning Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. At the same time, we bid goodbye to Two Sheds this month, as the Sacramento/Bay Area band relocates to LA. As always, take a listen, then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Advance Base – “Summer Music”
Arriving at Cafe Du Nord on June 7 with Nicholas Krgovich and David and Joanna

Dent May – “Home Groan”
Coming to The New Parish on June 29 and the Elbo Room on June 30, both with Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Lemonade – “Softkiss”
Appearing alongside LE1F and Water Borders at the Rickshaw Stop on June 17

Still Flyin’ – “Travelin’ Man”
Headlining a record release show for On A Bedroom Wall on June 10 at the Rickshaw Stop with Tambo Rays and Trails and Ways

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
Appearing with Cadence Weapon at The Independent on June 14

Mrs. Magician – “Hours Of The Night”
Performing at Bottom of the Hill on June 29 with The Mantles and Kids on a Crime Spree

Two Sheds – “Game Of Pricks” (Guided by Voices cover)
Supporting Emily Jane White at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall on June 12

The Men – “Open Your Heart”
Headlining a Bottom of the Hill show on June 24 with Wax Idols and Burnt Ones

White Lung – “Take the Mirror”
Playing at The New Parish on June 10 and The Knockout on June 11

Casy & Brian – “Understanding Sound”
Playing at Thee Parkside on June 16 with Batwings Catwings, Pang, and Feelings

Jail Weddings – “Good Book”
Coming to the Hemlock Tavern on June 13 with Twin Steps and The Better Maker

Exray’s – “Ancient Thing”
Co-headlining the Rickshaw Stop on June 8 to celebrate the release of Trust a Robot

Here We Go Magic – “Make Up Your Mind”
Performing on June 12 at The Independent with Harriet

The Mountain Goats – “Thucydides II-58”
Playing two solo shows at the Swedish American Hall on June 27 and June 28 with Dustin Wong

Adios Amigo – “Chicken”
Joining Appetite and Dreamdate at the Rickshaw Stop on June 27