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Live This Month: August 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #284)

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.

August means the return of the Outside Lands Festival, the latest installment of which deftly balances the expected big name headliners with a healthy serving of compelling indie artists. There are certainly plenty of good options to keep attendees satisfied all weekend long, but if you’re considering a single day ticket, we’d recommend skipping work on Friday, as opening day looks to have the strongest all-around bill.

There are plenty of compelling musical offerings beyond Outside Lands, though, as locals like Birds & Batteries and Young Moon celebrate the release of their fourth and first LPs, respectively. Twin Shadow brings it simmering new retro-pop album Confess to the Great American Music Hall for two shows, while Portland’s The Memories bring their Underwater Peoples-endorsed indie pop to a Northwest-centric show at Cafe Du Nord. As always, take a listen, then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Young Moon – “Winds Light”
Danny Paul Grody and Vestals open Young Moon’s Navigated Like The Swan record release party at the Hemlock Tavern on August 9

Birds & Batteries – “The Golden Age of Dreams”
Celebrating the release of Stray Light with Radiation City and Trails and Ways at the Rickshaw Stop on August 3

Three Mile Pilot – “Long Way Up”
Coming to Bottom of the Hill on August 18 with Dramady

The Memories – “Softly”
Playing alonside Calven Johnson, The Shivas and several more at Cafe Du Nord on August 19th

Dylan Shearer – “Afterwhile”
Opening for NO and Foxygen in a free show at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall on August 7

Dana Falconberry – “Lake Charlevoix”
Joining Emily Jane White at the Hemlock Tavern on August 21

Two Gallants – “My Love Won’t Wait”
Playing at the Outside Lands Festival on August 10 and at an Outside Lands night show on August 8 at the Rickshaw Stop

Tame Impala – “Apocalypse Dreams”
Performing at Outside Lands on August 11

Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel – “Right Where You Ought to Be”
Appearing at the San Frandelic Summerfest at Thee Parkside on August 18 with Spindrift, Zodiac Death Valley and more

Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
Performing with Poolside at the Great American Music Hall on August 16 and 17

Chromatics – “Kill for Love”
Headlining the Mezzanine on August 31 with Bronze and DJ Omar

Craft Spells – “Still Left With Me”
Playing at Noisette, a music and food festival taking place at Public Works on August 4

Doseone – “Last Life”
Supporting WHY? at the Great American Music Hall on August 30