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Live This Month: March 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #301)

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.

With South by Southwest leading much of independent music to converge in Austin later this month, tons of bands are hitting the road. All of them, it would seem, are playing in the San Francisco Bay Area in March. Even if you aren’t going to SXSW this year, you can still catch plenty of buzzed-about acts, like Thurston Moore’s noisy new band Chelsea Light Moving, or the experimental electronic pop of Autre Ne Veut. Also touring are Veronica Falls, bringing top-notch jangle pop to the Rickshaw Stop, and Ducktails, the solo project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile.

Things are a bit quieter on the local front — what with the many bands gone on Austin-bound tours — but there are still notable highlights. Led by Hether Fortune (also of Blasted Canyons), Oakland’s Wax Idols is celebrating the release of Discipline & Desire this month; the album’s coming in April on the always reliable Slumberland Records. Meanwhile, Cruel Summer has been wowing our writers for over a year now, and the band’s prepping for the release of its debut EP.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some shows!

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About the bands:

Veronica Falls – “Teenage”
Headlining the Rickshaw Stop with Brilliant Colors and Golden Grrrls on March 26

Widowspeak – “Ballad of the Golden Hour”
Performing at The Chapel on March 31

Christopher Owens – “Here We Go”
Appearing at the Palace of Fine Arts on March 23

Ducktails – “Ivy Covered House”
Playing at The Chapel on March 22

Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
Majical Cloudz and Bago support Autre Ne Veut at The Independent on March 11

Astronauts, etc. – “Sideswiped”
Supporting Poolside on March 27 at The Independent

Wax Idols – “Sound of a Void”
Celebrating the release of Discipline & Desire at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on March 30 with The Mallard and Chasms

Chelsea Light Moving – “Burroughs”
Performing alongside Grass Widow on March 20 at the Great American Music Hall

Iceage – “Coalition”
Performing at the Rickshaw Stop on March 25 and The New Parish on March 26

Cruel Summer – “White Flag”
Playing The Knockout on March 28; Dream Boys, Woolen Men, and Swiftumz also perform

La Luz – “Sure As Spring”
Joining Will Sprott and Anna Hillburg at the Hemlock Tavern on March 23

Shout Out Out Out Out – “Now That I’ve Given Up Hope, I Feel Much Better”
Coming to Thee Parkside on March 9, with support from Lenz and Kinship

Daedelus – “Endless Sea”
Bringing the “Magical Properties 4” tour to The Independent on March 31; Two Fresh, Ryan Hemsworth, and Samo Sound also perform