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Download: Live This Month: October 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #316)

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.

October brings the return of two of our favorite SF festivals: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Treasure Island Music Festival. Both are local traditions that promise quality music offerings, and while we’re including bands from both in this episode, the whole episode could have been devoted to the festivals’ prospective highlights. Beyond those two, and TIMF’s related night shows and pop up shop parties (like, ahem, the rock and roll bingo party we are presenting), other local highlights include a record release show for Mike Donovan, who has stepped out from Sic Alps to offer his solo debut, Wot, on Drag City.

Other notable concert picks come from as far away as the Netherlands, with Dutch psych-pop artist Jacco Gardner bringing the kaleidoscopic Cabinet of Curiosities to The Chapel. Unlike Gardner, the band Overseas is a domestic outfit; while the group’s name may not ring a bell, its band members’ names and CVs — David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, Will Johnson of Centro-matic, and Bubba and Matt Kadane of Bedhead and The New Year — likely will.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Mike Donovan – “New Fieldhand Bop”
Bringing Wot to the Rickshaw Stop on October 11; Tal National, BreakArts, and G. Green support

Tony Molina – “Don’t Come Back”
Playing at the Hemlock Tavern on October 8 and the DNA Lounge on October 14

Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl”
Co-headlining with Widowspeak at The Chapel; Pure Bathing Culture opens the October 18 show

Palma Violets – “Best of Friends”
Playing at UC Berkeley on October 18 and at the Treasure Island Music Festival on October 20

Jacco Gardner – “Chameleon”
Supporting Allah-Las on October 5 at The Chapel

Typhoon – “Dreams of Cannibalism”
Playing at The Independent on October 18 with Wild Ones

Sleepy Sun – “Stivey Pond”
Celebrating the release of a new EP at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on October 18 with Dylan Shearer

Meat Market – “B&E BBQ”
Appearing alongside Fine Steps at The Bay Bridged’s “Buried Treasure” party at San Franpsycho on October 10

Hunx & His Punx – “You Think You’re Tough”
Performing at The Chapel with Wet Drag on October 21

The Cave Singers – “Have to Pretend”
Appearing on October 4 at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013

Dustin Wong – “The Big She”
Dustin Wong’s tour with The Dodos comes to the Great American Music Hall on October 16

Kirin J Callinan – “Embracism”
Joining Seatraffic and All Your Sisters on October 29 at the Rickshaw Stop

Overseas – “Old Love”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill on October 14 with Radar Brothers