Download: Live This Month: February 2014 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #327)

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 it’s February, that means that it’s Noise Pop season, and Noise Pop 2014 will be taking over Bay Area venues from February 25 to March 2. We’ll be doing a ton of Noise Pop coverage on the site over the coming weeks and during the festival, but we’ve highlighted a few Noise Pop performers in this podcast too, including Majical Cloudz, Cities Aviv, and Future Twin. Future Twin is headlining our free Bay Bridged Noise Pop Happy Hour on February 28 at Bender’s with Cocktails and Blood Sister, which should be a really fun show with three exciting local bands.

Also of note: local band residencies are popping up more and more at San Francisco venues, a welcome development that allows bands to fine-tune new songs before entering the studio, as Social Studies did at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall a few months ago, or test out recently recorded songs live, as WATERS is doing this month at the Brick & Mortar. They also allow locals to curate bills showcasing the many talents of the SF scene; Bill Baird‘s residency at Amnesia, for example, features a wide variety of local talents. In summary, more local residencies please.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Hospitality – “I Miss Your Bones”
Coming to the Rickshaw Stop on February 11 with Air Waves and Matt Kivel

WATERS – “If Only”
Performing every Monday in February at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall

The Cairo Gang – “Tiny Rebels”
The band’s tour visits The Night Light on February 5 and Amnesia on February 6

Quilt – “Arctic Shark”
Locals The Spyrals and Wymond Miles support Quilt on February 14 at Bottom of the Hill

Future Twin – “Lockits”
Headlining the free Bay Bridged Noise Pop Happy Hour on February 28 at Bender’s with Cocktails and Blood Sister

The Memories – “I’m Easy”
Headlining the Make-Out Room on February 9 and supporting R. Stevie Moore on February 21 at The Chapel

Bill Baird – “Spring Break Of The Soul”
Playing at Amnesia every Tuesday this month

Majical Cloudz – “Childhood’s End”
Appearing at the Scene Unseen party at 1015 Folsom on February 28 with Mr. Carmack, Supreme Cuts and more

Cities Aviv – “URL IRL”
Supporting Shabazz Palaces at a Noise Pop show at Slim’s on February 27

Xiu Xiu – “Stupid in the Dark”
Joining Tearist and Farewell on February 22 at Bottom of the Hill

The Family Crest – “The World”
Celebrating the release of Beneath the Brine on February 13 at the Great American Music Hall

Shearwater – “Fucked Up Life”
Jesca Hoop and Cazadero support Shearwater at Bottom of the Hill on February 8

Pontiak – “Wildfires”
Playing on February 13 with Golden Void and Cy Dune at the Make-Out Room

Dog Party – “Los Angeles”
Performing as part of theBay Area Record Label Fair at Thee Parkside on February 15