Download: Live This Month: April 2014 — an audio guide through upcoming SF concerts (Podcast #333)

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.

Truth be told, a couple of the concerts highlighted this month are already sold out, but their inclusion here is meant to inspire you to do what it takes (hopefully just look on Craigslist?) to find tickets. One of those shows features Blood Orange, the latest project of Devonté Hynes. As a writer/producer, Hynes has worked with the likes of Sky Ferriera and Solange Knowles, and his acclaimed 2013 LP Cupid Deluxe is an enchanting and incredibly varied collection of weird pop songs. Also on the sold-out front: Future Islands. As we mentioned in our SXSW mixtape, the band was one of our Austin highlights, and the opportunity to see them at The Chapel is simply too good to miss. The song we’ve included here comes from Singles, the group’s latest collection of emotionally charged electronic pop.

As this mix shows, though, there are also plenty of great shows this month that aren’t sold out! On the local front, it’s been about two-and-a-half years since SF surf-pop band The She’s released their first full length, which makes the new Dreamers EP both anticipated and overdue. The band’s record release party is a four-band affair, and you should get there early to see Bay Bridged favorites Cocktails. Burnt Ones are also releasing a new album this month. Castle Face Records promises that Gift is the most psychedelic record yet from this SF band, and the song we’ve included, “Spell Breakers,” offers a hazy, sound collage-informed take on garage rock stomp.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

New Bums – “Black Bough”
Performing on April 13 at The Chapel

Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough”
Devonte Hynes’s Blood Orange performs at the Great American Music Hall on April 15

Temples – “Shelter Song”
On April 14, Temples join Drowners and DJ Omar Perez at the Great American Music Hall

Burnt Ones – “Spell Breakers”
Bringing the new Gift LP to the Brick & Mortar Music Hall; Useless Eaters, Violent Change, Al Lover and DJ William Keihn join the band on April 12

M. Lockwood Porter – “Secrets”
Playing at The Chapel on April 12 and Amnesia on April 15

Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band – “WPIC (3D Remix)”
Tara Jane O’Neil supports this band at The Independent on April 30

Future Islands – “Star Stamp”
The band’s tour with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat stops at The Chapel on April 10

Foli – “Figure Eight”
Performing at the Hemlock Tavern on April 22 with Upstairs Downstairs

Jagwar Ma – “Uncertainty”
Supporting MS MR at The Fillmore on April 14 and 15

Factory Floor – “Turn It Up”
Coming to The Independent with DVA Damas on April 16

Dahga Bloom – “Space is the Place”
Playing alongside Dead Meadow on April 20 at The Chapel

Dum Dum Girls – “Lost Boys & Girls Club”
Headlining The Independent on April 8; Blouse and Some Ember support

The She’s – “My Secret to Keep”
Celebrating the release the Dreamers EP on April 18 at the Rickshaw Stop

WL – “You’re Not Really Here”
Appearing at The Night Light on April 21 with Surf Club and There’s Talk

The Yellow Dress – “A Complete List of Fears Ages 5-28 (aprox)”
The SF band headlines Bottom of the Hill on April 19 with Rags & Ribbons and Should We Run