Download: Live This Month: November 2014 (Podcast #349)
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.
It’s finally starting to get colder in San Francisco, but there a ton of great shows to force you out of the house and into local music venues this month. We’re big indie pop fans around these parts, and Toronto five-piece Alvvays released one of the year’s best albums in the genre. The group’s self-titled debut LP, out now on Polyvinyl, is jangly, hazy and catchy as hell. Speaking of Polyvinyl, the label also released Deerhoof‘s latest compelling oddity, La Isla Bonita; how the longtime, formerly local band continues to surprise and excite after all these years remains a wonder.
On the fuzzier side of the pop spectrum, Purling Hiss‘ latest, Weirdon, frequently feels like a lost ’90s classic, all tightly wound and propulsive. Those attributes could also describe Meatbodies. The LA band is led by Chad Ubovich (who also plays with Mikal Cronin and FUZZ), and fans of garage rock will find much to love on the group’s self-titled album, which was recorded in SF by Eric “King Riff” Bauer.
Several local artists are releasing new albums this month, including Cool Ghouls, whose second LP of garage-psych, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, was recorded live-to-tape by Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets. On the orchestral side of psychedelia, Battlehooch has a new EP called Wink that arrives this month; the band offers reliably energetic live performances, and they’re sure not to disappoint at Bottom of the Hill this month. Meanwhile, local electronic pop wiz Giraffage has a new EP out soon, and is headlining shows around the Bay in a mini-residency that’s quickly selling out.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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