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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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About the bands:

Meatbodies – “Tremmors”
The band’s tour with Twin Peaks and Criminal Hygiene arrives at Bottom of the Hill on November 15

Cool Ghouls – “And It Grows”
Celebrating the release of A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye at the SF Eagle on November 20 with Froth and The She’s

Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
The band comes to the Rickshaw Stop on November 29; Absolutely Free and Talk In Tongues support

Purling Hiss – “Forcefield of Solitude”
Andy Human & the Reptoids and Feral Ohms join the Philadelphia band at the Hemlock Tavern on November 19

The Stone Foxes – “She Said Riot”
The SF band’s residency at The Chapel continues on November 8 and 15

Wild Ones – “Paia”
Touring with Radiation City, the two bands perform at the Rickshaw Stop on November 23; Be Calm Honcho opens

Giraffage – “Be With You”
Playing at Leo’s on November 6 and Brick & Mortar Music Hall on November 7

Battlehooch – “Daylight in Space”
Battlehooch, Down Dirty Shake and Kokomo Hum are all releasing new albums at Bottom of the Hill on November 22

SunMonks – “In a Desert of Plenty”
The Northern California quartet opens for Arswain and Young Aundee at Bottom of the Hill on November 16

East India Youth – “Heaven, How Long”
The British artist supports Gruff Rhys on November 18 at The Chapel

John Wesley Coleman III – “The Love That You Own”
On November 22, the singer-songwriter appears at the Hemlock Tavern with Greg Ashley

Thick Red Wine – “Marathon”
Joining The Wytches and Rich Girls on November 8 at Bottom of the Hill

J. Mascis – “Every Morning”
Accompanied by Luluc, the rock veteran comes to The Independent on November 15

Deerhoof – “Paradise Girls”
The venerable band’s latest tour hits the Great American Music Hall on November 18; Crystal Skulls and Go Dark also perform