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Download: Live This Month: January 2015 (Podcast #354)

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 you haven’t adopted too many resolutions, consider adding this one to whatever you’ve already got lined up: resolve to go see more live music in 2015!

As this month’s podcast shows, January offers plenty of killer concert offerings, including a number of local bands with new albums. Tiaras is comprised of former members of stellar groups Ganglians and Blasted Canyons — the new band isn’t just a sum of those parts, though, soaring on a dynamic, melodic sound. Happy Fangs has been building a buzz around SF for a while now, and the trio’s debut LP, Capricorn, delivers punchy, energetic noise pop. And while The Soft White Sixties don’t have a new record, the ascendant rock and roll group is sure to thrill during their Wednesday night residency at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall all month long.

Cult of Youth describe their latest album, Final Days, as “post-industrial Pet Sounds,” a nod to how dense the group’s gloomy post-punk sounds. On the folkier side of things, Natalie Mering provided vocals on Ariel Pink’s Mature Themes, and her commanding voice is front and center in Weyes Blood. Mering just released her second LP under that moniker, The Innocents, on Mexican Summer. Finally, we don’t normally include a lot of string groups on the podcast, but, then again, most string groups don’t have as much of an interest in indie rock as the Portland Cello Project, whose latest album, to e.s., is a mix of Elliott Smith covers and new works inspired by Smith’s music.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

The Soft White Sixties – “Lemon Squeezer”
Performing at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall every Wednesday in January

The Vaselines – “Last Half Hour”
Coming to The Independent on January 27; Loch Lomond opens the show

Tiaras – “Thought I Could Know”
The SF band plays the Hemlock Tavern on January 7 and El Rio on January 8

Sugar Candy Mountain – “Soak Up the City”
Topping an all-local show with Fine Points, Li Xi, and DJ Royal Oakie on January 28 at Leo’s

Monster Rally & Jay Stone – “Recollection”
The duo headlines Leo’s with Queens D. Light and Kid Trails on January 24

Lord RAJA – “Spilt Out In Cursive”
Touring with Beacon, both bands arrive at the Rickshaw Stop on January 28

Kendra McKinley – “Convince Me”
The singer-songwriter performs at The Fillmore with Rainbow Girls, The Hot Toddies, and The She’s on January 31

Happy Fangs – “Contagious”
Happy Fangs’ album release show takes place on January 31 at the Rickshaw Stop; also performing: The Trims and Survival Guide

Chain and the Gang – “Devitalize”
Playing with Flesh World and Skate Laws on January 14 at the Make-Out Room

Cult of Youth – “Empty Faction”
The band headlines the Elbo Room on January 24, alongside performances by Hive Mind and Skander and a DJ set by Ning Nong

Portland Cello Project -“Between The Bars”
On January 24, the band performs at The Chapel

Balms – “Golden Hair”
Opening for O and Annie Girl & the Flight on January 15 at the Rickshaw Stop

Helms Alee – “Pleasure Center”
On January 28, the band’s tour with Marriages arrives at the Hemlock Tavern; Glaciers will open the show

Weyes Blood – “Land of Broken Dreams”
Coming to the Hemlock Tavern on January 27 with Meg Baird

Phosphorescent – “You Can Make Me Feel Bad”
Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck performs a solo show at the Great American Music Hall on January 22