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Download: Live This Month: March 2015 (Podcast #358)

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.

Many San Francisco Bay Area bands are heading down to Austin to take part in South by Southwest madness this month. While that may mean that more locals are away, it also means more opportunities to see emerging artists on pre- and post-SXSW tours, including international buzz bands like Madrid’s Hinds and London’s Happyness. Both of those bands are younger than London-based 2:54, but that group hasn’t visited the US since supporting The XX three years ago.

On the local music front, four of the five SF bands featured in this podcast are releasing new albums this month. Sabertooth Zombie‘s Human Performance IV completes a four-release series for the North Bay band, with a sound mixing psychedelic and hardcore elements. Sea Dramas actually made their new LP, Beware the Ephemeral, twice. After hearing one of their songs as recorded by Papercuts’ Jason Quever, the group scrapped their home recordings and re-did the whole album with him. Also check out new music from Growwler and Sporting Life in the mix.

Finally, The Seshen don’t have any new album release this month, but we’re so excited about the Oakland band’s stellar electronic indie pop that they’ll be playing at The Bay Brewed, our rock and roll beer festival later this month.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Broncho – “Class Historian”
Wyatt Blair and The Morons open for Broncho at The Independent on March 31

Sabertooth Zombie – “Gardens Of Loss”
On March 14, Creative Adult, Buffalo Tooth, Culture Abuse, and I Wanna Die round out the bill at Thee Parkside

Naomi Punk – “Television Man”
The Olympia band’s tour with PC Worship hits the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on March 11; locals Mall Walk, Dead Meat, and Al Lover (DJ set) support

Moon Duo – “Animal”
On March 25, the band headlines Bottom of the Hill with great locals Once and Future Band and Carlton Melton

The Seshen – “The Fall”
The Oakland band joins Tumbleweed Wanderers, Guy Fox, and John Brothers Piano Company at The Bay Brewed, our rock and roll beer festival at The Chapel on March 29

Sea Dramas – “Maker of Heart”
Celebrating the release of their new album at the Make-Out Room with Buxton on March 28

Hinds – “Between Cans”
Formerly known as Deers, this Spanish band plays the Rickshaw Stop on March 23 with Daydream Machine and Hot Flash Heat Wave

2:54 – “In the Mirror”
On March 11, 2:54’s tour with Honeyblood comes to Rickshaw Stop, where they’ll be joined by K. Skelton

Sporting Life – “Spoil Yr Party”
The SF band plays the Hemlock Tavern on March 11 with Drgn King and Post Men

Title Fight – “Chlorine”
Merchandise and Power Trip support the band at Slim’s on March 13

The Blank Tapes – “Way Too Stoned”
Touring with Howlin Rain, both bands come to Leo’s on March 13 and the Sweetwater Music Hall on March 14

Growwler – “Song Of Songs, pt. I”
Playing the Great American Music Hall on March 12 with Golden Void, Cellar Doors, and JJAAXXNN

Happyness – “A Whole New Shape”
Opening for White Fence and Twerps at Bottom of the Hill on March 30

Tim Hecker – “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron”
The electronic artist performs with Oren Ambarchi on March 24 at The Independent