The Soft Moon

Download: Live This Month: April 2015 (Podcast #360)

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 sure is a great time to be a fan of classic dream-pop and shoegazer music, with the recently-reunited Ride hitting the US this month for their first US shows in 20 years. By contrast, Warren Defever, leader of longtime 4AD act His Name is Alive, has kept that band actively releasing records since its inception, but the experimental group’s 25th anniversary tour across the United States is certainly a notable event. And these highlights are to say nothing of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s arrival here next month.

A number of former locals are also playing big shows in April. The Soft Moon first gained acclaim while based in Oakland, but Luis Vasquez relocated to Europe to create his dark electronic-pop album Deeper. Meanwhile, Wove‘s heavy guitar-driven jams are sure to sound great at the Great American Music Hall this month. The show is the biggest local date yet for the new band, which evolved out of Nate Mercereau’s beloved A Million Billion Dying Suns.

On the local front, Oakland “hard mod” band Hard Left, which includes Slumberland Records’ Mike Schulman, is releasing its debut LP, We Are Hard Left, this month with a Hemlock Tavern show. If you’re more inclined toward indie pop, be sure to check out Nowhere Now, the first full-length from Oakland’s Waterstrider. Finally, regardless of your concert budget, there’s a great free show at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on April 7. We’ve included a track from Culture Abuse in the mix, but Scraper and Never Young are awesome local bands as well.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Lady Lamb – “Billions of Eyes”
Joined by Rathborne and Sea Knight, Aly Spaltro comes to the Rickshaw Stop on April 25

The Strange Land – “Specter”
Opening for Wand and CCR Headcleaner on April 15 at Bottom of the Hill

Hard Left – “Kicking It Off”
Releasing We Are Hard Left with a show at the Hemlock Tavern on April 30

Waxahatchee – “Air”
Performing alongside Girlpool and Crabapple on April 29 at the Great American Music Hall

Clark – “Winter Linn”
On April 23, Clark’s tour with Nosaj Thing comes to The Independent

Dinner – “Going Out”
Supporting Mac DeMarco on April 20 at The Independent

Brogan Bentley – “Smoke”
Performing at Underground SF on April 4 and The Independent on April 25

Culture Abuse – “Take It Out On Yourself”
Playing a free show on April 7 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall with fellow locals Scraper and Never Young

Wove – “On and On”
Co-headlining the Great American Music Hall on April 18 with Creepers; Chasms and Emotional also perform

Waterstrider – “White Light”
On April 30, the Oakland band celebrates the release of Nowhere Now with In the Valley Below and Freedom Fry at the Rickshaw Stop

The Soft Moon – “Black”
Girl Tears and Skull Katalog support The Soft Moon at The Chapel on April 28

Ride – “Leave Them All Behind”
The reunited band performs at The Warfield on April 13

Kathryn Calder – “Take A Little Time”
Coming to the Hotel Utah on April 29 with Ismay

His Name is Alive – “African Violet Casts A Spell”
On April 7, the band’s 25th anniversary tour comes to the Rickshaw Stop; Future Twin and Golden Drugs open the show