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Download: Live This Month: June 2015 (Podcast #364)

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.

A number of the Bay Area bands included in this month’s mix are celebrating the release of long-overdue albums, although no band embodies that quite as much as SF band Acid King. The stoner metal group began in 1993; its new album, Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere, arrives a full decade after its predecessor. Listening to “Red River,” one might assume that the ten years was spent amassing heaviness to unleash on a now-unsuspecting public.

By comparison, it’s only been three years since Tumbleweed Wanderers‘ first album, an interval that found the group busy touring, playing festivals like Outside Lands, and releasing an EP. Still, the singles from Realize make the Oakland band’s new album feel like a big leap forward, seamlessly melding the group’s love of Americana, soul, and psych music into a unique spin on rock and roll.

Two Sheds has long been a favorite of ours, and we’ve followed the group from its early origins in Sacramento, through a stint that included a foot in the Bay Area, to their current home of Los Angeles. The indie rock-pop band’s new album, Assembling, was spawned out of some marathon songwriting sessions, and we’ve long been impressed by the group’s ability to build rich atmosphere from layers of sonic texture.

Finally, in what we think is a Bay Bridged podcast first, we’ve included two songs in this mix that both have the exact same title. How weird is that? And more importantly: will 2015 ultimately be known as the year of “Bad Blood”?

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Kinski – “Flight Risk”
Coming to the Hemlock Tavern on June 6; locals Heron Oblivion and Mall Walk kick off the show

Flesh World – “Poolside Boys”
Celebrating the release of The Wild Animals in My Life at El Rio on June 20 with The Mantles and Uffizi

PINS – “Young Girls”
The Manchester band’s US tour hits the Rickshaw Stop on June 16; also performing are Queen Kwong and Talkies

Male Gaze – “The Shining Path”
Playing at a benefit concert for the San Francisco Rock Project with White Fence and Magic Trick; the show takes place on June 14 at the Rickshaw Stop

Calvin Love – “Daydream”
Love’s tour with Jacco Gardner comes to the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on June 27; local bands Cool Ghouls and Vanwave support

Tumbleweed Wanderers – “Bad Blood”
Releasing Realize with a show at The Independent on June 11; Debbie Neigher opens

Two Sheds – “I Am My Own”
This Frontier Needs Heroes and Young Nudist play alongside the LA-via-Sacramento band at Amnesia on June 18

Acid King – “Red River”
Performing at The Chapel with Carlton Melton and DJ Naked Rob on June 20

Is/Is – “Before The Stars”
SF’s Sarah Bethe Nelson and The Aerosols join the Portland band at the Hemlock Tavern on June 18

Dinosaurs – “Hell In My House”
Rounding out an all-local show with Scraper, Jerks, and Unity on June 16 at Bottom of the Hill

Fred Thomas – “Bad Blood”
The artist’s tour comes to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on June 29 with Try the Pie

Elvis Depressedly – “New Alhambra”
Touring with Mitski and Eskimeaux, the three bands head to Bottom of the Hill on June 30

Bonnie & the BANG BANG – “Every New Love”
The Great American Music Hall hosts the Oakland band alongside fellow locals Curious Quail and Travis Hayes & The Young Daze on June 27

Ryley Walker – “Primrose Green”
Playing with Amen Dunes and Xander Duell on June 12 at The Chapel