Download: Live This Month: October 2015 (Podcast #372)
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.
Summer may be over, but music festival season hasn’t ended yet, with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend and the Treasure Island Music Festival later this month. We’ve included a couple of Treasure Island tracks in this mix, but both festivals offer countless potential highlights, including Hardly Strictly’s all-star performance of Big Star’s Third in its entirety, and the debut of Big Grams (the new project of Big Boi and Phantogram) at TI. Sandwitched between those big fests is the Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival, which takes place on October 10, and offers a whole slew of local Bay Bridged favorites, like Down Dirty Shake, Sandy’s, Cellar Doors, and Travis Hayes.
Beyond the festivals, though, there are plenty of other compelling shows in October. Swedish band Dungen has been awfully quiet in recent years as the group’s members have explored a couple of well-regarded side projects, The Amazing and Amason. Known for its beautiful psych-rock, the band has ended a five year gap between records with Allas Sak, out on Mexican Summer.
A couple of post-punk bands with local ties are also playing SF this month. LA/Oakland band Wax Idols returns to the Bay with a new album, American Tragic, on Collect Records. As you’ll hear on “Lonely You,” bandleader Hether Fortune knows how to confront emotional gravity with a strong sense of melody. New Orleans band Heat Dust just released its debut album on local label The Flenser. The band’s impressive tour with Thou and The Body offers a number of opportunities to see them live in East Bay venues.
The biggest local name included in this month’s mix is Deafheaven, set to headline The Fillmore in a few weeks. New Bermuda is the group’s third LP, and it finds them continuing to fold sounds and ideas well beyond black metal into their ever-evolving approach. Another Bay Area band with an intense and mutating sound is Loma Prieta. The hardcore band has its own new record, Self Portrait, out today on Deathwish. Meanwhile, Oakland band Mansion is gearing up for the launch of Early Life in November; get a taste of the band’s raw, noisy rock in this mix.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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