Download: Live This Month: February 2016 (Podcast #380)

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.

Noise Pop 2016 features prominently in this month’s podcast, which shouldn’t be a surprise given how many great bands partake every year in this annual highlight. Among other Noise Pop bands in the mix, check out new music from Seattle’s The Cave Singers, a track from the acclaimed collaborative album by Kneebody and Daedelus, and recent tracks from DIIV and Julien Baker.

Beyond Noise Pop, there are plenty of other highlights we’ve included in the podcast. Local bands Emotional, Scraper, and Exray’s are all celebrating the release of new albums. From out of town, Mass Gothic comes to SF this month as part of a tour around the band’s album release; the project is led by Noel Heroux, formerly the mind behind Hooray for Earth. From across the Atlantic, acclaimed singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas is performing a sold-out show at the Swedish American Hall.

Finally, we’ve got two Bay Bridged-presented shows to check out in February. First, WATERS, GRMLN, and Cocktails will be taking over Slim’s for a great night of indie rock on February 12. Two weeks after that, we’re hosting a free happy hour show at Bender’s for Noise Pop, with Baus, The Classical, and Motor Inn.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Emotional – “Hand 4 Hire”
Playing all over the Bay Area this month, including three shows at Amnesia on February 14, 21, and 28, and a Noise Pop show at The New Parish on February 26

The Cave Singers – “That’s Why”
Current Swell, Foxtails Brigade, and Jacob Golden join the band at The Chapel on February 26

Sharkmuffin – “First Date”
The band’s West Coast tour hits The Night Light on February 18 and the Hemlock Tavern on February 23

Scraper – “Blue Velvet”
Violence Creeps and Motor Inn help Scraper celebrate the release of Misery on February 25 at El Rio

Exray’s — “The Sound of a Ship”
Releasing Twelve at the Push the Feeling party at Underground SF on February 6

Lianne La Havas – “Unstoppable”
Performing a sold-out show at the Swedish American Hall on February 8

Mass Gothic – “Nice Night”
The band’s tour with Mazed comes to the Rickshaw Stop on February 14; Screature opens the show

Kneebody & Daedelus – “Drum Battle”
Electronic producer Daedalus and jazz-funk band Kneebody will be performing two collaborative shows at SF Jazz on February 24

The Classical – “Shovel & Bevel”
The Classical joins Baus and Motor Inn at The Bay Bridged’s free Noise Pop Happy Hour show at Bender’s on February 26

Arctic Flowers – “Magdalene”
Playing on February 13 at the Oakland Metro as part of the Still Not Quiet on the Western Front Fest

GRMLN – “Void”
Performing at Slim’s alongside WATERS and Cocktails on February 12

Expert Alterations – “You Can’t Always Be Liked”
Coming to Thee Parkside on February 19; Terry Malts, Talkies, and Smokescreens round out the bill

DIIV – “Dopamine”
The Brooklyn band is playing a couple of Noise Pop shows this month, at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on February 27 and The Independent on February 28

Julien Baker – “Something”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill, with support from Gracie and Rachel, Kacey Johansing, and Debbie Neigher, on February 25