In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every other Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week’s Bay Area concert scene.
Not Yetis at VAMP (Oak) Apr. 29.
Sporting giant Russian fur hats Not Yetis tore through a career spanning setlist with excellent AV narration to keep everyone up to speed. Like a Rutles movie starring GBV. Not Yetis play this Saturday in Petaluma with Rick’s most infamous band The Ogres plus The Boars, The Hampton Wicks & DJ Sid Presley! Did someone say road trip? —MBL
Tortoise at Great American Music Hall (SF) May 1.
The debate over the SF music scene’s fate ends when you enter The Great American Music Hall. Hosting music since 1907 the place is an absolute treasure unmatched in this universe and as long as bands play there we have nothing to bitch about. Doug McCombs now looks like Mr. Natural but Tortoise still got it. —MBL
The World at The White Horse (Oak) May 5.
Oakland supergroup, The World, kicked off their 1st ever US tour at the iconic White Horse, packed to the gills and with a brand new 7″ for sale that will have it’s release party May 25th at El Rio when they return, triumphant. —MBL
The World at The White Horse (OAK) May 5.
How do you classify a band like The World? As I was watching them on the sweaty dance floor of The White Horse on Cinco de Mayo, I pondered that question for about a minute, but decided to stop trying and just enjoy the fantastic ride. They’re doing something that is entirely their own and doing a damn good job of it. The show was a tour send off – it would be a good idea to catch them when they make their triumphant return to The Bay May 25 at El Rio. —Russell Jelinek
Rogue Wave and Cellar Doors at Starline Social Club (OAK) May 5.
Upstairs at the Starline, the Cellar Doors opened with a mighty melodic fuzz and whir. A three-piece, running counterpoint bass and guitar lines, psychedelia, rock, and fuzz. They are really good. Rogue Wave, ripped through a deep set, full of songs from their new record Delusions of Grand Fur, and indie rock classics. Standouts were California Bride with its clever guitar play and Publish My Love with its bottom-drop-out chorus. —Daniel Senter
Energy Guide, The Vale & Rex Ruit at The Octopus Literary Salon (Oak) Apr. 29.
Berkeley’s Energy Guide came on first and set the bar pretty high. They bring to mind the late great Uncle Wiggly and for that I will always be grateful. —MBL