(illustration: Cassidy Miller)
In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers 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 the Bay Area concert scene.
Tame Impala @ The Greek Theatre (BRK) Sept. 3.
If you live near UC Berkeley, chances are you probably caught a glimpse Tame Impala’s crazy light show. The band crushed it a The Greek Theatre Saturday, September 3. The Australian-bred musicians sold out two shows at this legendary arena, and with good reason. The psychedelic rock band blasted the audience with confetti, played a mix of obscure classics as well as newer hits, and covered the night sky with colorful laser lights that could be seen miles away from the arena. — Estefany Gonzalez
Lithics, The World, Toyota at The Octopus Literary Salon (OAK) Sept. 10.
Portland’s Lithics had some gear stolen from their car just before the show, but it didn’t stop them from playing an incredible, tight set. They even managed to find a guitar slide at the very last second amidst the sardine-can-crammed contents of The Octopus’ belly. Toyota came out in their signature domino jumpsuits and orange safety glasses and blasted through a beautiful set of disjointed post-punk that would make DEVO proud. The World play one last show 9/24 at The Salt Lick before heading off on tour. You really should be there; they rule. —MBL