Vanishing Life

Download: Live This Month: November 2016 (Podcast #396)

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.

Touring tends to slow down as winter approaches, but don’t mistake that for a shortage of great local concerts. There are plenty of excellent bands performing in SF this month, including a sizable number of Bay Area acts celebrating new albums with shows close to home. In this mix alone, we’ve included new music from locals Trails and Ways, Great Apes, The Y Axes, The New Up, Eyes on the Shore, and Nopes. From garage punk to synth pop, you’ve got your pick of local offerings to soundtrack your Thanksgiving.

While we often showcase a lot of newer and younger bands in these mixes, this month’s picks are dominated by veteran acts. The terrific NYC songwriter Jeffrey Lewis last released his seventh LP; Mike Polizze’s ever-evolving Purling Hiss is on album number six. And while The Mystery Lights might currently be touring in support of their debut LP, the band’s core duo have been performing together for almost fifteen years. In fact, Vanishing Life may be the newest group included here, but it’s comprised of punk rock lifers from Gorilla Biscuits, Bad Religion, Rise Against, and And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Trails and Ways – “Get Loud”
Joining Makeunder and Acid Ghost at The Uptown on November 18

Great Apes – “California Heart”
Performing at El Rio on November 12 with Caskitt, Cut Up, and New Way On

Vanishing Life – “Realist”
The band’s tour with Super Unison comes to Bottom of the Hill on November 17; Fake Your Own Death kicks off the evening

Purling Hiss – “3000 AD”
CCR Headcleaner and Luke Sweeney open for the Philadelphia band on November 10 at The Chapel

The Y Axes – “Monsters”
On November 26, Unlikely Heroes supports the band at the Make-Out Room

Shana Falana – “Cool Kids”
The former local returns to SF for a show at the Make-Out Room on November 20 with Swiftumz, Lovebirds, and DJs Kelley Stoltz and Allyson Baker

The New Up – “Future Is Now”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill on November 12 with Parkway and Young Elders

Jeffrey Lewis – “Outta Town”
The NYC singer-songwriter comes to the Hemlock Tavern on November 26; Mayya & the Revolutionary Hell Yeah and supervague also perform

Dune Rats – “Bullshit”
DZ Deathrays, Dune Rats, and Dinosaurs perform on November 10 at Thee Parkside

The Gotobeds – “Brash Not Rash”
Opening for Protomartyr at Slim’s on November 11; Life Stinks rounds out the bill

Eyes on the Shore – “Wolf Runner”
Celebrating the release of the band’s new EP at the Rickshaw Stop on November 17; Strange Vine and Owl Paws open the show

The Mystery Lights – “Follow Me Home”
The band’s tour with Night Beats stops at the Starline Social Club on November 8 and the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on November 9

Nopes – “Ditches”
Ovvn, Toyota, and Stucko also perform at the band’s album release show at Eli’s Mile High Club on November 18

Ricky Eat Acid – “hey”
Headlining the Swedish American Hall on November 17 with Kitty