Magik*Magik plays tonight at Swedish American Music Hall with Frail Ophelias and Rose Droll.
Friday, December 2
DonCat, We Arsons, Dogcatcher @ Milk Bar
The two-night year-ender-bender in celebration of DonCat’s LP release of Easy Cowboy starts tonight! Expect an all local crew of bands for this #EasyCowboy event.
Sad13, Vagabon, Lisa Prank @ The Hemlock Tavern
Sad13 is Sadie Dupuis’ (frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz) entirely solo project. All production and composition is her own, and she lets things get weird (in a very good way) with the guitar effects. Also on the bill and worthy of a shout-out is up-and-comer Vagabon signed to local label Father/Daughter Records.
Magik*Magik @ Swedish American Musica Hall
Minna Choi of Magik*Magik Orchestra gone solo. No other venue than the Swedish American Music Hall could be more fitting for her maestro instrumentation and swelling emotive lyrics. Find me there nestled in one of the thrones tonight.
Lungs and Limbs, Survival Guide @ Neck of the Woods
Frontwoman of Survival Guide Emily Whitehurst has long been a local favorite. She also sings as part of the “Young Daze” portion of Travis Hayes and the Young Daze.
NoDAPL / A Benefit Concert for Standing Rock @ Amnesia
Still revved up with the giving spirit after Giving Tuesday? M. Lockwood Porter, Eaglewolfsnake, Actual Wolf, Rainbow Girls, and Tom Rhodes are on this stacked line-up where all proceeds of the show go towards the water protectors at Standing Rock.
Pumpkin @ The Hole
It’s San Francisco band Pumpkin‘s tape release party! Come out for the sad punk, stay for the good times.
Saturday, December 3
DonCat, Be Calm Honcho @ Milk Bar
Your first sneak peek into the album should be slow-burn single “Untrue.”
CRX @ Slim’s
CRX is none other than Nick Valensi of The Strokes — you know, that band with the album ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Debut Albums of All-Time?
The Japanese House, The Big Moon @ Rickshaw Stop
Pay attention to that link above for a revamped punk cover from The Big Moon of Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger.”
Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady Wray @ Mezzanine
Lee Fields is still on my own bucket list to see live. His 40 plus year career as a soul and R&B singer only improves with age, as his album Faithful Man with The Expressions in 2012 was one of the best releases of the year. Originally discovered by Missy Elliott, Lady Wray reveals the tumultuous underside of her personal life through her songs.
Sunday, December 4
AQuarius recOrds Wake @ Make-Out Room
AQuarius recOrds was a staple for the music community for almost fifty years, and now they’re throwing a “low-key shindig” as a last-time blow-out after their doors shuttered this year. They’re promising a pot-luck, pizza, booze, and music.
Lysol, Odio, Remnants, Tiny Head @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Round out your balanced weekend diet with an all ages punk show at an Oakland record store.