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Download: Live This Month: February 2017 (Podcast #401)

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.

The Noise Pop Festival turns 25 this month, which is the sort of anniversary that would make this year’s fest noteworthy even if it somehow didn’t include a top-notch of array of local and touring artists. But as shown by the six festival bands included in this mix — Weyes Blood, This Will Destroy You, Uniform, Clipping., No Vacation, and Creeper Lagoon — Noise Pop 2017 is as vibrant as ever, featuring over a week of great concerts with stacked bills. If you haven’t done so already, you should probably start planning your Noise Pop itinerary ASAP.

Before Noise Pop hits, there are a wealth of other compelling local concert options, including Dead Sara playing an important benefit show, the SF debut of Palmistry, and the long overdue return of Detroit punks Tyvek. We’ve also included some excellent tracks from more local artists to check out in February, like CCR Headcleaner, Bells Atlas, and Meg Baird.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

CCR Headcleaner – “Eat This Riff”
On February 19, the SF band performs alongside Meatbodies and Shame Waves at The Chapel

Weyes Blood – “Seven Words”
Natalie Mering’s project comes to the Swedish American Hall on February 21; Half Waif, 20 Minute Loop, and Young Moon open the show

This Will Destroy You – “Dustism”
Supporting Deafheaven with Emma Ruth Rundle at The Independent on February 23 and 24

Bells Atlas – “Spec and Bubble”
Co-headlining the Rickshaw Stop on February 19 with Landlady; Motel Pools and Cassandra Jenkins also perform

Tyvek – “Origin of What”
The band’s tour with Fred Thomas stops at the Hemlock Tavern on February 9 and 1-2-3-4 Go! Records on February 10

Uniform – “Tabloid”
Black Marble, Mall Walk, and Blank Square join the NYC band on February 22 at the Starline Social Club

Clipping. – “Air ‘Em Out”
The Starline Social Club hosts the LA hip hop group with Baseck, DJ Marco De La Vega, and 93 Bulls on February 24

Meg Baird – “Counterfeiters”
On February 15, Tashi Dorji & Bill Orcutt and Danny Paul Grody join Baird at the Hemlock Tavern

No Vacation – “Sad Valentine”
Taking part in a stacked night of indie-pop — with Los Campesinos!, Crying, and The Y Axes — at the Great American Music Hall on February 24

Drab Majesty – “Cold Souls”
Deb Demure leads Drab Majesty to the Elbo Room on February 15

Dead Sara – “Something Good”
Headlining The Chapel on February 11; Wax Idols, Kera and the Lesbians, and The Tambo Rays round out the bill

Boy Harsher – “Morphine”
Boy Harsher and Alison Swing lead Tri Works’ third anniversary party at The Knockout on February 10

Palmistry – “Lifted”
Coming to the Rickshaw Stop on February 20 with DJs Aaron Axelsen and Marco

Creeper Lagoon – “Dear Deadly” (Note: contrary to what we said in the podcast, the version included here actually comes from the band’s 1997 self-titled EP, not 1998’s I Become Small and Go)
The reunited and beloved band plays two shows at Bottom of the Hill on February 26