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Download: Live This Month: June 2017 (Podcast #408)

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.

Richmond’s Rayana Jay — performing at our 2017 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival with a ton of other great artists — is one of a number of amazing singer-songwriters included this month’s mix. Girl in a Coma frontwoman Nina Diaz battled through addiction to craft a musically diverse solo debut, and she’s coming to Cafe du Nord later this month. Tim Darcy‘s first solo album allows the musician to showcase his voice in a more stripped-down environment than with his post-punk band Ought, and New Zealand’s Aldous Harding has a new album of spare folk that is simply stunning.

There’s also a strong showing by electronic pop musicians in this month’s mix, with local highlights from NRVS LVRS‘ new album, a new single by Cathedrals, and MANICS, a duo headlining a Popgang Records showcase of local electronic sounds. On the touring side, June sees the welcome return of Land of Talk behind the group’s first album since 2010.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

NRVS LVRS – “I Am Almost Perfectly Awake”
Headlining Bottom of the Hill on June 30 with The Dead Ships, vverevvolf, Good Help, and DJ Bailey

Saint Pe – “Kiss It Goodbye”
Playing alongside Midnite Snaxxx and Valley Boy on June 12 at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Adult Mom – “Full Screen”
Co-headlining the Rickshaw Stop with Free Cake for Every Creature on June 13; Soar opens the show

Tim Darcy – “Still Waking Up”
Wymond Miles opens for the Ought songwriter on June 11 at the Hemlock Tavern

Rayana Jay – “Everything”
Performing with Thee Oh Sees, The Coathangers, Jay Som, Sean Hayes and many more at the 2017 Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival on June 17

Cathedrals – “Don’t Act Like a Stranger”
Rituals of Mine and Yassou join Cathedrals at Mezzanine on June 8

Nina Diaz – “Rebirth”
The Girl in a Coma frontwoman headlines Cafe Du Nord on June 10; See opens the show

Hot Flash Heat Wave – “Lonely Times”
On June 19, the band celebrates its new album at the Rickshaw Stop with The Buttertones and Inner Wave

Tigers Jaw – “June”
Touring with Saintseneca and Smidley, Tigers Jaw comes to Slim’s on June 6

Bad Sports – “Living With Secrets”
Texas bands Radioactivity and Bad Sports come to the Hemlock Tavern on June 7 with Neutrals

Aldous Harding – “Horizon”
The New Zealand singer-songwriter appears at the Swedish American Hall on June 24

Land of Talk – “This Time”
Half Waif opens for Elizabeth Powell’s band on June 30 at The Independent

MANICS – “Walk Without Me”
The duo tops an all-local electronic show at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on June 15; also on the bill are Pretty, Handsome, Finally Boys, Parentz, and RZN8R

The Builders and the Butchers – “Casket Lands”
The Portland band comes to Bottom of the Hill on June 7; Ike Fonseca and Sore Thumb support