Downtown Boys

Friday, September 22

Tino Drima, Cool Ghouls, Spooky Mansion, Killer Whale @ Verdi Club
A record release wedding full of great local bands! I’m pretty sure the wedding angle is a joke, but why not show up and get married?

Downtown Boys, Blues Lawyer, Pumpkin @ Bottom of the Hill
Providence’s Downtown Boys is one of the best live bands around, and the group’s politically-charged punk rock feels pretty necessary right now.

China, Yea-Ming and The Rumours, David and Joanna @ Octopus Literary Salon
Some Bay Bridged favorites bring lyrical pop to the Octopus.

Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, Spirit of the Beehive @ Starline Social Club
Michelle Zauner’s new album is even more richly detailed than her first Japanese Breakfast LP (and that’s saying something).

Danzig, Deafheaven, Vamps @ The Warfield
Pretty amazing to see local black metal purveyors Deafheaven touring with the legendary Misfits frontman.

Saturday, September 23

Mondo Drag, CCR Headcleaner, Dealer @ Thee Parkside
Great music for a great cause, with three heavy local bands playing a Hurricane Harvey benefit that features vendor pop-ups and more.

Kevin Morby, Shannon Lay @ Great American Music Hall
Folk-rocker Kevin Morby branched out from bands to become an acclaimed solo artist. Now, he’s helping Shannon Lay of Feels do the same by releasing her latest set of folk tunes.

Blood Orange, Ian Isiah @ The Fox Theater
Freetown Sound was one of last year’s best records, and “Augustine” remains in my regular rotation.

Swervedriver @ Bimbo’s
The shoegaze vets are playing their first two albums front-to-back in two sets.

Sunday, September 24

Downtown Boys, SOAR, Spellling @ Starline Social Club
Did you miss Downtown Boys in SF on Friday? Here’s another chance to see them with terrific locals SOAR and Spellling.

The 2017 Folsom Street Fair
Whether you’re a leather enthusiast or not, Folsom is one of the best street fairs around, with reliably excellent music. This year features performances by Austra, Little Boots, Black Kids, SUMif and more.

Grouper, Sarah Davachi @ The Lab
Stranded Records celebrates its five-year anniversary with two shows from Grouper’s Liz Harris, who crafts often-haunting ambient music.