Friday, January 5

SARO, SUMif, verevvolf @ Rickshaw Stop (SF)
Expert indie pop from some of SF’s own. Read more in Robert’s Bands in Portraits on SUMif and VVEREVOLF.

Cortnee Langlie, Cap and Iain, Brad Sanzenbacher @ Art Boutiki (SJ)
The Acoustic Series returns with some South-of-San-Francisco locals.

Death By Stereo, Get Married @ The Ritz (SJ)
San Jose’s darkest bar gets an appropriate injection of hardcore.

Dirty Denim, Esses, Composite, Sweetwater Black @ The Uptown (Oakland)
Get ready for a wide range of rock and roll in Oakland.

Saturday, January 6

Bowie Birthday Bash @ The Chapel (SF)
There are a lot of Bowie tributes happening this weekend in honor of his birth, but this is the premiere event.

Brothers Prince, More Fatter @ The Independent (SF)
Get your funk on.

Kids on a Crime Spree, High and Fragile, the Total Bettys @ The Golden Bull (Oakland)
Get your fill of local power-pop in Oakland.

Nef the Pharaoh @ The Catalyst Atrium (Santa Cruz)
The new generation of Bay Area hip-hop headlines the atrium at the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz.

Sunday, January 7

Violence Creeps, Buttmunch, Shit Blimp, Twompsax @ Golden Bull (Oakland)
Honestly, the names of these bands are what got it on this list.