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Download: Live This Month: January 2018 (Podcast #420)

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.

With the start of the new year come new releases by local musicians, and this mix features new songs from Santa Rosa punks Brown Bags and the old school country-influenced sounds of Laura Benitez and the Heartache, as well as Sacramento post-punk band Screature. We’ve also included great new-to-the-podcast songs from records Madeline Tasquin and GLO released last year.

January also provides opportunities to check out a number of touring bands that put out strong works in 2017. John Maus‘ latest is another compelling set of experimental electronic pop music, while Circuit des Yeux is a captivating avant-folk performer with a keen sense of atmosphere. Meanwhile, Chastity Belt released its third full length last year, and it delivers more winning melodic post-punk.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

John Maus – “Touchdown”
Coming to Slim’s on January 27; Holy Shit opens the show

Brown Bags – “(Not) Again”
Joining Great Apes and Daikon at Bottom of the Hill on January 12

Jen Cloher – “Forgot Myself”
Mia Dyson opens for the Australian artist on January 24 at Cafe Du Nord

Madeline Tasquin – “Future Telephone”
Supporting Whiskerman and Marty O’Reilly at The Independent on January 26

GLO – “All Nite”
Performing at Bottom of the Hill on January 25 with, 1988, and Stress Therapy

Chastity Belt – “Different Now”
Headlining Cafe Du Nord with Ziplock on January 23

Screature – “North of Order”
Playing the Phoenix Theater on January 13 and the Hemlock Tavern on January 19

Circuit des Yeux – “Paper Bag”
Haley Fohr’s project comes to The Chapel on January 20 with Mary Lattimore

Laura Benitez and the Heartache – “In Red”
Celebrating the band’s new album at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on January 25 with Paula Frazer and Tarnation and Chelsea Coleman

Charly Bliss – “Black Hole”
The band’s tour with Wolf Parade comes to The Fillmore on January 16 and The UC Theatre on January 17

Abbot Kinney – “Can We Become”
Playing an all-local show presented by The Bay Bridged at The Independent on January 13; NRVS LVRS and MANICS also perform