Rafiq Bhatia - Photo by Zenith Richards

Download: Live This Month: May 2018 (Podcast #427)

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.

Our May mix of concert picks features new and recent local music from DONCAT, Coke, Ezra Furman, and Mystic Priestess. There’s also a ton of excellent local hip hop in this mix, including Ruby Ibarra, Kamaiyah, and Beejus, who is one of many artists performing at our 2018 Southside Festival on May 19.

Seattle’s Special Explosion offers one of this month’s highlights from touring bands, as does Montreal’s Tess Roby, who has crafted some of the best downtempo electronic pop in recent memory. Other standouts include the talented guitarist and composer Rafiq Bhatia, Hovvdy‘s bedroom indie pop, and R.I.P.‘s scuzzy hard rock.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

DONCAT – “Try To Be Someone”
On May 31, the SF artist headlines the Rickshaw Stop with King Dream and Mayya & The Revolutionary Hell Yeah

Beejus – “Anti Hype”
Performing at the 2018 Southside Festival on May 19 with Zion-I, Down 2 Earth, Just Rese, FELA KUTCHII, and more

Coke – “Ray Liotta”
Turqouiz Noiz and Meager round out an all-local bill at The Knockout on May 15

Special Explosion – “Fire”
Coming to the Rickshaw Stop on May 8 with American Pleasure Club and High Sunn

Tess Roby – “Ballad 5”
On May 27, Carla dal Forno joins the Montreal artist at Neck of the Woods

Kamaiyah – “Slide (Bet)”
Performing at the Blurry Vision Festival on May 13 with Migos, NxWorries, and more

Rafiq Bhatia – “Breaking English”
Headlining Cafe Du Nord with Ian Chang on May 30

R.I.P. – “Unmarked Grave”
The Portland band brings street doom to the Elbo Room on May 25 with Owl and Blackwülf

Michael Beach – “I Never Had Enough Time With You”
Andy Human and the Reptoids, Brain Bagz and Preening round out the lineup at the Hemlock Tavern on May 25

Hovvdy – “Late”
Half Waif and Lomelda join the duo at the Swedish American Hall on May 10

Mystic Priestess – “Toxic Masculinity”
Oakland’s Mystic Priestess performs alongside False Figure and Ghost Stories at SF-Eagle on May 17

Ruby Ibarra – “Here”
The all-local hip hop lineup includes Ruby Ibarra, LEX The Lexicon Artist, Chow Mane, and Rudy Kalma on May 19 at Bottom of the Hill

Ezra Furman – “Love You So Bad”
Headlining The Independent on May 13, with support from Shannon Lay

Nanami Ozone – “All of It”
Joining Friendless Summer and April Magazine on May 20 at the Make-Out Room