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Download: Live This Month: October 2018 (Podcast #433)

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.

After a month off, Live This Month is back with a mix full of tunes that will make you want to see some concerts! This month’s mix is bookended by post-punk, with the lean and atmospheric EXEK starting things off, and Wax Chattels‘ raw and noisy sounds wrapping the episode up. In between, we’ve got a wealth of new music, including recent and new-to-us songs from locals Quinn DeVeaux, Half Stack, Howlin Rain, Emily Afton, King Dream, and Whateverglades. Former Bay Area musician Madeline Kenney — now based in North Carolina — also has an excellent new album out, and she’s returning to the Bay this month for a show as well.

October also means that festival season is still in full swing, with the much-loved Hardly Strictly Bluegrass already underway, the Treasure Island Music Festival making its welcome return with two dozen excellent acts performing at new digs in Oakland, and Bayview LIVE sure to deliver with performances by Kamaiyah, Rayana Jay and more.

Whether it’s at a festival or a small venue, there are a lot of highlights this month. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

EXEK – “Weight Loss (Henry’s Dream)”
On October 28, the band’s tour with Exploded View comes to the Rickshaw Stop; Marbled Eye opens the show

Quinn DeVeaux – “Spend Some Time”
Caravan 222 and Mae Powell join DeVeaux at The Chapel on October 11

Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog”
Performing as part of the Treasure Island Music Festival on October 14

Half Stack – “Dually”
Supporting Cut Worms and Michael Rault at the Rickshaw Stop on October 11

IDLES – “Danny Nedelko”
On October 8, the English punk band’s tour with Bambara hits The Independent

Howlin Rain – “Alligator Bride”
The Bay Area psych heavyweights perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on October 7

Prophet – “Insanity”
Performing on October 7 with Jerry Paper, Kiefer and Stimulator Jones at the Swedish American Hall

Emily Afton – “Sylvia”
Joining fellow locals Lapel and Meernaa at Cafe du Nord on October 11

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – “dOn’t turn me Off (Ft. JD AKA ThrashKitten & Mal Devisa)”
Sen Morimoto and IDHAZ open for Ogbonnaya on October 25 at Thee Parkside

King Dream – “Demon”
Performing on October 31 at Bottom of the Hill with Scott Mickelson and The Blue Beat Revue

Tropa Magica – “Doña Verano”
The East LA band comes to Bottom of the Hill on October 30

Madeline Kenney – “Overhead”
Kenney celebrates the release of her new album on October 18 at the Rickshaw Stop; Sandy’s and Boy Scouts also perform

Whateverglades – “What’d I Ever Do To You”
Joining The Love Dimension and Piccolo Pete at The Knockout on October 12

Wax Chattels – “It”
Captured Tracks artists Lina Tullgren, Wax Chattels and Drahla head to the Starline Social Club on October 28