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Download: Live This Month: December 2018 (Podcast #436)

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.

Local musicians are performing at wealth of great concerts in the Bay Area through the end of the year. Having recently released his latest album, SF singer-songwriter Andrew St. James will be appearing at a Camp Fire benefit show at the Great American Music Hall this month, one of a number of opportunities this month to hear some local music and support fire relief efforts. Speaking of new albums, Rose Droll‘s first LP just arrived on SF’s Father/Daughter Records, and she’s part of a stellar night of Father/Daughter bands coming up at the Independent.

A number of creative duos are touring through the Bay this month as well. Cate Le Bon and White Fence’s Tim Presley reunited this year for their second album of warped post-punk as Drinks, while Homeboy Sandman & Edan collaborated in 2018 to create some expansive, psych-infused hip-hop. Finally, the Midnight Hour may be a new name, but you are likely familiar with the work of its principals, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Adrian Younge, who have long and impressive resumes as composers and producers of soulful music.

Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!

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About the bands:

Lumerians – “Silver Trash”
JUUJJUU and Blow play alongside the Oakland psych band at the Rickshaw Stop on December 22

Andrew St. James – “I’m Ready”
Performing at ​The San Francisco Camp Fire Benefit Show at the Great American Music Hall on December 19 with Magic Trick, The Y Axes and many more

Emma Ruth Rundle – “Light Song”
On December 10, Rundle performs at the Rickshaw Stop with Jaye Jayle and Hether Fortune

Drinks – “Corner Shops”
Coming to the Rickshaw Stop on December 16 with Beef and The Gonks

Rose Droll – “Boy Bruise”
Performing with Pllush, Pardoner, and SOAR at The Independent on December 13

Homeboy Sandman & Edan – “Grim Seasons”
The duo headlines Thee Parkside on December 15 alongside Spote Breeze & Asonic Garcia and K’in Sventa

Lower Self – “In the Glow”
On December 18, Lower Self, Rip Room, and Nobody’s Baby perform at The Knockout

The Midnight Hour – “Black Beacon”
The duo performs at The New Parish on December 21

Advance Base – “Your Dog”
On December 11, Owen Ashworth’s project comes to the Hotel Utah with Lisa/Liza and Stephen Steinbrink

Hot Snakes – “Six Wave Hold-Down”
Culture Abuse and Tony Molina join the resurgent band to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Slim’s

Thou – “The Changeling Prince”
Thou’s US tour includes shows at the Balboa Theatre, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, and the Starline Social Club on December 10 and 11