Friday, January 25
Gardens & Villa, Lapel @ The Chapel
Local wonder Lapel opens for Santa Barbara indie stars Gardens & Villa.
Duster, Heaven’s Blade, Eye O @ The Ritz
The Ritz takes a break from touring acts to spotlight the return of San Jose’s Duster.
Saadi Halil, Kellin and Jamie @ Neck of the Woods
The South South Bay goes north with these two sets of guitar-strummers from Santa Cruz: Saadi Halil and the Coffis Brothers’ Kellin and Jamie.
Saturday, January 26
Oakland Popfest @ Ivy Room
A long list of local and locally-loved punk and power-pop bands make up this year’s Popfest. On deck for Saturday: French Vanilla, Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries, Dot Vom and more.
Punx with Lunch Benefit @ Oakland Metro
In addition to the show above, this show also benefits West Oakland Punks with Lunch: Class System, Provoke, Adrenochrome. Watch some bands, do some good.
Hard Times 4th Anniversary Party @ Thee Parkside
Celebrate all things Bay Area punk at this birthday bash, featuring stand-up, drinks, and a list of beloved local sponsors like Pirates Press and Different Fur, for the music site that your dad still sometimes can’t tell is satire. In true punk fashion, it’s free.
Sunday, January 27
Wild Child @ The Independent
Wild Child are back with their bright melodies, their penchant for face paint, and their very, very Austin vibes to light up the stage at the Indy.
Juan Wauters @ Cafe du Nord
Part of Captured Tracks’ varied roster, the Uruguayan native melds mellow indie sounds with South American hallmarks.
The Ferocious Few @ Sweetwater Music Hall
After a while away, the San Franciscans (who are approaching the decade-and-a-half mark as a band) are starting to get back out there. See them in Mill Valley on Sunday — for free.