Live This Month: May 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: May 2015 (Podcast #362) 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. It’s probably not that surprising that this month’s mix includes two bands each from Portland (Other Lives, Wishyunu) and from Brooklyn (San Fermin, Ava Luna), but Memphis? Supported by stellar local label Goner Records, the Tennessee city’s garage rock scene is brimming with talent, and Nots and Ex-Cult both deliver intense, raucous rock and roll likely to make for some excellent live shows. Speaking of raucous, [...]

Editors' Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Week (Yo La Tengo, FWY!, The Tallest Man On Earth, Majical Cloudz)

Yo La Tengo (Photo: Carlie Armstrong) Ben: Yo La Tengo recently released a deluxe edition of the terrific Fade, adding a bunch of B-sides and outtakes to one of my favorite albums from 2013. Normally, I read "B-sides" as "detritus," but the alternate takes and covers in this set are almost uniformly great. Okay, maybe there's a meandering remix that doesn't add much, but the two live takes on "Ohm" are both great and the cover of Times New Viking's "Move to California" served as perfect rainy day fare this week. Jason: Whenever I see an email [...]

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