Live This Month: March 2018 — an audio guide to upcoming Bay Area concerts

Download: Live This Month: March 2018 (Podcast #424) 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. The terrific punk trio Shopping, pictured above, is one of a number of great artists coming to the Bay Area this month. Also from the UK is L.A. Salami, who is touring around a highly-anticipated second LP of melodic, lyrical folk-rock. This mix also includes two standout bands from Canada, Edmonton's Faith Healer and Montreal post-punk band Ought. New York City's Combo Chimbita describes its music as [...]

YASSOU, There’s Talk, and Lila Rose bring dark pop to Oakland’s Starline

Get ready for an evening of female-fronted pop this Friday night at the Starline Social Club. Actually, the term "pop" is a bit disingenuous standing on its own, because the kind of pop crafted by the evening's three acts is much more complex than what you hear on mainstream radio. The atmospheric musings of There's Talk invites a close listen and contemplation; YASSOU's sonic constructions are dense and mysterious, sometimes even imposing in their stark originality; and headliner Lila Rose's dark, intense, environment-inspired electro-rock seeks to both challenge and entice the listener with intrepid lyrics and hypnotic melodies. Rose also [...]

Giveaway: Astronauts, Etc., Waterstrider, There's Talk at Slim's

Astronauts, Etc and Waterstrider are co-headlining a dreamy evening of pop at Slim's Saturday night, and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs. Astronauts, Etc's frontman Anthony Ferraro has been playing keys for Toro y Moi's most recent tour, and will be heading to Australia and New Zealand for some Toro y Moi dates Down Under shortly after the show. He plans to release an EP later this year. Waterstrider just dropped a cover of Little Dragon's "Twice", and are preparing to release a full-length album for release this year as well. There's Talk opens the evening. To [...]

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311)

Live This Month: August 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #311) 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. You can't talk about Bay Area concerts in August without acknowledging the biggest of them all, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which returns to Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. The festival is sold out, and with good reason: the lineup offers everything from Paul McCartney and Nine Inch Nails to King Tuff and local bands like [...]

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