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Listen Up: Big Festival Names Drop By SF

Summer festival season is well underway, and luckily for us, most of the big names are stopping by the Bay Area before taking to the big stages. If you can’t make it to Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Rothbury or our very own Outside Lands this summer, check out some of this summer’s must-see artists this week:

John Vanderslice, Rickshaw Stop, 5/19: Making the second stop on his tour for his new album Romanian Names (his first album under Dead Oceans record label) John Vanderslice’s album release party at the Rickshaw Stop featuring special guests, The Morning Benders will be a Bay Area-native filled delight.

The Decemberists, The Fox - Oakland, 5/20: Pretty much sold out since it’s been billed, The Decemberists showcase their new album The Hazards of Love in its entirety as well as oldies in the newly remodeled Fox Theatre in Oakland.

Noise Pop Presents Music Matters, Café du Nord, 5/20: SF favorites, Birds & Batteries as well as Faith in Phantoms, Vs. Them and Cat Casper band together with Little Kids Rock for a benefit to save music education in public schools. Come on, it’s for the kids!

Santigold, The Warfield, 5/21: After a media-hyped lawsuit forced Santigold to change her name earlier this year, the trend-setting genre-bender went on to open two legs of the Coldplay tour and is now headlining her own. See her making a pit stop on her jet-setting tour at the Warfield with Amanda Blank and Trouble Andrew.

Kings of Leon, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 5/21: Finally drawing the big crowds in their home country, internationally acclaimed and UK platinum best-sellers, Kings Of Leon take the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Surprisingly, it’s not sold out yet.

TV On The Radio, The Fox – Oakland, 5/22: TV On The Radio’s lead singer, Tunde Adebimpe has collaborated with everyone under the sun including, but not limited to Atmosphere, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Subtle and even a mainstream acting debut in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married. See him focused and in control with indie break-through openers and fellow Brooklynites, Dirty Projectors.

etd.Pop, Cow Palace, 5/23: Bay Area’s biggest electronic festival always pulls out the big guns (last year’s Tiesto headline, come on), and not breaking with tradition, etd.Pop has Paul Van Dyk, and recent blowups like N.A.S.A. and Flosstradamus all under one roof. Consider us impressed.