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From "Bullhead" to "Stoner Witch," The Melvins Play Their Best Albums @ Great American Music Hall This May
While there's nothing like the kind of live show you couldn't predict even with a crystal ball, there's still something intensely satisfying about watching a band dig out its best album and play the whole thing exactly like the day it first blew your mind. In that vein, two of the best shows all year are coming up in May, when the walls of Great American Music Hall will shake from the thunderous booms of one of the greatest sludge metal bands ever, The Melvins.
The party can’t go on forever. This year’s weeklong Noise Pop Festival went out with a bang, a sigh and swaying fans came to worship at the whim of Ben Gibbard last night. Headlining a rare solo show at a packed Great American Music Hall, the indie rock icon brought out the nostalgia and a little of the future of his band Death Cab for Cutie with tons of favorites and a teasers from the band’s newest and seventh record Codes and Keys, due in late May.
Some of the best local bands are coming together for a show tonight at the Great American Music Hall to help turn around one of this city's most serious plights: homelessness. Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall and The Sandwitches will shred amps and ear bones all night long for the Coalition on Homeless, so you don't have to feel guilty about spending wads of cash on drinks and band merch on a Wednesday.
One thing San Francisco's music scene will never be short on is ego, especially during a time when artists here are trend-setting at a breathless pace.
Don't get me wrong--I like Best Coast a heck of a lot. I'm just way more excited to see San Francisco band Sonny & the Sunsets open for them at their Great American Music Hall show tomorrow night, the 26th. With their latest and most excellent disc Tomorrow Is Alright (Fat Possum) hot off the presses this summer, Sonny & the Sunsets--who have been rigorously touring for a few months now--has become one of our best musical exports.
One of the bands many of us here at 7x7 agree on is San Francisco's very own Fresh N Onlys. If you've seen them, you know that they're multifarious, loud and psychedelic. And if you haven't, definitely check out their multitude of albums and EPs (these guys churn them out like they're nothing) - each one is a journey of the band's collective music-obsessed mind. And speak of the devil, they've got a new one hot off the presses - Play It Strange (In the Red) will be out October 12th.