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It’s obvious from the very short list of featured musicians this week, the land of music remains quiet as weary artists take a break from non-stop festivals and shows on their summer tour. We expect it to kick back up and into full force in late July, but for now, here are a few must-sees this week.
Usually we’re eager to boast a top-notch list of artists vying for your hard earned dollars and attention span on any given night of the week. However, while there’s still something to choose from every single night, the real battle begins on Saturday, where you have various two-day events pitted against each other. Here’s the scoop.
Carbon Leaf, The Independent, 6/23: Check out the veteran indie pop stars perform their perfected stage skills on tour for their new album Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the first in almost 2 years.
Party sounds and throwback good times that go great with PBR and BBQ - what better way to explain the recent garage rock revival and the musical magic wrought by King Khan & the Shrines? King Khan, he of the King Khan and BBQ Show, is one of the prime movers - along with the Black Lips and upstart locals like the Oh Sees - behind the freshly resuscitated rock-out sound. How did he manage to climb to the top of the greasy garage heap? It helps to wipe the stage of all comers with your spazz-tastic and semi-clothed, no-holds-barred, no-hands-ma live show.
When you take three born and bred New Yorkers with a penchant for slightly scandalous song lyrics, a style that blends pop-rock with a dash of disco and a loyal following of fashionistas and hipsters alike what you get is the Virgins. Front man Donald Cumming, who’s been starting bands since grade school, formed The Virgins with fellow band mates Wade Oates and Nick Zarin-Ackerman in just 2006 but they were quickly labeled by critics as the “Next Big Thing” (which isn’t a surprise when you’ve opened up Paris Fashion Week with Patti Smith and provided the soundtrack for an entire episode of Gossip Girl).
Mark Kozelek is not only one of San Francisco's best musicians, he's is one of the greatest living American songwriters. He continues to prove his versatility, whether performing his own beautiful compositions or recording an entire album of Modest Mouse covers. On the heels of the May 12 release of a new Sun Kil Moon live album, Lost Verses Live, the band will close out a four-show mini-tour this Friday at the Great American Music Hall.
Bay Area-born Dredg comes back home to perform new tracks from their forthcoming album, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, breaking out June 9. Formed in Los Gatos, they broke out in the indie scene in 1998 with Leitmotif. From their humble beginnings they grew to release El Cielo and Catch Without Arms, which hands down hosts some of their best tracks.
Dredg performs tonight at Great American Music Hall and tomorrow at Bimbo's 365. Which show should you have bought tickets to? We'll be there to give you the scoop on both.
If you're into crazy stage antics that include occasional spitting in your own mouth, look no further then Great American Music Hall, where the Black Lips are performing this week. Fresh from galavanting around the world with tunes indebted as much to noise and punk as to their Southern roots, these guys are making a stop in SF to rock your Thursday night.
California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who make the rules when it comes venues and alcohol in the city, are now targeting the city's all-ages clubs and threatening to shut them down. Bottom of the Hill, Slim's, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall and even the Fillmore are under fire from ABC for non-compliance with rules that club lawyers say are outside of the scope of written law, what club licenses say, and have nothing to do with safety or alcohol. For example, ABC recently declared that all-ages clubs must sell as much food as they do alcohol. Right, because we've been going to Great American for the food all these years.
While their show at SF’s historic Great American Music Hall was underwhelming in attendance, their sound left behind no doubt that a power duo is impossible these days unless carried by a lame, “are-they-married-or-siblings” mystery. No, Wavves won’t leave you guessing. Straight forward and balls out, the San Diego twosome are the ultimate mash-up of Ramones meets Beach Boys meets anything else simple, sunny and riffy.