Thee Oh Sees
Unless your only exposure to local music is the rainbow of buskers that shack up in and out of Bart stations on the way to and from your office job, you probably know by now that the kings and mentors of San Francisco's ever-undulating womb of music is Thee Oh Sees. Their utterly fearless live shows aside, the band releases new material like they're firing uzis into a crowded room and when it comes, you're never quite sure what you're going to get.
A last minute show to save the still-unsaved KUSF will hit the stage at the also in-need-of-saving Eagle Tavern tomorrow night. This time, a smattering of the city's A-list virtuosos will band together to whip up some much-needed attention to the cause: Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall are bringing their always-solid performances, as well as The Sandwitches and local music vet Carletta Sue Kay to round out the evening.
Given the precarious state of these city institutions (and the fact that the Eagle and KUSF have both contributed immensely to the local success of all these performing bands), expect these bands to throw their blood, sweat and tears into this gig.
We hope you scored tickets to one of this legendary folk artists three SF shows. Paul Simon, aka half of the Simon and Garfunkel duo, is performing back-to-back shows, promising material from his newest album So Beautiful or So What as well as songs he's seldom played live.
When: Mon. 4/25, Tues. 4/26, Wed. 4/27
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 301 Van Ness Ave.; The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave.; The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd.
Anyone who's seen local firestarters Thee Oh Sees do their thing live knows they are one of the craziest, most kinetic bands on any stage anywhere. Frontman John Dwyer is a legend whose frantic yelps and hip gyrations can get an entire room jumping, so much so that if you're not moving at an Oh Sees show, you'll get weird looks.
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.
What do you have to do to get in? Just cross those fingers and click here. 161 Eerie Street is where our favorite new Mission chill spot Public Works hides, so there will be plenty of space for you to punch the air and shuffle those feet.
Need a primer? Download local guitar wizards Thee Oh Sees' The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (Castleface/Tomlab), Bare Wires' jittery, loved-up punk style on Seeking Love (Castleface) and the Black Lips' (who are known to let their freak flags fly live) Good Bad Not Evil (Vice).
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.
Looking for a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway? While we would normally not condone a trip to L.A., with The Rapture, Panda Bear, !!!, Local Natives, Dead Man's Bones, Thee Oh Sees, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Washed Out, Delorean, Best Coast, Wavves and much more, Saturday's FYF Festival is just too good to pass up.