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Five Can't Miss Concerts This Week on the SF Music Scene

A good way to forget that San Francisco is, supposedly “the lamest summertime city,” according to the Atlantic, is to escape the frigid nighttime cloud swells and hunker down in one of our fine, world-class music venues. Nothing lame or tame going on here:

5 Shows To Celebrate Music's Independence This Week

5 Shows To Celebrate Music's Independence

What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a litany of independent music? Get patriotic and get thee to a local music hall!

Mates of State, Monday, Independent

Married in both song and life, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel make power punk rock that warms up a room and a blood-pumping organ. They’ve matured steadily over the years, since they first started making sweet but assertive sounds in 1997. Their most recent album, Mountaintops, finds them at their most confident state yet, making accessible hooks with subtle complexity.   

Liars, Thursday, Great American Music Hall

Punk is Dead, Long Live Punk Musicals

Punk is Dead, Long Live Punk Musicals

Rock journalists tend to argue punk music died the second Green Day’s anthems saturated mainstream radio and MTV in the early ‘90s. The argument went something like this: How could this stuff really be punk, anyway, if big media tolerated it? How could a generation of teenage rebels take its marching orders from three dudes riding around the Berkeley Hills in limos, painting eyeliner on each other?

It's Ladies Week on the SF Music Scene: Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls and More

It's Ladies Week on the SF Music Scene: Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls and More

I dedicate this week to all the ladies. Yes, all of them, your wife included. We dudes are quite fond of you mysterious creatures and your pleasant voices — please keep up the good work. In honor of all that is lovely about the better half, I present five acts coming through town that owe much, if not all of their appeal to brave, talented women. Behold:

Natalie Merchant, Monday, Davies Symphony Hall

Live Music This Week: Collective Soul, Digital Underground, Lil' Kim and More

Live Music This Week: Collective Soul, Digital Underground, Lil' Kim

We’re gonna call the next seven days Oh-I-Didn’t-Realize-They-Were-Still-Around Week in SF. We’ve got more than a few acts coming through town who apparently still exist. To wit: 

5 Must-See Bay Area Concerts This Week: Destroyer, Teen Daze, LMFAO, Rick Ross and Maps & Atlases

5 Must-See Bay Area Concerts This Week: Destroyer, Teen Daze, LMFAO, Rick Ross and Maps & Atlases

People. It's summer. Put on your freshest pair of jorts and get thyself to the nearest dance hall. Here's what we'd recommend:

5 Shows to Fight Your Memorial Day Weekend Hangover

5 Shows to Fight Your Memorial Day Weekend Hangover

Just a thought: next time a San Francisco landmark turns 75 years old and dazzles citizens with a mind-blowing light show, can we blast electronic music downward from the sky via blimps? Right?

Moving on. Put these five shows on your radar this week and keep the party going:

The Roots, Regency Ballroom, Monday

Gimmick Alert: 140-Character Previews of the Best Live Music This Week

Gimmick Alert: 140-Character Previews of Your Best Live Music Bets This Week

Still bitter and baffled about promoters relocating this weekend’s electronica-centric I Love This City Music Festival from its original AT&T Park venue to the Shoreline? Us freakin’ too!  I’d recommend letting ‘em hear it on Twitter at @ILTCFestival. But good thing there’s plenty of cutting edge music to be heard within the city limits all week long to turn our collective frown slightly less upside-down.

Best Coast, Bow Wow, Dandy Warhols and More Must-See Concerts This Week

Best Coast, Bow Wow, Dandy Warhols and More Must-See Concerts This Week

Inspired by the audio-video matchmaking that went down at AT&T Park Friday night, courtesy of Roger Waters, we humbly present a this-week-in-concert column with music videos, and only music videos. Anyone who has ever seen a Pink Floyd music video/movie (or tried to sync Dark Side of the Moon with Wizard of Oz) knows the power of sensory synchronicity, when the eyes and ears conspire to make art doubly transcendent. So this week, our words bow to the A/V departments of our favorite acts coming through S.F. over the next seven days. Behold...

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