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Six Live Shows to See This Week

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Five Shows to Make You Forget About SXSW

5 Shows to Make You Forget About SXSW

Islands, Hotel Utah, Tuesday

The name fits in the case of Islands, a band that seems inspired by something exotic at almost every compositional turn. Their collective musical imagination puts them on a conceptual — wait for it — island (sorry) unto themselves, where songs double as recitations of elaborate opium dreams. The occasional steel drum doesn’t hurt the connotation, either. Bandleader Nicholas Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds, also of The Unicorns and Mister Heavenly) is at the wheel of this always-fascinating project, and is largely responsible for the genius of the sprawling 2006 album Return to Sea, and the recent abstract musings of A Sleep & A Forgetting, which has been massaging critics’ brains this year. Trust that you’d be wise to get thyself over to Hotel Utah for a tropical vacation of the mind.    

Six Shows You Mustn't Miss This Week

Six Shows You Mustn't Miss This Week

Let's get right into it, party persons:

Seven Questions for San Francisco's Next Great Chamber Pop Band Geographer

Seven Questions for San Francisco's Next Great Chamber Pop Band Geographer

Consider Geographer our fair city’s answer to Passion Pit. The local electro chamber-pop trio wins hearts and minds and ears the same way, with big synths and clicky percussion and Nathan Blaz’ electric cello atmospherics. And there’s also that same sense of intimacy, like a devoted friend whispering secrets at a high school dance.

Five Shows to Cure Your Noise Pop Hangover

5 Shows to Cure Your Noise Pop Hangover

Allen Toussaint, Wednesday, Yoshi’s (Oakland)

Even if you have never heard of jazz legend Allen Toussaint, you have heard Allen Toussaint.

Six Shows You Mustn't Miss, Noise Pop Edition

Six Shows You Mustn't Miss, Noise Pop Edition

Sing it with me: ”It’s the most / wonderful time / of the year…” Yes, Noise Pop is here to rescue San Francisco music fans from their winter hibernation (well, semi-hibernation). There are way too many shows to list here, and many are sold out, so we tried to focus on the shows that somehow haven’t sold out yet. For all of you who don’t have tickets to Flaming Lips, Sleigh Bells, Bob Mould, Wye Oak, Budos Band, et al, try appeasing your FOMO with these Noise Poppers:

Craig Finn, Tuesday, 7 pm, Bottom of the Hill

SNL's Seth Meyers Lands in Berkeley Next Week

SNL's Seth Meyers Lands in Berkeley Next Week

Count Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers among the world's thinking-man's comedians.

5 Shows to Open Your Heart and Wallet For This Week

Five Shows to Open Your Heart and Wallet For This Week

May we suggest chasing your Valentine's Day love tonic with a musical back? We've got one V-Day concert on the docket and a bouquet of shows later in the week capturing our hearts, minds and ears:

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