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Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

There’s no cutting down this week’s list of shows worth your dollar. Just give in, go broke, and rejoice in an embarrassment of live music riches.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as live Bay Area music goes this week.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Simply put, this is a monster week in Bay Area music. On the monster scale (bear with me), this week registers a LOCH NESS rating. All of this world-class pop music at once doesn’t seem realistic (see what I did there? Sorry.).

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

OK, we’re obviously spoiled here in the Bay Area when it comes to live music offerings, but this is just getting ridiculous. Seriously. Right after an endless parade of awesome at Treasure Island Music Festival weekend, now this:

The Ultimate Guide to the 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island

I know we say this every year, but the curatorial wizards behind the Treasure Island Music Festival really outdid themselves this year. Every single act begs your undivided attention.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

More to come on Treasure Island Music Festival later this week. First, the warm-up shows going down this week, all of which could be considered natural fits with the festival’s curatorial mission:

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music, Post-HSB Edition

Full disclosure: I skipped out on Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. I know, I know. But from the looks of my twitter/facebook/whatevergram accounts I can confirm you’re all beautiful music-obsessed heathens. I’ll make up for my truancy with perfect attendance at these shows this week. You should too…

Delorean, The Independent, Monday

Best Bets for Live Bay Area Music

Frightened Rabbit

It’s time again. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass arrives this weekend, and we thank our lucky California stars for living in San Francisco, where massive free festivals happen. Check out the lineup and schedule here and prep yourself with these must-see shows:

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Arctic Monkeys Fox Theater

Greetings from London, England, still home to some of the world’s most innovative musicians on the planet. Theories abound here about why England fosters such forward-thinking music — a highly educated population, an uncomfortable relationship with its many institutions, a deep connection with musical forefathers, etc. — but no matter. The welcomed Britpop invasion continues.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

If you’re like me, you need something to make you forget about Sunday night’s Breaking Bad episode*. Like… live music! (*This week’s column is sponsored by the Coalition for a Walter White-Free Society)

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