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Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music, America-FTW Edition


It’s time to celebrate America — that is, it's time to celebrate EVERYTHING about America. Music included.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Bass saxophonist Colin Stetson

You know how there’s ALWAYS something to do in San Francisco? Here’s more proof:

Best Bets for Live Bay Area Music

While we try to figure out if Kanye West really is a god, I direct your attention to more earthly matters: 

Boys Noize, Mezzanine, Thursday

Best Bets for Live Bay Area Music

Pharoahe Monch

There's LOTS of fun to be had this week. Let's get right to it. 

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Not gonna lie. It’s a slow week on the local live music front, you guys. Of course, in San Francisco, that just means there’s a million good shows to see, as opposed to a bazillion, give or take.

Trip Out at These Buzzworthy Bay Area Shows This Week

In our never-ending mission to combat the rise of mind-narrowing music, this week’s column focus on band’s who just want to trip you the eff out and/or blow your mind. Check out these bands and watch the epiphanies roll in.   

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Need a cure for your Bay 2 Breakers hangover? How about five? Let the good times roll and mobilize to one, three or all of the following shows, depending on the depths of your post-B2B darkness.   

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Janelle Monae

Before we get into this week’s best-of-the-best shows of the week, a PSA: a few key bookings across the bay in Richmond at Craneway Pavillion have folks like me speculating this may be the Bay Area’s next great music venue.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Next time you bemoan the high rents of San Francisco, remember to factor in the ridiculous wealth of live music we have here. You’re getting what you pay for, promise. Here’s the proof:

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music


Not sure how we’re going to top this weekend’s Built to Spill show at Slim’s, but there’s hope.

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