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Five Shows You Mustn't Miss This Week

Five Shows You Mustn't Miss This Week

And the spoiled get more spoiled. Here's this week's best bets on the local music tip, get in line:

Ranking The Acts of Fauxchella, Week 2

Ranking The Acts of Fauxchella, Week 2

Week two of Fauxchella starts tomorrow, and the culturally rich get richer here in SF. It’s absurd how much of the world’s best musical talent will come through the Bay Area in the weeks before, during and after this year’s two-week Coachella experiment. There’s so much, in fact, that our normal five-bullet point column won’t suffice.

Must-See Gigs of the Week, Coachella North Edition: Jeff Mangum, Miike Snow, Odd Future, Mazzy Star

Faux-chella — that wondrous time of year where we NorCal leaches suck from the teat that is Coachella — has arrived. There are some major must-see shows this week if you’re not heading south for the big party in the desert this weekend (or, for that matter, weekend No. 2): Radiohead at HP Pavilion (Wednesday), M. Ward at the Fillmore (Wednesday), Andrew Bird at the Fox (Friday), Damien Jurado at Bottom of the Hill (Friday), and on and on…

Jeff Mangum, Monday-Tuesday at the Fox Theatre

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.

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