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Best Bets This Week in Live Music, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Edition

Before we get going here, a quick important public service announcement from the week that just was: J. Tillman, bandleader and singer for Father John Misty, might be the most fascinating onstage figure in music today. Anyone who saw the Fleet Foxes drummer at the Independent on Friday witnessed a man dripping with confidence and swagger, with sassy hips to match a biting wit. Just … here.


Five Best Concerts of the Week


We’re still smiling stupidly from the weekend’s Animal Collective and Wilco masterpiece concerts out in the East Bay. But no time to dwell on the immediate, wonderful past. The immediate future looks just as good. To wit:

The 5 Best Bay Area Shows to Catch This Week

Yes, San Francisco is a musical mecca. But there are also many weeks scanning the live music calendar when we ask ourselves, 'hold on, the East Bay is bringing in just as many — if not more — artistic juggernauts.' This is one of those weeks, when the Fox Theatre, Greek Theatre and co. put SF on notice. 

How to Get Ready for This Week's Live Music Avalanche

It’s another banner week for San Francisco music junkies. The list below only cracks the surface of what’s to come. Other notable gigs include post-punk luminaries Swans (Regency Ballroom, Monday), Fiona Apple (The Warfield, Tuesday), Spencer Krug’s side project Moonface (Independent, Wednesday) and legendary heartbreaker Bonnie Raitt (Greek Theatre, Friday). For my money though, these are the hottest tickets: <--break->

This Week in Music: When L.A. Gave San Francisco a Gift, Part 2

The wake of L.A.’s FYF indie music extrava-cluster, which delighted SoCal music snobs over the weekend, is still being felt in the Bay Area this week. These five shows are only the crème de la crème of what’s coming through town:

FYF Fest Brings a Bundle of Buzzworthy Acts Through San Francisco This Week

This is one of those weeks when the Bay Area becomes the incidental benefactor of a nearby regional music festival. The FYF Fest is attracting some of the world’s hottest young musical acts to the West Coast this Labor Day Weekend, down in Los Angeles. Before (and after) they play their SoCal gigs, they'll need a city and a crowd to stay sharp. That's where we come in.

Five Must-See Concerts in the Bay Area This Week

Understatement of the day: live music matters, as does the freedom of speech necessary for its survival. Here’s a reminder why. Sermon over. Now get out there and fight the power, people.

Best Live Music Picks of the Week, Post-Outside Lands Edition

“Hair of the dog” applies to music addicts, not just your neighborhood lush. Best way to fight the Outside Lands 2012 hangover is getting right back on the live music horse. Here are four concerts that should do the trick:

Outside Lands Review, Day 3

Stevie Wonder outside lands 2012

We motion to make Outside Lands a quarterly affair.

Occasions that bring so many people together just don’t happen often enough. Make it happen, o Gods of OutsideLandia. The 2012 installment of the festival was another extraordinary success, the latest local triumph of creativity and logistical savvy.

Day 3 was an appropriate exclamation point on the annual three-day gathering of all things cultural, with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Skrillex, Regina Spektor, and Franz Ferdinand serenading San Francisco. Here’s how it all went down:

Outside Lands Review, Day 2: Survival of the Hippest Edition

The second day of Outside Lands was another exercise in perseverance, made easier by a wonderfully eclectic slate of music from around the world. Metallica, Sigur Ros, Passion Pit, Big Boi, Alabama Shakes and more highlighted the Day 2 action, and there were plenty more who helped festivalgoers fight another day of wintry conditions at the Polo Fields of Golden Gate Park.

Tame Impala, 1:50, Lands End

Tame impala rewards the patient; psych-y, effect-packed jams start out slow and build in unexpected ways. The Beatles and Black Sabbath are the first comparisons that come to mind, but this Aussie outfit seems more out of time and place than a throwback to any specific era. In a word: groovy. 

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