It’s becoming increasingly clear San Francisco may never be bored again. Between music festivals, air parades, Giants playoff baseball (btw, in This Actually Happened news — Lil' Wayne led AT&T Park in a chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" last night) and what figures to be a Halloween fortnight, there’s no end in sight for the regular S.F. reveler. On top of all that, we just can’t imagine missing these buzzworthy shows. Buckle your chinstraps, people.
No rest for S.F. music junkies — wicked or wholesome — this week. Treasure Island Music Fest has done little to slow the wave of excellent live music coming our way here in the second half of October.
Hair of the dog, people. Hair of this dog, to be precise.
A Saturday on Treasure Island has no comparison. There’s the Golden Gate. There’s the city skyline. Purple mountain’s majesty to your rear. The freshest, most relevant dance music soundtracking your day and night. There’s another day of buzzworthy music to follow. Heaven can’t be far off.
There’s really no need to question any of the acts in this superbly curated festival, but we’re happy to explain why the names on the top of the bill are where they are. Here’s the deal:
Feeling overwhelmed with the million things going on this month around the city? OK, let’s do this: take a deep breath, grab a coffee, and let me organize your nightlife schedule this week. Here’s what we’re gonna do:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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