Lend a muse to your week with these melodious Bay Area happenings.
Phoebe Ryan @ Swedish American Hall
From singer-songwriter to solo performer, Phoebe Ryan's career was catapulted into both commercial and critical success when her first EP, Mine, garnered equal parts praise and profitability. A powerful voice in every sense, Phoebe's electric charisma strikes frequent comparison to the likes of Tove Lo and other Scandinavian pop artists, ebbing and flowing between electro-pop productions and the occasional piano ballad. Now on the heels of the release of her third album, James—a five-track melting pot of 80's synth-pop and more contemporary R&B—swing by the Swedish American Hall this Monday evening to bask in all of Ryan's melodious magic. // Monday, November 13th beginning at 8pm at Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. (Duboce Triangle), tickets ($15-$65) are available on ticketfly.com.
LCD Soundsystem @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Having banded together from the boroughs of New York City, LCD Soundsystem has produced America-rock beats that have transcended their once East Coast only demographics, acquiring a sizeable following of rock-punk junkies from around the globe. And, despite their temporary disbandment in 2011—which transpired shortly after the release of This Is Happening, their first top-ten LP in the United States—they decided to rally back together in later half of 2015, bouncing off ideas in various Brooklyn-based recording studios. Now, they're taking their re-banded efforts to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium this Tuesday, bringing their full catalog out under the full glow of disco-ubiquitous stage lights. // Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm at the Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St. (Civic Center), tickets ($66) are available at ticketmaster.com; tickets to the after-party at Starline Social Club are available on Eventbrite.
Trevor Hall @ 365 Club
Trevor Hall realized at a shockingly young age that music was more than a mere passion for him—it was a certain mesh-work that helped him filter through the detritus of everyday life. As an eleven year old, playing simple harmonica chords behind the closed door in his South Carolina bedroom dwelling, music quickly became his most intimate companion; a North Star guiding force, as well as serving as a much-needed creative outlet. Fast-forward some twelve or so years, Hall has now accumulated (and co-produced) over seven full-length EPs and LPs, and will be coming to 365 Club Thursday evening. Promoting The Fruitful Darkness Tour, he'll be showcasing his softer, more emotional reggae ballads that decorate his early recording career. // Thursday, November 16th at 8pm at 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave. (Fisherman's Wharf), tickets ($25) are available at ticketfly.com
Tennis @ The Fillmore
Tennis—the indie-pop duo from the Mile High City—have been touring the country at a relentless pace since Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley joined forces in early 2010. The two, that same year, debuted their joint effort, Cape Dory, to much celebrated acclaim for being a brandish, defiant counter balance to mainstream pop. Continuing their ever-present affinity for touring, Tennis will be making their Bay Area stop Friday night at The Fillmore, promoting their fourth full-length album, Yours Conditionally—which bleeds of those same bold and big-hearted, left-of-center tracks that garnered them notoriety in the first place. // Friday, November 17th at 8pm at The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. (NoPa), tickets ($25-$45) are available on ticketmaster.com
Gary Numan @ The Fillmore
Lauded as one of the foremost industrial music pioneers, Gary Numan's influence has been recognized by a diverse array of some the world's greatest artists—which include such prominent names like Lady Gaga and the late Prince, Jack White to Kanye West, Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age and beyond. Numan's footprint will forever be stamped into the well-latticed bridges and lyrical-hooks of pop-music; and he and all his boundless talent will be on centerstage Sunday night at The Fillmore. Highlighting Savage (Songs from a Broken World), Numan will present a thrilling collection nine deep, dance-hall-heavy electronic tracks, hallmarked by his unique, largely unchanged voice. // Sunday November 19th at 8pm at The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. (NoPa), tickets ($55) are available on ticketmaster.com
Hibou @ Cafe Du Nord
The twenty-something Seattle native—who pens and plays his musical offerings under the alias Hibou—Peter Michel toured throughout both North America and Europe as the drummer of Craft Spells, prior to jumping ship to pursue his own musical efforts. In January of 2013, he released 2 songs, and after receiving positive press recognition, began work on what would later be his first full-length LP, Hibou. The self-titled debut LP features 11 songs that wax poetic on what's behind the notions of home and belonging; strung together through a lush, vibrant mix of '80s inspired pop, and molded into cohesion by the omnipresence of reverberative guitar melodies. Stop by Cafe Du Nord come Wednesday after the sun goes dow to witness those aforementioned odes to balancing comfort with contentment. // Wednesday, November 15th beginning at 8pm at Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St. (Duboce Triangle), tickets ($12-$15) are available on Eventbrite
Ray Vaughan @ Hotel UtahRay Vaughan's newest album may be titled Wounded Bird, but the Bay Area native is really more of a phoenix rising from the ashes—those of which could have once been found in San Francisco's colorful late 70s music scene. Aside from founding the punk-rock band the Hostages in 1979, and later Die Bossanova in 1984, he left a prominent mark on the native SF music scene, prior to disappearing from the public gaze in 1992. Now, over 20 years later, Ray has returned to the limelight as someone tempered by well-spent, self-reflective time; and with a new catalog of yet-played music to show for it. Sit (or stand) in the audience at Hotel Utah this Saturday night for a bout of mature story-time. // Saturday, November 18th, 8pm at Hotel Utah 500 4th St. (SoMa), tickets ($10) can be bought on ticketfly.com