Whether you’re a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we’ve picked out this week’s best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.
Newsflash: Float and Labor Days have been out for well over a decade now. If those titles are lost on you you’ll need to head to The Fillmore for a crash course in seminal underground Hip-Hop of the post millennial era. Or maybe you are familiar, if so, a ticket ensures your ability to let everyone know you heard the man with a vocabulary that surpasses Shakespeare by over 2,000 words. Frequent NYC collaborator Rob Sonic opens the show.
Pause for a second and go black out each Wednesday this month. That’s the day you can find The Soft White Sixties rocking Brick & Mortar each week along with an excellent rotating cast of support. Opening Round 1 is Luke Sweeney who gathers equal doses of garage, pop, and surf, which brings to mind contemporaries of the past few decades. Jump back to the ’70s and reminisce with the voice of T. Rex’s Marc Bolan or compare the heart on a string lyricism of Christopher Owens. The Sixties themselves had a whirlwind 2014 both here in the Bay and touring across the country. This is the perfect time to catch them before they stop playing venues of this intimate size.
Holy dance riot Batman! Presented by Beautiful Buzzz, having just come off from powering Sacramento’s NYE bash, the NYC house duo are hitting one of the city’s newest clubs. Still having no idea what to do with my arms, I’m usually the last to vouch for such activities but this pair operate on an Exorcist level of possession. Everyone is on the dance floor. Add in the eternal summer mentality of Ghost Beach and a mix of disco from Chicago’s Rogue Vogue, the frigid outside world will be far from your mind. You can RSVP for free entry before 11pm so no excuses from your wallet.
It’s a safe bet Hot Flash Heat Wave will be making garage rock waves throughout 2015 having already locked in an opening spot at the Indy in two weeks. The foursome unveiled “Gutter Girl” on New Years Day. Wasting no time since The Tambo Rays returned from life on the road as part of WATERS, more shows are lined up to further flesh out their new music. Rounding out a night of local acts is O Presidente who will be dropping their second record following last years Clube de Futebol which is nothing less than a laid back surf soaked ode to Golden State day drinking.
Fishbone’s fearless leader combines his latest project, Brand New Step, with Bay Area musicians Kris Jensen and production duo The Rondo Brothers resulting in a mold of soulful reggae rock since summer 2012. As long as you haven’t exhausted yourself by the time East Bay genre bender Forrest Day and his crew take the stage, well, there’s a chance you may have to call in sick the next day. Day’s music is rampant with flourishes of rock, hip-hop, and funk while playing double duty on vocals and sax, and backed by a full band. The final punch in his knockout strategy is the content of his songs; bad relationships, bad bosses, and bad ideas. Everyone relates and their hyperactive performances warp into a giant group therapy session. Everyone wins.
About the author: Mike Chouinard is a habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.