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.
One of two Scottish led rock shows for your mid week fix. The Twilight Sad are far from a mislead in name with front-man James Graham’s heavy accent in tow the four piece are still filling their set with 2014’s Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. Think Interpol and Mogwai trapped in a dense bog trying to get back to their cabin before it’s taken over by ghosts. Joining them for their first leg of their US tour is Brooklyn based Port St. Willow. The ambient pop project is the brainchild of Nicholas Principe who self-released his debut full length back in 2013. Slow jams is the name of the game as Port St. Willow build lush ambient tracks completed by Principe’s gentle falsetto.
Option #2 for the night hosts Fatcat label mates to The Twilight Sad; Honeyblood. The duo was picked up off a demo in 2013, released their first album in 2014, and are continuing to capture fans of everyone from Sonic Youth to Alvvays. Having recently swapped labels to Bella Union, UK based sister duo 2:54 have been touring with their sophomore record in tow. Lovers of all things lo-fi and upbeat surf can discover a the new local act K. Skelton who opens. His forthcoming debut album, High Maintenance Diva Princess, is a personal look into love and loss told by lush choruses and psychedelic undertones. Jump to Bandcamp to preview a trio of songs.
If you’re unsure of your familiarity of Minneapolis hip hop collective Doomtree you may already be a fan. The seven member crew of rappers and producers have been releasing music for years. They include rhymesayers P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Miktlan, and producers Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak. The night also features Los Angeles MC Busdriver whose catalog recently added yet another set of humor filed intellectual rap coming at Aesop Rock speeds.
Title Fight has only been releasing music since the mid 2000’s but you could safely guess they are the result of some short term time travel experiment dating back from the golden era of emo and post-hardcore. The East Coast foursome’s latest, Hyperview, is out now off Anti- Records. Merchandise narrow themselves down a much as humanly possible is their own description of “Somewhere in the grey area of punk, noise, and pop music”. Maybe its best you just listen for yourselves, start off with “Green Lady”, “Anxiety’s Door”, “Enemy”.
Round I: Phily’s Creepoid channel 90’s grunge to shoegaze. I asked a handful of friends to tell me the first band that came to mind (using) different tracks and received multiple answers of Sonic Youth, Pixies, and Grunge. Interest peaked? I thought so.
Round II: Local act King Woman just dropped their inaugural EP and even more recently supported a Noise Pop show at Rickshaw with The Black Ryder. Filled with an excess of dark vocals and distortion former Whirr leader Kristina Esfandiari is now backed by a full band.
Round III: Transfixiation, the new album from headliners and entire sentence A Place to Bury Strangers, has under a month under its belt. Catch up on your listening before the show as you’ll be too busy working up a sweat or simply caught under the spell of the rock based exercise video transpiring on stage to casually learn the lyrics.
About the author: Mike Chouinard is a habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and Training Director at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.