Fun in the Sun: Comprehensive Summer Festival Guide

Summer is almost officially upon us, and as of June 21st (Summer Solstice) there will hardly be a dull moment as the festivals infiltrate California with some of the best bands and activities around the globe. Here’s a list of festivals with some of their standout artists.

Sierra Nevada Music Festival

June 20th-22nd

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Complete Lineup here

One of the more affordable festivals of the summer, this secret gem resides out in Boonville where campers plant themselves for three days of music in the sun. The lineup is also one of the more eclectic for a reggae festival and exposes world music, tribal dancers, and local artisans.

Shaggy– The Grammy award winning Jamaican American Reggae fusion singer headlines the festival. Best known for his hit “Bombastic” and his “Shaggy” hair, other notable songs include “Angel,” “Midnite Lover” and “It wasn’t me.”

Ozomatli– A late addition to the festival, the seven-piece Latino rock group from Los Angeles is a perfect fit to the bill. With their worldly blend of hip-hop, reggae, jazz and rock they are one of the reasons this is the most eclectic Sierra Nevada Music Festivals this year.

Rebolution– Four dudes from Santa Barbra bring their Cali-roots sound to the stage and there couldn’t be a more perfect environment. After breaking out with their first album Courage to Grow in 2007, the band hasn’t looked back and has played a number of festivals throughout the years.

Hollie Cook– This British singer is the daughter of Paul Cook, drummer of the Sex Pistols, and Jeni, a backup singer for Culture Club, and her godfather just happens to be Boy George himself. Her music, however, is not a cultivation of her parents, straying into a more soulful, R&B musical direction. She could eventually reach her parents pinnacle of success.

Barrington Levy– Dancehall reggae artist, Barrington Levy, is a popular name. He’s been playing since 1979 and has released over twenty albums. Within the past decade he has stayed current, collaborating with Prince Paul and Dan the Automator in the song “White Boy” for Handsome Boy Modeling School, showing up on Slightly Stoopid’s album “Closer to the Sun,” and featuring his song “Here I Come” on the video game Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.

Stern Grove Music Festival

June 22nd– August 24th

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This free festival brings a mixed lineup of artists for ten Sundays in a row at Stern Grove. More of a family friendly environment, it features everything from R&B legends to up and coming soul artists to great local acts and respectable indie artists.

Lineup and details here

June 22

Smokey Robinson– One of the original Motown singers, fronting the band “The Miracles.” He co-wrote and helped produce singles like “I Second that Emotion,””Get a Job,” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.”A big influence of George Harrison from the Beatles, who wrote the song “Pure Smokey,” was featured on Robinson’s first solo album, Smokey.

Patti Austin– New York born Jazz and R&B singer was born into jazz, and won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Jazz Vocal album for her album “Avant Gershwin,” recorded live with the WDR Big Band.

July 27

Rufus Wainwright– No stranger to San Francisco, Rufus is the son of Loudon Wainwright III and brother to Martha Wainwright. The openly gay singer and pianist is best known for his take on Jeff Buckley’s song “Hellelujah” and “Going to a Town.”

Quartet San Francisco

June 29

Allen Stone– Stone has been making his name known around the bay, with a performance at the Independent this year for their string of anniversary shows. The Seattle native brings his soulful and upbeat songs to the Stern Grove festival, backing a soon to be released new album.

Yuna– A Malaysian singer and guitar player and self proclaimed “business woman.” A powerful and inspirational woman, she was an independent artist for the first half of her musical career until singing with an American label (who flew her to the states to convince her) and worked with producer Pharrell Williams on the popular 2012 single, “Live your Life.”

August 3

Andrew Bird And The Hands Of Glory– Bird brings his “Hands of Glory” band to the Stern Grove festival. After releasing the widely acclaimed 2012 effort “Break it Yourself,” Bird quietly released the “Hand of Glory” album that same year. With more folk influence, Bird shouldn’t be abandoning his violin for this performance.

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors– The San Francisco born jazz and rock bass player is now a resident of Berkeley, and has played in multiple bands and artists that include Trey Anastasio, John Zorn, Stanton Moore, and Andrew Bird to name a few. Except some guest appearances and surprise collaborations.

July 6

San Francisco Symphony– San Francisco’s beloved Symphony takes over the park. They’ve produced some of the most admired musicians since their formation in 1980.

Edwin Outwater, conductor

August 10

Darlene Love- Darlene Love has that recognizable face, mainly because she was featured as Danny Glover’s wife in the “Lethal Weapon” movie series, and actually won an academy award for her in the documentary, “20 Feet from Stardom.” But she is also a popular singer, producing a top hit “He’s a Rebel” and collaborating with Phil Spector.

Monophonics– This psychedelic funk band will be sure to have the crowd swaying with the trees, establishing themselves in the past seven years as one of the west coasts premier jam bands.

July 13

Funky Meters– The Meters were an American funk band based out of New Orleans in the 1960’s and 70’s. Now revived as the Funky Meters, they’ve still got the same energy with just a little more experience.

Sugar Pie DeSanto– The seventy-eight year old Filipino-American blues singer has been singing since the 1950’s, now this living legend lives in Oakland and makes a special appearance this year at Stern Grove.

August 17

Sergio Mendes– With over fifty-five releases, Mendes shows no sign in slowing down. The Brazilian musician melds bossa-nova with funk and jazz, and his Stern Grove performance kicks off the start of a mini tour around the world.

LoCura– Specializing in Spanish music that makes the hips move, the local group have put in their dues all around the west coast and deservedly acquired a spot at this year’s Stern Grove.

July 20

Pupy Y Los Que Son Son– Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso’s Cuban band makes an appearance this year. Expect a lot of dudes on stage playing an array of instruments.

Vieux Farka Touré– Keeping things worldly, this Malian singer guitarist is the son of Grammy winning musician Ali Farka Touré and has worked with the high profile Toumani Diabaté.

August 24

The Zombies– The popular English rock band from the sixties reformed in the nineties, and have kept going since despite multiple band changes. They’re familiar for songs like “Time of the Season,” “She’s not There,” and “Goin out of my Head.”

Vetiver– This contemporary folk band started in San Francisco in 2002 and headed by Andy Cabic. They’ve opened and collaborated for big names like Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, it’s only fitting they play on the last weekend of Stern Grove.

Northern Lights Music Festival

July 18-20

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Complete lineup Here

Out under the giant California Redwoods, bordering the Mendocino and the Humboldt county line features the Northern Lights Music Festival, with plenty of entertainment including river activities, exquisite food vendors, and exceptional DJ’s.

Beats Antique– (*Interview with Sf Station) The World Fusion and Electronic Super Group include David Satori, an alumni of the California Institute of Arts, Tommy Cappel, the Berkeley College of Music graduate, and Zoe Jakes, a respected lifelong belly dancer. Forming in 2007, their individual achievements joined forces to create powerful and intricate music with an unforgettable visual pairing of performance art.

Zion I– The hip-hop duo reigning from Oakland is known for making innovative and conscious music. With Amplive’s futuristic production techniques that cross live instrumentation with sampling and MC Zumbi’s positive and socially conscious and constructive lyrics, the duet are favorites amongst the hip-hop and festival community and always bring good vibes to the party.

Giraffage– Twenty-three year old Charlie Yin is a resident of San Francisco and utilizes his multi-instrumental talents to create a type of dream pop with catchy samples, tight-knit hooks, and thoughtful compositions that will be perfect underneath the stars of the Northern Lights.

30th Annual Reggae on the River 

July 31st-Aug 3rd

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Complete lineup Here

Perhaps the biggest Reggae Festival of the summer takes place on the Russian River in Humboldt County, featuring lots of legends and newcomers to the lineup.

Jimmy Cliff– Cliff might be one of the most well known of Reggae artists. Hailing from Jamaica, the multi-instrumentalist has a barrage of talents including acting and singing. He’s the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, which is the highest honor granted by the Jamaican government. He’s best known for songs like “The Harder they Come,” “Wild World,” and “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Alpha Blondy and the Solar System– An innovator in the reggae scene, Alpha Blondy is known for singing in many different languages and dialects, including his native tongue Dioula, French and English. His songs are mainly politically motivated, and he’s accredited for adding violin and cello to reggae music.

Israel Vibrations– From Kingston, Jamaica, they’re one of the most successful reggae groups to come out of Jamaica sine the 1970’s. They’ve supported such acts as Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, and have been a staple of the reggae festival circuit for a while.

Fishbone– The influential alternative band has been rocking since the 1970’s, and their infusion of reggae and ska caught on quickly, making them one of the most distinct bands of their time. They should add some energy to the river.

Gentleman and the Evolution– Gentleman is one of those secrets in the Reggae world. The German born artist and son to Lutheran pastor, he brings passion to the table and has been touring independently since 2002.

Marlon Asher– Popularized for the hit, “Ganja Farmer,” plumes of smoke are ensured to encapsle the skies of Humboldt County when he hits the stage.

Outside Lands

August 8th-10th

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Complete linup Here

Every San Francisco native probably has their calendar marked for this event, whether attending or not. It might be hard to top Sir Paul McCartney, but one of the best events of the summer in Golden Gate Park never really fails to impress.

Kanye West– He’s one of the first hip-op/pop icons to headline at Outside Lands, and at least it’s not Puff Daddy Kanye has probably gained more fans since proposing to Kim Kardashian in the city. Look for a cluster of Kim-watchers. Even if one doesn’t dig his music, he should put on a good show.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers– How do you replace Paul McCartney with another legend, you don’t, but the Florida native Tom Petty is no stranger to Outside Lands and will make a repeat performance.

The Killers– The Killers formed in 2001 in Las Vegas, released a Killer album (Hot Fuss), then released a flurry of mediocre albums and went hiding in Northern California. This band should produce a good time with familiar danceable indie rock hits.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis– His story is admirable, a young independent hip-hop artist in recovery for alcoholism from Seattle makes it big through the internet, exploding with his hit single “Thrift Shop,” and then really laying it on thick with “Can’t Hold Us.” But he wasn’t nominated for seven Grammy awards for nothing.

Arctic Monkeys– The English rockers might have overplayed festivals this year, but at least they rock.

Chromeo– The song “Jealous” is apparently the hit of the summer, and rightfully so. They’ve been producing sexy tunes for the past decade with “Fancy Footwork” and “She’s in Control” quietly building a cult following. They should bring some swagger and glitter to Golden Gate Park.

Atmosphere– He wasn’t nominated for seven Grammy’s and isn’t married to Kim Kardashian, but Slug is one of the best MC’s of our time.

Death Cab for Cutie- The Seattle rockers come to the Bay Area for a performance sure to dazzle and swoon.

FYF Fest

August 23rd and 24th

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Yes, it’s in Los Angeles, but the lineup might be worth the drive, or short flight, down south. Lots of bands coming out of retirement for this one.

Complete lineup Here

The Strokes– The band hasn’t released a record since 2011, and singer Julian Casablancas and other members have been busy releasing solo material, but they come out of hiding for this festival.

Phoenix– The band from France has been somewhat quiet since last year’s “Not So Silent Night” held in San Francisco. This could mark the start of a string of U.S. shows?

Interpol– Probably New York’s most beloved band in the past decade, they make a rare appearance on the West Coast.

The Blood Brothers– The hardcore band from the suburbs of Seattle will reunite for this show. It should be brutal, or bloody, to say the least.

Caribou– The Canadian composer and musician released his latest effort, Our Love, and gaining proper attention.

Grimes– It wouldn’t be a real festival if it didn’t feature some grimy electronic music.

Slint– Yet another band coming out of a semi-retirement, the post rock- math core band have been linked to artists like Tortoise and Billy Corgan.

The Presidents of the United States of America– Another throwback to the 90’s.

First City Festival

August 23rd and 24th

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If you don’t go to LA, you can head down highway 1 to Monterrey and still catch an amazing lineup that features a more rare cast of festival performers in a smaller town on the coast of California. What started as the “Gentleman of the Road” tour quickly caught on in a town most famous for its aquarium. Held in their fairgrounds, it’s coupled with the local fair that includes rides exclusive to festival attendees that weekend.

More Info Here

Notable Performers:
Beck
The National
Phanotgram
Best Coast
Dawes
Coco Rosie *Show Review
The Family Crest– *Interview with Sf Station
Blind Pilot
Lake Street Dive– *interview with Sf Station

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 

October 3rd, 4th, 5th

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There are no rumored lineups at this time, but don’t worry, they always deliver.

More Info Here

Treasure Island Music Festival

October 18th-19th

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It might technically not be summer anymore, but with San Francisco’s Indian Summer people still look for an excuse for a good time. Bring jackets though, many jackets, it get’s cold out on the island.

Complete lineup Here

Outkast– Playing festivals “ain’t not thang but a chicken wang” for this Atlanta hip-hop duo who have become festy veterans, who made an appearance at this years Bottle Rock in Napa Valley and last years Coachella.

Massive Attack– This performance could be a bit nostalgic for long time trip-hop fans. The band from Bristol has been making music since 1988. Their unique sound of deep rhythms and beautifully simplistic melodies only seem to be getting darker and craftier.

Alt-J– These English rockers were on the fast track to success, and sort of equalized in the past year. They could be the perfect fit for Treasure Island with lots of psychedelic riffs mixed in with synthesizers without ignoring their inherent indie rock roots.

TV on the Radio– High powered, emotive, electronic, post punk rockers from Brooklyn sound like spoken word poetry on acid.

The New Pornographers– There always seems to be at least one straight up indie rock and roll band at Treasure Island. The rockers from Vancouver are sure to shake things up. They also have eight members, including Dan Bajar and Neko Case.

St. Lucia– And this year, instead of James Blake we get St. Lucia- a very formidable following act. Born in South Africa and later moving to Brooklyn, his influences range from Boyz II Men and Michael Jackson, to Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon. His music should warm the soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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King Buzzo Reminds GAMH Who’s King

On a Sunday that was mostly overshadowed by Father’s day, King Buzzo, the perennial and animated front man of the everlasting grunge/punk rock band from Washington, The Melvins, played an acoustic show at the Great American Music Hall. After a thirty-one year career in music, Buzz Osborne set out to do something he’s never done before, make an acoustic album.

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In support of his latest effort, This Machine Kills Artists, King Buzzo jokingly admitted “this is a bit strange for me. I don’t have a drummer to hide behind.” His vocals were boisterous and his acoustic guitar was strummed with an assault that reminded the crowd of his hard rocking roots, “As you can tell I’m more of a hard strumming acoustic guitar player.” Osborne definitely didn’t abandon any part of himself, this new sound isn’t a recreation it’s simply just a bare boned version of his musical soul.

The inspiration of his latest album, released on Mike Patton’s Ipecac records, was the guitar he used to write most of his songs for the Melvins and other electric projects. The red, white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic guitar he wrote the songs on stayed at home for his tour, but his live sound doesn’t waver too far from the tracks on the album. Playing to a nearly full audience at the Great American Music Hall, a venue Osborne has played many times in the past, the wild haired enigmatic singer entertained the crowd not only with tunes like “Dark Brown Teeth” and “Instrument of God,” but also lived up to his storytelling reputation.

Like a bit of a godfather fitting for the occasion, Osborne is easily mentioned in the same breath as influential frontmen Jello Biafra or Henry Rollins, and when he speaks people are very attentive. “Time for pointless story time,” Osborne said while tuning his guitar. “I’ll give you two options and you guys can decide. I can either tell you a story about Iggy Pop, or Mike Patton.” The crowd was immediately divided and torn with a tough decision while screaming indecisive rants rang throughout the venue. After about a minute of deliberation, Osborne came to his conclusion, yelling into the microphone- “Iggy Pop it is!”

He continued to tell a story about playing a festival with Fantomas in Europe where Iggy Pop was headlining the main stage. “I figured out that if we had played our set real quickly, loaded up super fast and ran over to the main stage we could have caught Iggy’s set, so that’s exactly what we did.” Osborne, a great story teller and orator, had the crowd’s full attention. When Osborne made it to the other stage he realized the band that played before Iggy was still on the stage. “I looked to my left and Iggy was crouching down, observing the band.”

Osborne insulated that Iggy was not impressed by this band, whom ended up being Weezer. The crowd giggled at such an odd pairing. “So Iggy finally went on stage, and during his second or third song paused and asked the crowd,’ so what did you think of Weezer?’” The crowd cheered and jeered, and Iggy did the complete opposite. Appalled by their reaction and laud for this band that was so different than Iggy Pop’s musical taste and background, he walked to the side of the stage and started cussing his manager, screaming “what kind of fucking festival do you have me playing?” Iggy, in a fit of rage, walked off the stage and never returned, leaving his band dumbfounded. Osborne concluded, “And this is why I have so much respect for Iggy pop.”

There was still a lingering desire for the Mike Patton story as Osborne delved into a couple more songs. A particular man, who sat quietly in the corner of the venue, was especially admiring the show and offered playful banter in between songs. This man just so happened to be Mike Patton himself, a humble fan and admirer of his friend who was ambitious enough to try something different, out of the realm of his usual musical comfort, something that Patton has much experience with. While most the fans probably wanted to hear these songs with a bit of distortion while dancing around in a circle pit, the night was more about respect, whether it was paying it forward to an idol like Iggy Pop, or just being there to hear the songs and stories of King Buzzo.

Tool Sells out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium…Twice.

ToolTwo shows at the Bill Graham Civic Center might not have been enough, as eccentric hard rockers Tool left the crowd yearning for more.

On the second night in San Francisco, a line wrapped around the civic center at 6:00 p.m., spilling out into the streets. The anticipation had built from the previous night, when they played the first of two sold out shows. Everyone had surely seen a friend on Facebook brag about the show, but with a band like Tool, mystery is unprecedented and highly warranted. They could have played the same set twice with a completely different experience each time. For everyone who has seen Tool didn’t gawk at the enormous line, or the anticipation of an opening band, or paying ten dollars for a beer. They just simply waited for an existential musical performance and experience.

The eager crowd didn’t fully know what to expect. There are rumors that Tool will release a new album in 2014, so some might have assumed a plethora of foreign material. But is Tool the kind of band that would charge $75 to market themselves? They answered that question with their first song, plunging right into “Hooker with a Penis,” a song about ‘selling out.’

Adam Jones’s crisp, distorted guitars rang loud through four rows of Marshal stacks, Danny Carey sat behind a twenty-piece drum set, doing what he does best, reeking havoc on his toms and cymbals with freakish rhythms. Justin Chancellor’s bass boomed loudly while demurred front man, Maynard James Keenan stood abashedly in the back, sporting a black suit, red tie, dark sunglasses and a Mohawk. “Fuck you, buddy!” Maynard screamed as the chest pounding double bass drum sent the crowd into frenzy.

Tool played for two hours with an intermission between sets. The visuals and lightshows are a signature part of their set, lending unique visual perspectives to their introspective music. One person asked, “are you on acid?” while the other answered, “no, I don’t need to be.” Tool challenges their audience to not only hear the music, but to feel the music, to see it, and to think about it. They are a band that you can mosh, or dance, or simply sit in a chair and witness the spectacle. One of the reasons they have separated themselves from ordinary rock/metal bands is because they aren’t afraid to explore vulnerable and often taboo subjects. When the lights are flashing like UFO’s and fire projects vehemently on the large screens behind the band, it creates a soothing chaos and illuminates a contrast of beauty and evil, or heaven and hell.

The set included a balanced mixture of music from Undertow, Aenima, Lateralus, and 10,000 Days. Notable songs were “Prison Sex,” “Sober,” “Eulogy,” “Forty Six & 2,” “Aenima,” “The Grudge,” “The Patient,” “Schism,” “Vicarious,” “Jambi,” “The Pot,” and the final song “Stinkfist.” Most songs were played with new extended intros, and Danny Carey had a ten-minute drum solo to start off the second set. This tour seemed like a gift to their fans as Maynard assured, “we’ll be back,” most likely in support of their new album. But it was nice of them to deliver a tour full of their greatest hits first.

Live Review: Soufly at the DNA Lounge

Max Cavalera brought a reformed and rejuvenated Soulfly to the DNA Lounge last Tuesday night in support of their new album, Savages.

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An aged Cavalera screamed into the microphone with his distinct growl that made Soulfly and Sepultura so beloved. “What the fuck is up San Francisco? I wanna see a circle pit.” The band ripped into “Bloodshed,” the title track from their newest album. The crowd followed his command, scaling the floor and screaming along to every word. Soulfly emblems were ubiquitous- on shirts of older fans, younger fans, and even tattooed on people’s bodies.

Cavalera was perhaps as influential and popular in the late eighties and early nineties as fellow rockers Metallica and Slayer. His resume is impressive, selling over twenty million records across the world, gaining multiple gold and platinum records, becoming an almost permanent fixture on the Ozzfest festival, and playing the memorable Dynamo Open Air Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to thousands of fans for his infamous first and last performance with Nailbomb. And yet, the forty four year old Brazilian rocker still finds time to tour extensively, a testament to his hard work and honest music.

He’s also always had a knack for finding talent, and his band Tuesday night was no exception. Mark Rizzo played a flawless guitar, emphatically jumping during key moments without missing a strum. Bass player, Tony Campos, who had stints with Static-X and Ministry, brought a high level of enthusiasm and respect for his job, often joking with Max. Campos even took a shot of tequila after Max accredited him for being from “Mexico, Los Angeles.” But perhaps one of the most talented members on the stage sat humbly behind a drum set, admonishing any thoughts of the rift between Max and Sepultura drummer, brother and co founder, Igor. It was Max’s twenty-year-old son, Zyon.

For the loyal fans who stuck around through all the years of Max’s transformation into spirituality, this was an enlightening show. Max still keeps it real, playing hard for about a hundred fans who came to rock out and pay their respects to who some might perceive as a rock God who never quite got the credit he deserved. Cavalera’s time as a musician is probably limited, as age and experience has clearly caught up to him- one could say he’s a shell of his former self- but any musician would be grateful to still be playing their songs at his age. While he might rely more on his backing band, and his gut might be a little larger, his signature dreadlocks still hang long, his voice is still powerful, and his words are still wise.

Soulfly played a number of great songs from a tenured catalog of music, including tracks “Eye for an Eye,” “No Hope=No Fear,” and “No” from their self titled album, “Back to the Primitive,” and “Jump the Fuck Up,” from the Primitive album, “Living Sacrifice,” from the 2004 album Prophecy, and “Cannibal Hollocaust,” and “Master of Savagery,” from their new album, Savages. The most intense songs of the night came when they played Sepultura songs “Chaos AD,” “Territory,” and “Roots, Bloody, Roots,” proving the Max Cavelera’s legacy is timeless and formidable.

Deltron 3030: Event II

Thirteen years ago, bay area MC Del the Funky Homosapien collaborated with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala to create an innovative album that seemed like the infinite Christmas present to the hip-hop world, revolutionizing a brand of emotional and intelligent music that sent a precedent for the future. Continue reading

Out from under the Avalanche!

Hello All! Did you miss me, or even notice I was gone? Probably not, but as so often happens with life, we get caught up in its web and either narrowly escape the claws of the deadly spider or become paralyzed by its mercilessness. But good news everybody, I escaped and am doing quite well. The last couple months have been slow, but September should bring much excitement once again. Here is what I have in store for your viewing and listening pleasures.

Terry Malts @ Thee Parkside Friday September 5th. This fuzz rock trio has brought some edge to the standard lo-fi indie music that’s spreading like wildfire. Aggressive riffs reminiscent of Minor Threat meet idle and witty vocals of Devo make them easily likeable, and they just released their new album in over a year, “Nobody Realizes this is Nowhere.” Check out their first single on Sound Cloud, Walking Without.

Caged Animals @ The Bottom of the Hill Sunday September 15th. I’m really excited to cover this show. This Brooklyn based electro group led by Vincent Cacchione (Soft Black) might fall into the category of a James Blake with a bit more stable songwriting. The band includes Cacchione’s French Canadian classically trained partner, Magali Charron, his sister Tayla, and his oldest Friend, Pat Curry, on percussion. Think Postal Service meets John Lennon. They are supporting their new album, “In the Land of Giants.” You shouldn’t miss this show if you’re around.

Wax TailorWax Tailor @ Mezzanine Tuesday September 24th. Who says nothing cool happens on Tuesdays? Well, if you’re in search for something to do here’s your answer. Not only is this awesome French trip-hop DJ coming to San Francisco, he’s playing at Mezzanine, an intimate club located in the heart of downtown. From the likes of Bonobo and Tricky, Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, aka Wax Tailor, will bring his slow, sultry, and sexy beats to the bay. In support of his last album, The Dusty Rainbow Experience, a concept album which he worked with Jennifer Charles (Elysian Fields, Lovage) and Ali Harter, he is sure to bring a bag plentiful of tricks and surprises. There will also be an interview coming soon!

True Widow @ Great American Music Hall Monday September 30th. This super group from Dallas, Texas, derived from members of Low, Concrete Blonde, and PJ Harvey ,brings their haunting sound to San Francisco. Pitchfork described them as “a vast bone-crunching slab of murky distortion,” and NPR included that”True Widow is a band that uses volume as an instrument.”  True Widow is like a marriage between Portishead and Neurosis, and for only three members this post-metal, experiment group promises to be loud.

These are just a few events/musicians you might not have heard about that you should be exposed to. Hopefully you can catch the shows, but if not and like what you hear, support them and purchase their music, or follow up with them online. Support Underground Music!