Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 2/3/10-2/9/10

by Dakin Hardwick on February 3, 2010

She's enjoying a hot toddy, why won't you tonight, too?

Thank you Gordon Elgart for handling last week’s list. He did a wonderful job. Sorry about this week’s list. I’m in charge again.

Wednesday, February 3rd

The Downer Party, Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, Fighting The Villain at Bottom Of The Hill, 8:30 PM

The Downer Party have the cutest bio in the history of music and the
Hot Toddies have the cutest song in the history of songs that are
about the Internet. Between the two, that makes this the cutest show
ever. And there’s two bonus bands, too, who must be cute to be on this

Jaguar Love, My First Earthquake, The Butterfly Bones at Cafe du Nord, 9:30 PM

Thursday, February 4th

VV Brown, Ebony Bones at 330 Ritch St (Popscene), 9 PM

Why is it that all of the great soul singers to appear in the last decade have been from the UK? What is it about that place that breeds interesting & unique singers, while all of the Americans seem to be a bit boring? They also tend to be the best live performers, and this double bill will not be an exception.

Kid Beyond, Smash Up Derby, Gooferman at DNA Lounge, 9 PM

Friday, February 5th

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, The Thermals, Grass Widow at Great American Music Hall, 9 PM

If you caught last year’s Treasure Island festival, you would be going to this show. Thao does spunky, danceable indie rock that makes for a great rock show. Have fun and drink plenty of water, because you are going to sweat.

Throw Rag, Turbonegra, Trucker’s Wife at Uptown Nightclub, 9 PM (No Cover from 6-9, so if you get there early, you see the show for free)

Saturday, February 6th

Rhett Miller and The Serial Lady Killers, Leslie and The Badgers at The Independent, 9 PM

This guy is really good. He writes amazing hooks, and has this wicked way of strumming his guitar where he’s creates the illusion of being double jointed in the elbow. There will be a touch of Old 97’s material at this show, too.

Wayne Hancock, Mighty Slim Pickens at Uptown Nightclub, 9 PM

Sunday, February 7th

Nouvelle Vague, Findley Brown at The Regency Ballroom, 8 PM

Nouvelle Vague do bossa nova & French pop versions of classic new wave and punk rock. They shouldn’t be very good, and probably shouldn’t have had as long a career as they have. The concept is terrible, but the execution is amazing.

Warning: A lot of places are closed today. I don’t know why… I think it has something to do with chili

Monday, February 8th

St Vincent, Wildbirds & Peacedrums at Great American Music Hall, 8 PM

This former member of Polyphonic Spree has managed to make quite a claim as a solo artist. Her songs are heartfelt and funny, and her arrangements are unique and quirky, but accessible enough to please the masses as well.

Arch Enemy, Exodus, Arsis, Mutiny Within at Regency Ballroom, 7 PM

Tuesday, February 9th

The Dave Rawlings Machine at The Fillmore, 8 PM

The man that is always playing second fiddle to the great Gillian Welch is coming to town to see if he can strike it as a frontman. His amazing record, A Friend Of A Friend, has proved it, but just for a safe measure, he is bringing Ms. Welch along as his back up singer.

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