Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 3/10/11 – 3/16/11

by Gordon Elgart on March 9, 2011

You can say Hey! to this at the Rickshaw Stop on Friday night.

So it’s the run up to our annual journey to SXSW in Austin, and frankly, I haven’t been paying too much attention to what’s playing here in the Bay Area this week. But if our SXSW previews are meaningless to you because you’re staying here (as I assume most of you are), it turns out there’s plenty of good music happening right here at home, as usual. So here’s some good spots to spend your hard earned dollar.Thursday, March 10th

Datarock with Dirty Ghosts and Baertur at Bottom of the Hill

Ignore Swedish dance music at your own peril. Others will have a good time while you’re home wondering who this is. Don’t wonder, just go.

Medeski Martin Wood with Edmund Welles at The Independent

Friday, March 11th

Revolver, Hey Rosetta! and 7 Orange ABC at Rickshaw Stop

Hey Rosetta! is featured in my SXSW preview of Canadian bands. Since I’ll be working that night, I’m going to miss it, but you don’t have to. Revolver, the “headliners” tonight, are real good, too. Please go for me.

Hard Tour featuring Simian Mobile Disco, Fake Blood and others at The Fox Oakland

Saturday, March 12th

Clay Aiken at The Warfield

Never miss an American Idol winner! These people won American Idol for a reason! What’s that you say? He didn’t win?

Joan Rivers at The Castro Theater

This is sold out, but worth standing in line, hoping for a late release of tickets. (See the Experts Note below.)

Sunday, March 13th

Meshell Ndegeocello plays Prince at The Independent (also 3/11 & 3/12 at The New Parish in Oakland)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWz11RO1OyA

Tahiti 80 with It’s For Free Grace and Sunbeam Rd at Rickshaw Stop

Monday, March 14th

No one’s got anything booked tonight for some reason. Seriously. Stay home and watch a movie. May I suggest the greatest concert film of all time?

Tuesday, March 15th

Great Big Sea at the Mystic Theater (Petaluma)

How about a Canadian band that plays pop tinged with celtic flavor, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day? They’re worth the drive.

House of Pain at The Fillmore

Speaking of Irish music, you can spend three hours watching hip-hop to hear this ….

Wednesday, March 16th

Warpaint with PVT and Family Band at The Independent

Another sold out show, and this one features a band that sounds great, but doesn’t do much on stage. Buy the album, and you truly get all the experience you need. I’m not saying you shouldn’t see them when you have the chance; I’m saying that even though you don’t have the chance (if you don’t have tickets or follow the experts note), you should still listen to Warpaint.

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Experts note: There’s a few sold out shows this week, but experts know that venues release tickets to sold out shows all the time. Follow them on Twitter, stop by the box office the day of the show, beg at the door on the night of the show. There’s almost never a need to pay over face value for your tickets. Good luck, and happy showgoing!

Gordon Elgart

A music nerd who probably uses that term too much. I have a deep love for bombastic, quirky and dynamic music.

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