Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 7/7/11-7/13/11

by Dakin Hardwick on July 7, 2011

Welcome to the dog days of Summer… We are in between all the festivals, and we get to melt our way into a sea of shows… Oh Wait! It’s the bay area! It’s a good thing that none of these are outdoors, because you will need a parka. Well, except for the Monkees, but Mickey Dolenz will keep you warm.

Thursday, July 7th

Gillian Welch at The Warfield

It’s been far too long since Gillian Welch has graced us with a solo record. Her delicate, depression-era-inspired folk music is very appropriate for our era, and she has been sorely, sorely missed. It feels good to have her back, and she is still feeling as blue as ever, which is great for all of those that have been eagerly awaiting this show.

An Evening With Vanessa Carlton at Swedish American Hall

Friday, July 8th

Buckethead, Wolf at Great American Music Hall

Buckethead is awesome. He’s like a male Marnie Stern with a big fried chicken hat.

Reverend Horton Heat, Swingin’ Utters at The Independent

Saturday, July 9th

Washed Out, Class Actress, Chain Gang Of 1974 at Great American Music Hall

Sunday, July 10th

The Monkees at Mountain Winery

There is something that makes me feel good about a “made for TV band” that is still playing shows long after most bands that actually got together as friends… And, of course, The Monkees made famous some of the greatest pieces of ear candy ever!

Anya Marina, HOW at Cafe du Nord

Monday, July 11th

Jill Sobule & John Doe at Cafe du Nord

The first time that I had ever heard Jill Sobule was at the grand opening of the Virgin Megastore on Powell St in San Francisco… Jill Sobule, X, and Cyndi Lauper all played that show, and it was amazing! Sobule has great stage presence, and owned the huge space. She still writes a great song, and although I have no idea what she’s going to do with X’s John Doe, but it I’m excited to see this collaboration happen.

Tuesday, July 12th

Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard at The Paramount Theater – Oakland

Wednesday, July 13th

The Elected, Whispertown, Mike Bloom at Bottom Of The Hill

The Elected is Blake Sennett, best known as “the other one” in Rilo Kiley… Sadly, he doesn’t have the same name recognition as Jenny Lewis, he writes some fantastic summer folk rock, and seeing this band in the middle of July is perfect! His latest record, Bury Me In Rings is more of the same awesomeness.

Faster Pussycat, Venroz at The New Parish

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