Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 10/06/11-10/12/11

by Dakin Hardwick on October 5, 2011

Very excitied about the Nuclear Rabbit reunion.

I can easily see myself doing 7 days straight of shows… This week is amazing in the quality of shows we’ve got. Normally I need to do some research to make this list, but this time it all just slid right out. So, yeah, support live music!

Thursday, October 6th

Electric 6, Kitten, Mark Mallman at The Independent

Electric 6 are troopers… They mad it past the whole garage and dance punk movements, but kept playing live, honing their stage craft, and becoming one of the finest live acts in the country, even though their last big hits were 8 years ago. Opening the show is Kitten, a band of youngsters from LA that put on one of the most intense live shows around. Singer Chloe Chaidez is one of the most charismatic frontwoman in all of rock, which is especially impressive considering the fact that she is only 16 years old.

CSS, MEN at The Fillmore

Friday, October 7th

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Twin Sister at Slim’s

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart do not sound like their name at all. They have managed to fuse together the layered, noisy melodicism of shoegaze, mixed with fun, danceable rock n roll. This is going to be a fun, high energy show, and well worth the $21 investment.

Smashing Pumpkins, Light FM, Fancy Space People at The Fox Theater – Oakland

I wonder how many people that are going to this show don’t realize that James Iha isn’t gonna be there.

Saturday, October 8th

The Rapture, Fred Falke, The Tenderlions, Jeffrey Paradise, and more at Sound Factory

It took me far too long to figure out how to get tickets to see The Rapture’s for SF show since 2006. So, I did the work for you. All you gotta do is click on the above link, and you can see one of the finest bands to come from NYC’s Dance Punk movement.

Nuclear Rabbit, Jokes For Feelings, Jean Baudin, Glimpse Trio, CHT, Black Dream at 924 Gilman

There are plenty of unexpected reunions brewing, but this one is definitely one from out of left field. This bay area band followed our great history of heavy metal avant gardists. These guys managed to add a pop hook to metal jazz freakouts, and this might be a one off, so don’t miss this gig.

Boris, Tera Melos, Master Musicians Of Bukkake atThe Regency Ballroom

Sunday, October 9th

Stevie Nicks, Michael Grimm at The Fillmore

Do I really need to sell you on seeing the great Stevie Nicks at The Fillmore? So, it is $102 a piece, but when are you going to get to be this close to her?

Incubus, Young The Giant at Shoreline Amphitheater

Monday, October 10th

Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Rival Sons at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Evanescence, at one point in time, were a pretty terrible band. I mean, that first record was awful. The, frontwoman Amy Lee fired everyone, and put out a stunning piece of dark, piano based heavy metal. She created a unique sound, the sound of Sarah McLachlan fronting Korn. And, of course, nobody purchased that album. They moved from arenas to theaters, and we will now get to see these folks in the right venue.

Yelawolf, DJ Craze, Rittz at The Independent

Tuesday, October 11th

Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama at The Independent

Gang Gang Dance have been around for years, putting out excellent electronic pop records that blend together middle eastern and Mediterranean sounds creating something that manages to be both calm and energizing simutaneously. Don’t get how that’s possible? Listen below:

Lupe Fiasco, Tinie Tempah, Sarah Green at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Wednesday, October 12th

Glen Phillips, Kim Richey at Cafe du Nord

It’s great that, even though Toad The Wet Sprocket are a functioning unit, we still get solo Glen Phillips shows. He has one of the most beautiful voices to come out of the alternative rock era, and it’s profoundly moving to hear him accompanied by his guitar only.

Funker Vogt, Everything Goes Cold at Elbo Room

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