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

by Dakin Hardwick on November 8, 2011

RIP Dwight Arrington Myers, AKA Heavy D

Yes, the great Heavy D passed away yesterday. We here at SpinningPlatters are definitely sad, but the best way to respect the memory of a fallen musician is to go see live music.

Thursday, November 10th

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, East Bay Grease, The Struts at Bottom Of The Hill

There are a lot of retro soul bands floating around out there. And most of the really don’t do much to progress the genre of soul music, they instead just try to sound old. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound manage to sound both classic and new all at once. I highly recommend this show. Fellas, show up in a suit & tie. Ladies, brave the cold and put on your nicest cocktail dress. Make this a serious night out.

Geographer, Electric Gust at Rickshaw Stop

Gordon Lightfoot at The Flint Center – Cupertino

Friday, November 11th

Brandt Brauer Frick, Psychic Friend, James & Evander at Rickshaw Stop

How to describe Brandt Brauer Frick? Are they pop, jazz, modern classical, or minimalist techno? Yes! Their music will make you think, it’ll make you dance, and it’ll make you smile from the pure genius of it. Playing at the Rickshaw Stop is the core trio who ironically tend to be louder and more over-the-top than their 11-piece ensemble.

Mary J Blige does My Life at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Saturday, November 12th

Yelle, Dirty Ghosts at Mezzanine

There is far too much English language pop music. Yelle are here to teach you folks that you can dance in French. Because, seriously, everything sounds better in French.

Saturday, November 12th & Sunday, November 13th

They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton at The Fillmore

A match made in nerd heaven. Seriously. There will be more intellectual wordplay on stage this night than the human brain could possibly contain.

Monday, November 14th

Feist, Chilly Gonzales at The Warfield

Peaches’ former roommate has been taking a few years off, but is back too bring her highly eclectic sound to the masses. This time around, fellow friend of Peaches and stranger than Feist is Chilly Gonzales, who is touring an album of solo piano works.

The Dirty Heads, Wallpaper., HB Surround Sound at The Regency Ballroom

Tuesday, November 15th

Over The Rhine, Milk Carton Kids at Great American Music Hall

The slow, dark, hypnotic folk of Over The Rhine is a perfect fit for such a stunning, classic room like Great American Music Hall. The room opened in 1907, and imagining all the ghosts that could be inhabiting the space will add a whole new eeriness to the music.

The Stone Foxes, Steve Taylor Band, Magheetah at The Independent

Wednesday, November 16th

Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star at Mezzanine

Sometimes, all you need to do to achieve legend status is put out one album. Sex Pistols did it. Black Star did it. Yes, both of these guys have had successful solo careers, Black Star just put out one amazing record. Catch them doing it live at Mezzanine, because you never know when you’ll get this again.

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