Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 2/9/12-2/15/12

by Dakin Hardwick on February 8, 2012

Comin' To Oakland!

February is a pretty nutty month for shows in SF. And that’s not just counting Noise Pop… The weeks warming up to Noise Pop are pretty insane, too! So, clear your schedule, and go out to a few shows!

Thursday, February 9th

Chali 2Na, Ren The Vinyl Archeologist, Steelo, Raw-G, Aima The Dreamer at The New Parish

The first time I heard the smooth, deep baritone flow of Chali 2Na was the first Ozomatli record. He is one of the most unique and gifted MC’s I’ve ever heard. He is also one dynamic live performer, which is hard to find in the hip hop world.

The Features, Vanprasta at Cafe du Nord

Lana Del Rey at Amoeba Music – San Francisco

Friday, February 10th & Saturday, February 11th

Social Distortion, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Sharks at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Social Distortion are more than just an LA punk band. They are one of the rare bands to break out of the 80’s LA punk scene and into the mainstream. They did this by writing catchy pop songs that everyone can relate to. Opening the show is the young english folk singer, Frank Turner, and UK punkers SHARKS.

Friday, February 10th

Estelle, Elle Varner, Stacy Barthe, Luke James at The New Parish

Los Campesinos!, Parenthetical Girls at Great American Music Hall

Saturday, February 11th & Sunday, February 12th

Nikka Costa, Terraplane Sun at Red Devil Lounge

The worst thing to be is the first person to do something. Nikka Costa beat the blue eyed soul craze by about 3 years. She is just as talented, if not more talented than Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and Adele, but didn’t cross over in the same way. Well, she’s kept trucking, put out her best record in years, and is playing two nights at Red Devil Lounge. And, rumor has it, tickets are moving swiftly, so don’t miss your last chance to see her at such a tiny venue.

Saturday, February 11th

DI, White Trash Debutantes, The Lean, The Lincolns at Uptown Nightclub

Sunday, February 12th

Indian Jewelery, Jealousy, Shakes Gown at Hemlock Tavern

Our editor in chief once called this band “The worst band he’s every seen.” He’s seen hundreds of bands, so this is a pretty esteemed position to be in. I also disagree with him whole heartedly.

Manhattan Transfer at Yoshi’s – Oakland

Monday. February 13th

Richie Beirach and Laurie Antonioli at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Tuesday, February 14th

T.I.T.S., Uzi Rash, Chris Thayer at Hemlock Tavern

Hemlock Tavern is doin g a special show for Valentine’s Day. It’s a free show, and, well, you get both T.I.T.S. and Uzi Rash. So, basically, exactly what you wanted on Valentine’s Day.

Lenny Kravitz, Raphael Saadiq at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Wednesday, Feburary 15th

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour at The Independent

Looking for a great way to cope with Valentine’s Day? A super fun disco dance party! And that’s what you will get when you go see The Asteroids Galaxy Tour! Instead of crying into your beer, you will dance into your beer!

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