Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 2/16/12-2/22/12

by Dakin Hardwick on February 15, 2012

We are on our way to the beginning of Noise Pop…  But, since you are addicted to show going like I am, I have prepared a list of warm up gigs that you should attend. I know that I will be!

Thursday, February 16th

An Evening With Ms Lauryn Hill at The Warfield

Ms Lauryn Hill has spent well over a decade trying to distance herself from her solo debut, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. She refused to play these songs live, when through a period where she would only play folk music, and then spent a number of years doing shows of varying consistency, often times showing up late, seemingly unfocused out doing very sloppy shows. And then, roughly one year ago, she managed to get her groove back. She played an energetic set of hits last year at Mezzanine as well as a killer set headlining the Rock The Bells festival. Tonight at the Warfield, she will be playing Miseducation… in it’s entirety.

Moby at Vessel

If you’d like to see a different performer from the 90’s play a special intimate show, the legendary Moby is doing a show at Union Square nightclub Vessel.

Friday, February 17th

Judgement Day, Whiskerman, Matthew Joseph Payne at Rickshaw Stop

The heaviest instrumental, acoustic band in the world is a Bay Area treasure. If you’ve ever wanted to let your brain melt as a result of viola, cello and drums? This is where you can experience that.

Trainwreck Riders, The Human Condition, The Blank Tapes at The Independent

Saturday, February 18th

Pomplamoose, A B & The Sea at Great American Music Hall

There are literally one million groups that cover pop songs and post them on YouTube. And a lot of them are really good. But none of them are as great as Pomplamoose. It might be their incredible chops, or their adorable videos. Or, it could the fact that they can compose on their own, as well. Any which way, live shows are especially rare from this group, so you better spend your Saturday night at the Great American Music Hall.

Victory and Associates, Police Teeth, Repeat After Me at Hemlock Tavern

Sunday, February 19th

Buck 65, Busdriver, Kristoff Krane at Slim’s

I don’t know if you can refer to a solo artist as “reuniting,” but this amazing MC from Nova Scotia has been incredibly far off the radar for way too long. Don’t let him wait another 5 years to tour- come out to this show just to make sure he keeps coming to the states!

Testament, Hatriot, Angerhead at Avalon Nightclub

Monday, September 20th

Persephone’s Bees, Christina Courtin at Cafe du Nord

This garage rock quartet has survived getting signed by a major, being licensed to a series of romantic comedies, then getting dropped by the major before they got to put out a record. These types of stressers can killer a weaker band. It’s a good thing that this band isn’t a weak band.

The Fray, Scars on 45 at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Tuesday, February 21st

The Darkness, Foxy Shazam at The Fillmore

Coachella doesn’t have all the reunions this year. Bypassing the desert is the long awaited comeback tour by the UK’s glam rock comeback heroes The Darkness. Opening the show is theatrical rockers Foxy Shazam, who put on one of the finest live shows in rock.

Okay, The Drift, Martha Glover at Cafe du Nord

Wednesday, February 22nd

Keith Sweat at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

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