Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 4/12/12-4/18/12

by Dakin Hardwick on April 11, 2012

How many crows are in this picture?

The best 7 days of live music ever? Maybe… Read on!

Thursday, April 12th

Lee Ranaldo at Amoeba Music – San Francisco

Now that Sonic Youth are no more, it’s kind of exciting to see what will come next for everyone…. Ranaldo maybe the most underrated member of the group, and, hopefully, this means that he will get a chance to steal the spotlight.

Melvins, Unsane at Great American Music Hall

Miike Snow, Penguin Prison at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Friday, April 13th

Jonathan Richman at The New Parish

Jonathan Richman is a local hero and a living legend. The man is a one of the greatest living performers, and one of the finest songwriters in the history of rock.

Youth Lagoon, Porcelain Raft at The Independent

Monkey, Brass Hysteria at Grant & Green

Saturday, April 14th

Yonder Mountain String Band, Brown Bird at  The Fillmore

Richard Buckner, Tim Cohen at Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Sunday, April 15th

GIVERS, White Arrows at Slim’s

GIVERS were my favorite band to land on my radar in 2011. They are equal parts musically proficient, sonically adventurous, and spastically danceable, all with the emotional purity that comes from being young. There are a lot of show options this week, but this band will make you happier than any other show this week, you just don’t know it yet.

Ximena Sarinana at The New Parish

Jimmy Cliff, Grass Child at The Uptown Theatre – Napa

Monday, April 16th

Counting Crows, Mean Creek at The Fox Theater – Oakland

There seems to be a bit of 90’s nostalgia in the air… It’s great because a lot of forgotten bands are making the rounds again. One of my favorites was Counting Crows, and, well, I’m really excited to finally see this band live.

Kasabian, Hacienda at The Fillmore

Tuesday, April 17th

Pulp, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at The Warfield

I’ve been waiting to for this moment since sophomore year of high school…

Foxy Shazam, Maniac, Cadaver Dogs at Rickshaw Stop

Which sucks, because this band’s singer eats cigarettes! And the openers will melt your face off… So please bring your slow melting face.

Wanda Jackson, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside at The Regency Ballroom

Wednesday, April 18th

Refused, The Hives, The Bronx at The Warfield

Refused. The band that could barely play small clubs on it’s last American tour are now selling out several times larger. Why is that? Maybe because there assaultive take on punk rock was a little too progressive for our poor ears in 1997. People were listening to mellower music. In the 15 years since this band last graced the stage, we have a whole new generation looking for music that is both intelligent and aggressive. Refused are that band.

Wild Flag, EMA at The Fillmore

Which makes it all the more depressing that Wild Flag are playing the same night. I hate conflicts. So, here’s 10 minutes of blistering guitar pyrotechnics.

Duncan Sheik & Suzanne Vega at Yoshi’s – SF

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