Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 4/26/12-5/2/12

by Dakin Hardwick on April 25, 2012

Playing Thursday Night at The Regency Ballroom

We’ve got another full week of shows, and this one is chock full of some truly interesting and experimental music. Open your mind and your ears and go out this week!

Thursday, April 26th

Trippple Nippples, Ass Baboons Of Venus, Harriott with Sophia Mabeltini at Thee Parkside

Not only do they have the single best name of any band in popular music, Trippple Nippples pretty much rule. They are from Japan, and they are in the midst of their first trip to the US. They put on an insane live show, complete with actual choreography combined with dirty electronic beats and even dirtier lyrics. This is that “I saw them way back when” tour… Don’t regret it not coming out to this gig.

Kittie, Blackguard, The Agonist, Bonded By Blood at The Regency Ballroom

Friday, April 27th & Saturday, April 28th

Coldplay, Metronomy, The Pierces at HP Pavilion

Yeah, I’m not a fan of Coldplay… But the support of this tour is both excellent, and very, very lucky. Maybe this will start getting a few yuppies out to Rickshaw Stop. Maybe that’s not a good thing…

Friday, April 27th

Opeth, Mastodon, Ghost at The Fox Theater – Oakland

There are only three prog metal bands currently touring that have managed to attract a fan base outside of their usual “adult male comic book collector” demographic. Yes, these bands do long, riff heavy songs that extend past the 15 minute mark. Yes, there may be songs about Moby Dick. But there are also enough hooks to make the music accessible to outsiders.

The Skatalites, Norma Fraser, Ladies Of Ska at Uptown Nightclub

Saturday, April 28th

John C Reilly and Friends, The Crooked Jades at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Some people are just far too talented for their own good. John C Reilly is likely to become one of the few people to get end up with the infamous EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). His first introduction to the world of music was the underrated film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, the soundtrack to it is one of the most relistenable comedy records of all time. He recently put out a single on Jack White’s Third Man Records, proving that he can be a serious musician as well.

DJ Shadow at The Regency Ballroom

Sunday, April 29th

Havana D’Primera at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Fact: The best latin dance music comes from Cuba.

Fact: It’s really difficult for Cuban bands to play in the US due to a variety of reasons.

So, quite frankly, it would be in your best interest to go see Havana D’Primera on Sunday night, because it promises to be an epic 3 hour dance party that you may never get to do again.


Monday, April 30th

Tennis, Wild Belle at The Independent

These two bands make a fantastic case for going out on a Monday night. Tennis do genre that I can only call Spy Pop: fusing together elements of 60’s spy movie music with pure pop. Wild Belle manage to make reggae music sound very sexy. Put it together, and you have pure awesomeness.

Tuesday, May 1st

Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufield, Gregory Rogove at Hotel Utah

The baritone sax is an under-appreciated instrument. It’s thicky, throaty tone is glorious. Colin Stetson is one of the few people to devote their lives to becoming an expert at this magnificent instrument. Please attend this show. It will make you a better person.

Wednesday, May 2nd

Ty Segall, White Fences, Shannon & The Clams at The Independent

Ty Segall is an amazingly gifted local songwriter that can run the span from mopey shoegaze to assaultive pop punk. His recent shows with White Fences have been sweaty, raucous dance parties, so expect more that from this show.

James Morrison, HoneyHoney at The Fillmore

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