Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 7/12/12 – 7/18/12

by Dakin Hardwick on July 11, 2012

Performing this Saturday Night!

In the difficult weeks between Summer music festivals, we have a pretty epic week of shows coming up. I can guarantee you that you will find at least two acts on this list that you thought would never tour again!

Thursday, July 12th

Cody ChestnuTT at Yoshi’s – SF

In 2002, Cody ChesnuTT released The Headphone Masterpiece. It was a genius record- lofi home recordings that fused together R&B, Classic Funk, pure Rock & Roll, and Ween/TMBG influenced humor. He’s spent the last 10 years distancing himself from the music business, but he has returned, and he’s using Kickstarter to fund his follow up. This artist is a truly unique specimen, and his live show is definitely one to make it a point of. Especially since it could be another decade before we see him again!

Fishbone at The New Parish

Howard Jones at Mezzanine

Friday, July 13th

Booker T Jones at Yoshi’s – SF

Booker T Jones is one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock. His signature organ style and classy funk played a major role in creating the sound of bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Drive By Truckers and My Morning Jacket. He removed the church organ from the chapel, and placed it in the nightclub where it belongs. And, it 67 years old, he’s still putting out new music, putting out albums with Drive By Truckers and The Roots as his back up bands, and still plays with the vigor of a man half his age.

Turbenegra, The Bastard Makers at Lucky 13 – Alameda

Sergent Garcia, Bayonics, Bang Data at Mezzanine

Saturday, July 14th

Levi Weaver at Steph’s Backyard

Levi Weaver writes and sings beautiful, dark songs, and unlike most other artists, uses his fans as his booking agent. And since we’re fans, we’re presenting an exclusive show at a somewhat secret venue called Steph’s Backyard in The Mission. Please buy a ticket, then some merch, and sit outside on a beautiful Saturday night listening to some lovely melodies.

An Evening With Tangerine Dream at Mountain Winery – Saratoga

Al Green at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium

Sunday, July 15th

Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Whiz at The Fillmore

Local indie hop hop legend Aesop Rock has been especially prolific lately, putting out some of the best music of his career, both alone, and with his surprise collaborator Kimya Dawson. There will be no Kimya at this gig, but just some of the best underground hip hop you will find these days.

Modern English, Sid Luscious and The Pants at Cafe du Nord

Monday, July 16th

Frank Ocean at The Regency Ballroom

The hype around Odd Future really isn’t merited. In fact, the only one with any real talent in the group is Frank Ocean.

ZZ Ward at Cafe du Nord

Tuesday, July 17th

Carrie Manolakos at Yoshi’s – SF

Best known for playing Sophia Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, however she’s been making waves on the web with her cover chilling of Radiohead’s “Creep.” I know, everyone does this song. But nobody does it like her. And, of course, her originals are pretty astounding, too:

Toots & The Maytals, The Lions at The Fillmore

Wednesday, July 18th

Kelli Scarr, Greg Ashley, American Bloomers, Harbours, Pam Benjamin at The Vortex Room

This woman has one of the most chilling voices in popular music. The Vortex Room is a psychedelic speakeasy hiding in SOMA, so this show is like a buried treasure whose rewards will be great if you take the time & effort out to find it. Please note: The address to this venue is 1082 Howard St, near Howard. It has no marquee at all, and the cover is a low $10, so, seriously, go to this show.

Scott Weiland at The Independent

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