Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 8/2/12 – 8/8/12

by Dakin Hardwick on August 1, 2012

Coming to Shoreline Amphitheater on August 3rd

The final week before Outside Lands, and we have a whole lot on our docket. We’ve got no less than 8 bona fide rock legends coming to town, as well as 3 of SpinningPlatters’ all time favorite acts. Consider this your warm up for Golden Gate Park.

Thursday, August 2nd

Tears For Fears, Carina Round at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium

One of my earliest memories is of the film Real Genius. I won’t give away the ending if you haven’t seen it, but the closing scene features the song “Everybody Rules The World” by Tears For Fears. It might be one of the finest songs ever written. Opening the show is Carina Round, part time Puscifer collaborator and a fantastic musician in her own right.

John Fogerty at Mountain Winery – Saratoga

Friday, August 3rd

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! w/ Scott Aukerman, Paul F Thomkins, James Adomian, and Kurt Braunholer at Herbst Theater

Scott Aukerman has been floating around behind the scenes as a comedy writer for quite some time now, starting out as a staff writer for Mr Show. In the last few years, however, he’s been doing a podcast called Comedy Bang! Bang!, which, in my opinion is one of the funniest and most creative podcasts on the internet. He’s taking the show on the road, if it’s half as good as the podcast or the TV show, it will be the most entertaining show in town.

Iron Maiden, Coheed & Cambria at Shoreline Amphitheater

Zion I, DJ Vin Rock at Oaklandish

Soul Asylum, Trapper Schoepp & The Shades, Cosmic Suckerpunch at The Independent

Saturday, August 4th

Jay Brannan, Chris Pureka at Great American Music Hall

On record, Jay Brannan is a great songwriter with a stunning voice. Live, he is a one man show that is epically entertaining. His banter is genuine and hysterical, and has a fantastic rapport with his avid fanbase.

The English Beat, The Champions Inc at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Sunday, August 5th

Ozomatli, Smod at Stern Grove

At one point in time, I called Ozomatli the greatest live band on Earth. I’ve seen a lot of bands in my day, and, well, they are, still, the greatest live band on Earth. Their delicious fusion of hip hop, latin rock, funk, ska, meringue, and, well everything else, always evolves into the best party you will ever go to.

Murder By Death, Ha Ha Tonka at Bottom Of The Hill

Monday, August 6th

Chris Isaak, Shawn Colvin at Mountain Winery – Saratoga

Tuesday, August 7th

Foxygen, No, Dylan Shearer at Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Foxygen are getting an insane amount of hype, and this is the first time they are coming to SF. Which means, this is the bragging rights show. You can be the first of your friends to see this awesome psych duo live!

Fang Island, Zechs Marquise at Great American Music Hall

Neil Diamond at HP Pavilion

Wednesday, August 8th

Redd Kross, The Mantles, Warm Soda at Great American Music Hall

Another band from the “I never thought that I’d get the chance to see these guys” file. Redd Kross were the band to bridge the gap between the alternative rock era and the Warped Tour/pop punk era. This is going to be one of the first reunion gigs, so I really don’t what these shows are going to be like, but with songs like this, there’s little chance for this to go wrong.

Religious Girls, Aan, French Cassettes at Cafe du Nord

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