Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 10/18/12-10/24/12

by Dakin Hardwick on October 18, 2012

Happy Mid/Late Rocktober. Good luck clearing your calendar!

Thursday, October 18th

Tift Merritt, Amy Cook at Cafe du Nord

Tift Merritt as an amazing singer/songwriter from North Carolina. She manages to walk the fine line between country singer and 90’s alt rock singer, and has managed to develop her own unique sound. She is also a great live performer, and this is the most intimate venue she’s played in years, so this is a special treat for you.


Jane’s Addiction, Thenewno2 at The Warfield


Adam Ant & The Good & The Bad & The Lovely Posse at The Regency Ballroom 


Friday, October 19th

Beth Orton, Sam Amidon at The Regency Ballroom

It’s been far too long since Beth Orton was last part of our lives. She’s a fantastic singer / songwriter / arranger, and the world needs more of her. Please go to this show because we don’t want her forgetting about American again.


The Whigs, The Record Company, Fake Your Own Death at Rickshaw Stop

Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st

A Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheater

An acoustic show with Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young, Guns N Roses, Steve Martin, and more. Also, you are raising money for kids with physical and mental disabilities. It’s an all win situation!


Saturday, October 20th

Nick Waterhouse, The Allah-La’s at Bimbo’s 365 Club

I know that some folks might be getting sick of this neo/retro soul movement. But I’m not. And if you are, you should still give Nick Waterhouse a try. The guy plays the classics r&b as if it’s fresh and new, and really brings out his own identity into this sound.


Stars, Diamond Rings,  California Wives at The Fillmore


Sunday, October 21st

Nellie McKay at Montalvo Center For The Arts 

Nellie McKay has been given a whole lot of press on this site. Because she’s fantastic. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s socially conscious. She can sing. She has charisma.  She’s well worth making your way to Saratoga. This is her first regular “concert” in the bay area in years, and it should be fun to hear the classics again! And if you don’t believe me, here are the top two comments on the YouTube page for this song:

“Nellie McKay is Nellie McKay don’t you fucking compare her to anyone.”



Monday, October 22nd

Ultraista, Astronauts, etc at The Independent

Yes. It’s another supergroup: Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, former REM drummer Joey Waronker and newcomer Laura Bettinson doing stunning world music meets pure pop in a way that you would never expect.


Wednesday, October 24th

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Trio, Crypts at The New Parish

It’s been a nutty year for Lopez: balancing At The Drive In reunion dates, a new record and touring from The Mars Volta, and he still has time for these insane side projects. For this show, he’s got Teri Gender Bender of Les Butcherettes on vocals, however… She might be the craziest frontperson alive today. Which means you should see her now before it’s too late.


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