Another exhausting Rocktober has finally come to an end. Of course, who better to close it out than R Kelly?
Thursday, October 25th
An Evening With Public Image, LTD at The Regency Ballroom
Sure, it’s not The Sex Pistols. However, Johnny Rotten’s post-Pistols New Wave project may not have the historical gravitas of his first band, one could argue that this band was sonically more progressive than their punk counterpart.
Friday, October 26th
Matt & Kim, Oberhofer at The Fox Theater – Oakland
It is impossible to be unhappy while watching or listening to Matt & Kim. This band is the sonic equivalent of pure joy. Be prepared to dance recklessly.
The Toadies, Helmet, Ume at The Independent
Pickwick, Fox & Cobra, Black Market Cobras at Rickshaw Stop
Saturday, October 27th
Here We Go Magic, Seventeen Evergreen at The Chapel
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Million Young at The Fillmore
Sunday, October 28th
Band Of Horses, Howlin’ Rain at The Fox Theater – Oakland
Monday, October 29th
Cadence Weapon, Dirty Ghosts at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Cadence Weapon are a hip hop duo from Canada. You know, that country that breeds nothing but hip hop? Well, they aren’t your normal rap group, as they have most recently toured with such art rock luminaries as Japandroids and Liars. They do something a bit darker and more claustrophobic than you the current scene, which might be why the rock world has embraced them so. Tonight they are playing with Dirty Ghosts- a phenomenal garage rock combo that killed a couple weeks ago at Treasure Island.
Tuesday, October 30th
Sophie Barker at Yoshi’s – San Francisco
I will say this once: Sophie Barker sang the best songs in Zero 7. She is playing Yoshi’s, which is one of the finest venues in the bay, and probably the best place to experience this sexy, soulful voice.
Hannah Georgas, Patrick Park at Cafe du Nord
Wednesday, October 31st
R Kelly, Tamia at The Paramount Theater
Halloween with R Kelly? This is a dream come true! The king of the dirty soul song is making a rare theater appearance in downtown Oakland, and, believe me- this show will be amazing. Make note: anyone you see on November 1st on public transit, still in their Halloween costume? They went to this show. And, yes, they had a very good night. (Also: if anyone is into cyber stalking, you can find where I’m sitting at this show on Ticketmaster using that creepy thing where you can tag where you are on the seating chart)
Nobunny, Shannon & The Clams, Pow! at Brick and Mortar Music Hall