Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 10/25/12-10/31/12

by Dakin Hardwick on October 24, 2012

R Kelly, showing off his Halloween costume.

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


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