Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 12/13/12-12/19/12

by Dakin Hardwick on December 13, 2012

Coming to Brick & Mortar on Tuesday!

Your stare was holding
Ripped jeans, skin was showing
Hot night, wind was blowing
Where you think you’re going, baby?

Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy
But here’s my number, so call me maybe
It’s hard to look right, at you baby
But here’s my number, so call me maybe

Thursday, December 13th

Chris Isaak at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium

You know who this guy is. You just may have forgotten about him. He is on of San Francisco’s favorite sons: the man with the voice of Roy Orbison and thick enough skin to surf in Ocean Beach. He is one of the greatest performers of all time, and you should only be so lucky as to get to see him in one of the nicest places in SF.

Gloria Trevi at The Fillmore

Friday, December 14th

Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy, Owl City, Cher Lloyd at San Jose State Event Center

Carly Rae Jepsen is a 27 year old singer songwriter from Canada. Psy is a 34 year old rapper from South Korea. These two artists did the two biggest singles of 2012, proving that you don’t need to be a teenager to chart as a newcomer. This show, put on by 99.7 [NOW], the first successful top 40 station in the bay area in my lifetime, promises to be a blissful evening of ear worms that will keep you dancing like a horse while you try to call your crush for weeks afterwards. And, in case you forgot about the two catchiest songs ever, here you go:

The Aquabats, Suburban Legend, Kepi Ghoulie at Slim’s

Saturday, December 15th

Psychic TV, Lumerians, King Dude, Youth Code at The Uptown – Oakland

Genesis P-Orridge was, sadly, ejected from Throbbing Gristle recently. So, instead, he’s resurrecting the “other” band to play a very special, very intimate at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. Although still from that world of industrial experimentation, Psychic TV are just a touch accessible, and, lord help us, you might even be able to do some “dancing” at this gig!

The California Honeydrops, Howell Devine at The New Parish

Sunday, December 16th

Barrington Levy at The New Parish

Barrington Levy may not be be as highly regarded as Toots Hibbert, Jimmy Cliff, or Bob Marley, he is still a legend. His music has spanned many, many generations, and continues to be highly influential. The New Parish is a nice and tiny place to see a man that is much, much bigger than this room.

2 Chainz, Cap 1 at The Warfield

Monday, December 17th

Dee Dee and Brandon play the music of Dum Dum Girls and The Crocodiles, Gio + Stef (Young Prisms) at Rickshaw Stop

This show is kind of an exciting surprise. Dee Dee and Brandon are an indie rock super couple, fronting The Dum Dum Girls and The Crocodiles, respectively. They will be playing stripped down versions of both bands music, completely with (hopefully) a lot of adoring looks at each other, showing how madly in love these two are with each other.

Dr Frank, The Moore Brothers at Night Light

Tuesday, December 18th

The Weeknd, Nosaj Thing at The Warfield

The Weeknd came out with a huge amount of hype earlier this year. Happily, his dark, bordering on claustrophobic, blend of chillwave and mainstream R & B is as good as the hype implies. This is the sexiest show of the week, and might be the best place to cuddle with a loved one during these cold winter days.


Big Black Delta, Rxcxxns at Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Not the band with Steve Albini.

Wednesday, December 19th

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Slim’s

Fuzz, Hatchet, Chaz and The Meat Bodies at Hemlock Tavern

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