More prime Fauxchella shows making it really hard to get a good night’s sleep on a school night. But you only live once, eh?
Thursday, April 18th
Metric, Mona at The Fox Theater – Oakland
Recently the public radio program “Sound Opinions” had a special on bands that released four or more records in a row that were truly excellent. Metric were sadly overlooked in this special, but, unarguably one of those bands. From the New Wave glory of 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? to last year’s claustrophobic masterpiece Synthetica, Ms Emily Haines & crew keep putting out great record after great record. On top of that, they are a fantastic live band. There are a ton of options tonight, but this is definitely the best show.
Savages, No Bra at The Independent
How to destroy angels, DIIV at The Regency Ballroom
Friday, April 19th
Tinariwen at The Chapel
Tinariwen are a dark rock band from Algeria. They piece together traditional African rhythms with beautiful melancholia in a way that sounds nothing like anything you’ve heard before. And, in a venue like The Chapel, a space that is nearly acoustically perfect and stunning, this show will be especially amazing.
The King Kahn & BBQ Show, Sir Lord Raven, Wild Eyes SF at Slim’s
Spring Fever: James & Evander, Social Studies, Sean Keane & more at Verdi Club
A free evening of music, comedy, and literature? It’s like dancing to get smart!
Saturday, April 20th
Roni Size, Jamal, Audio Angel at The Independent
All Dubstep is, at least to me, is taking the least interesting element of Drum n Bass, and looping it endlessly. Instead, why don’t you spend your Saturday Night with a master of the Drum n Bass?
Snoop Dogg at The Fillmore
I mean, it is 4/20, after all?
Sunday, April 21st
Lee Fields & The Expression, Lady, The Bang Girl Group Revue at Bimbo’s 365 Club
Lee Fields has been performing live for 43 years. And it wasn’t until 2011 when he really broke through. His sound is simple, classic R&B. The man has charisma in spades, and might be the closest you will get to seeing James Brown in person.
Monday, April 22nd
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Busdriver at The New Parish
Aesop Rock is one of the finest MC’s in the bay area. He’s always been just a tad under the radar, but he is one of the finest live performers in the business. Opener Busdriver put out one of the finest pieces of psychedelic soul-hop you will ever hear last year. In whole, you’ve got the best double bills you will ever imagine on a Monday night.
Tuesday, April 23rd
Alex Clare, The Knocks at The Regency Ballroom
Alex Clare is modern electronic dance music’s bluesman. His voice has an obscene amount of soul and heart, and manages to make such a robotic genre of music sound almost human!
Wednesday, April 24th
An Evening With The Little Willies at Great American Music Hall
The Little Willies were initially conceived of as a Willie Nelson tribute band co-fronted by Norah Jones and Richard Julian, and featuring guitar god Jim Campilongo. The band eventually evolved into a country western supergroup that does a delightful combination on standards and originals. Plus, when are you going to see Norah Jones at such a small place!