Another week, another nearly exhausting week of amazing rock n roll in the bay area.
Thursday, June 6th
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Karina Denike, Antique Naked Soul at Cafe du Nord
When I was in high school, I saw Dance Hall Crashers probably around 5 or 6 times. They were bloody amazing. Karina Denike was one of two lead singers, and now she’s doing sort of a retro jazz thing that is pretty impressive. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are also on the retro side, doing classic R&B. The combo in the classiest, retro venue in town? A fantastic night out…
I The Mighty, The Animal In Me, Belle Noire at Thee Parkside
Friday, June 7th
Bob Saget, David Feldman at The Regency Ballroom
Yes. The Bob Saget. The guy from Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Did you know that he was actually funny? Because he is. He’s seriously funny.
Rhys Catham performs 1977 Guitar Trio (G3) at The Lab
Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th
Anamanguchi, Crash Faster, Slime Girls at Brick & Mortar (6/8) Rickshaw Stop (6/9)
Anthemic chiptune heroes Anamanaguchi roll through the Bay Area this week. Witness their epic joyous guitar rock-outs. Jams for final boss levels that never existed. Anamanaguchi are what getting the power-up sounds like. Everything’s exploding for them right now — the album is fabulous, their Kickstarter blew up, and they’re going to be minting their own limited edition NES cartridges. Oh, and in their new video, they sent a fresh slice of pizza into orbit. Literally. Epic indeed. (Christopher Rogers)
Saturday, June 8th
North American Scum, Bang On at 50 Mason Social House
North American Scum are the Bay Area’s own LCD Soundsystem cover band. NAS channel LCD or Nirvana or whoever, and generate good clean fun. Shake your hips to the near-past with other people who happen to have blogs. It’ll be a time. (Christopher Rogers)
Sunday, June 9th
Total Control, Neon Piss, The Mallard, Synthetic ID at The Uptown Nightclub
Monday, June 10th
Girl In A Coma, Pinata Protest, Irontom at The New Parish
Girl In A Coma are an amazing band that fuses together elements of rockabilly, goth, new wave, and power pop into a blissful and unique sound, all of which centers around the stunning and powerful voice of lead singer Nina Diaz. Diaz has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard.
Beth Orton, James Bey at The Chapel
Tuesday, June 11th
Sonny & The Sunsets, Burnt Ones, Cool Ghouls at Eagle Tavern
Sonny & The Sunsets are almost an old fashioned, LA folk rock group. Only they aren’t from LA, they are from the Sunset district of San Francisco and Jackson Browne is not actual in the group. Either way, they are more than excellent.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cheap Trick at Mountain Winery
Wednesday, June 12th
Pharoah Monch at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Pharoah Monch is a brilliant mind and a groundbreaking MC. It pains me that you’ve never listened to him before. You should fix that. Maybe by going to Brick & Mortar tonight.