Thursday, May 8th
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Joel Gion & The Primary Colors at The Fox Theater – Oakland
When I first saw The Brian Jonestown Massacre, way back in the late 90’s at Great American Music Hall, I didn’t think this band was going to survive the show, let alone still be playing fifteen years later. It was a beautiful and messy set, and the tambourine player’s hand was literally covered in blood by the end of the set. Since this is a much larger room, I’m expecting there to be at least 6x the blood.
Lumerians, Zombie Zombie, Maus Haus at Great American Music Hall
Friday, May 9th
An Evening With The Nels Cline Singers at The Chapel
Nels Cline is the guitarist for Wilco. His records are filed under “jazz” in most record stores. Neither of these things will help you imagine what The Nels Cline Singers sound like. He doesn’t sing. He does play guitar like a madman. This will be a blissful evening of destructive noise. Please schedule ear drum replacement surgery the next day.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Zach Heckendorf at The Fox Theater – Oakland
Saturday, May 10th
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Poolside, Ra Ra Riot, Crash at Sharon Meadow – Golden Gate Park
Everyone already knows Edward Sharpe. Either you like them or you don’t at this point. Poolside, however, are the real reason to go to this show. If anyone saw them at Treasure Island this year, they will remember that they managed to use their summery jams to heat up the bitter cold. Since we are experiencing the warmest Spring in a number of years, there is a good chance it will get so hot people will faint. So, please, remember to hydrate at this show.
Old 97’s, Nikki Lane at The Fillmore
Sunday, May 11th
Today is Mother’s Day. So you should probably spend it with your mother.
Monday, May 12th
Ms Lauryn Hill, Daniel Bambaata Marley at The Warfield
Tuesday, May 13th
Holly Golightly and The Broke Offs, Uke-hunt, The Crux at Thee Parkside
Holly Golightly hasn’t visited the Bay Area in quite a while, so this is an especially exciting show! Her voice is like honey, with a ferocious attitude and some amazing songs. Enjoy a wonderful Rockabilly Tuesday!
Wednesday, May 14th
Carrie Brownstein at The Nourse Theater
It’s been 20 years since the release of Excuse 17’s debut record, a record that helped define both Riot Grrl and Emo. In the last two decades, she started Sleater – Kinney, probably the best band ever, and, in a surprise turn of events, spent her time after Sleater – Kinney becoming the face of television sketch comedy. Tonight we get the rare treat of hearing Ms Brownstein discuss her entire career.
Failure at Great American Music Hall