Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 5/15/14-5/21/14

by Dakin Hardwick on May 15, 2014

Appearing at Neck Of The Woods on Friday

Appearing at Neck Of The Woods on Friday

Thursday, May 15th

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Sleepy Sun at The Regency Ballroom

Charles Bradley is a force unlike any other force in soul music. This 65 year old former James Brown impersonator is a living testament that hard work and patience will pay off. This man was 60 when he finally got to release his first full length record, and his live show is indescribable.

Maximo Park, Eternal Summers at Rickshaw Stop

Priscilla Ahn at Yoshi’s – San Francisco

Friday, May 16th

New Young Pony Club, Parade Of Lights at Neck Of The Woods

We are about due for an electroclash revival, aren’t we? Aren’t we all sick of this EDM shows where it’s just a guy behind a laptop with a bunch of lights? New Young Pony Club haven’t been to the US in seven years, however their new material is just as strong as ever, and frontwoman Tahita Bulmer is one of the best band leaders I’ve ever seen.

Say Hi, Big Scary, HIPS at Bottom Of The Hill

Saturday, May 17th

Allen Toussaint at Yoshi’s – Jack London Square

Allen Toussaint is a rock n roll legend and innovator. He bridged New Orleans Funk and classic 50’s rock creating an entirely unique sound, and he’s been doing it for over 40 years.

Lindsey Sterling, Dia Frampton at The Warfield

Sunday, May 18th

Iggy Azalea at The Fillmore

Iggy Azalea is one of the best MC’s in the business. She is simply amazing on the mic, and, although this is her first full scale tour, it’s going to be great. Now listen to the song of the summer:

Monday, May 19th

Nickel Creek, The Secret Sisters at The Fox Theater – Oakland

Nickel Creek left us with Why Did The Fire Die nine long years ago. It was a brilliant record. Fast forward to a world where bands like Lumineers, Civil Wars, and Mumford & Sons are the biggest bands on earth, it’s only fair that Nickel Creek get to enjoy some of this folk revival that they helped inspire. They are back with a brilliant new album and one of the highest energy shows you will see all year.

Ben Folds with San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall

Tuesday, May 20th

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Syd Arthur at Great American Music Hall

Sean Lennon is the child of Yoko Ono and John Lennon. So chances were slim that he’d end up working as an accountant. It also means that he’s under an insane amount of pressure, because look at the footsteps he has to follow! I am very happy to say that he managed to put together a musical project that blends together psych, folk, and pop in a way that will do his dad proud.

Christina Perri, Birdy at The Fillmore

Wednesday, May 21st

Princess at The Regency Ballroom

This is the third time Maya Rudolph has brought her Prince cover band to the Bay Area in the last three years. At this point, it’s no longer just a novelty. It’s a genuine project that comes from a genuine love of Revolution-era Prince. It’s one helluva show, too!

Ledisi, Robert Glasper Experiment at The Warfield

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