Enjoy another fine week of rock n roll in the bay!
Thursday, May 14th
Nellie McKay, Chloe Jean at Great American Music Hall
Nellie McKay is one of the most inventive performers out there, blending together folk, classic jazz, and an impressively sharp tongue. Whenever she tours, she always does a brand new, entirely unique show. Tonight she’s paying tribute to the music of the 1960’s, doing her take on popular songs from the era such as “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks and “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag” by Country Joe and The Fish.
California Honeydrops, Quinn Deveaux at The New Parish
Friday, May 15th
James Hetfield, Sammy Hagar, Linda Perry, Jerry Cantrell, Pat Manohan at The Masonic
Here’s the premise – a bunch of most famous Bay Area musicians get together to play acoustically in order to raise money for cancer research. Featuring members of Metallica, 4 Non Blondes, Van Halen, Alice In Chains, Train, and more! It’s going to be well worth your money & time.
Chicano Batman, Thee Commons at Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Saturday, May 16th
The Wombats, Life In Film, Cheerleader at The Fillmore
The Wombats were a fixture of the late 00’s dance rock movement. Then they just sort of disappeared… Well, they are back and ready to get you all sweaty on the dancefloor again! Put on some comfortable shoes, drink plenty of water and even more whiskey and party!
Con Brio, Mike B & The Universe at Bottom Of The Hill
Sunday, May 17th
The Jesus + Mary Chain, The Black Ryder at The Warfield
Shoegaze reunions have been all the rage these days, so it must be pretty hard to be the one band that never really went away. So, they decided to hit the road and do their magnificent debut record Psychocandy in it’s entirety. Bring your earplugs, because this is gonna be a loud one!
Monday, May 18th
U2 at SAP Center in San Jose
I take it you are still mad at them for sneaking their new record onto you iPhone, aren’t you? Well, get over it. This bloated behemoth of a band puts on the best gigantic rock spectacle out there. So get over yourself and enjoy some rock.
Tuesday, May 19th
Ex Hex, Cold Beat, The Shivas at Rickshaw Stop
Guitar heroine Mary Timony has got a new band. They are called Ex Hex, and they are pure and vital. They’ve stripped away the prog tendencies of her old band Helium and the experimental tendencies of Wild Flag, and made a great record of guitar based power pop.
Nothing, Tony Molina, Cloakroom at Oakland Metro Operahouse
Wednesday, May 20th
Fuzz, Lamps at Great American Music Hall
Ty Segall is currently taking a break from releasing 45,000,212 records this week to play drums for the brilliant psych sludge outfit Fuzz. So bring a head full of whatever substance you prefer and let your brain melt in the most joyous way imaginable.
Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love at Shoreline Amphitheater