Shannon & The Clams

Photo by Breanne Bowland

I used to go to a lot of shows. I spent most of my twenties in Chicago, which, oh man, the music scene. Ten bucks could get you a Huber Bock and what felt like constant access to [The] Gossip. Gingerman, Elbo Room, Delilah’s, the Metro, Empty Bottle, the Vic, and countless little dank bars.

I’m older and more tired now, but that isn’t why I almost never go to shows. On about a 1:1 ratio, for every show I attended in Chicago, there was one I called off at the last minute, one I spent huddled in a corner, one I missed most of because I “stepped out for air” and never went back in. A couple years ago, I stopped fighting the fact that I rarely, if ever, feel safe at shows. I had to start saying it in words when I started dating my husband, who goes to an average of two shows a week, and who can predict with almost 100% accuracy which bands I will like. I’d watch him bop easily around a room hugging friends, and realize we’d never have a relationship if I kept trying to go to shows and standing stiffly in the least crowded part of the space with my arms locked around my chest until enough time had passed that I felt justified shouting “I’M READY TO GO NOW” in his ear. [read the whole post]

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Noise Pop 2017 is upon us. For eleven straight days, we will be enjoying the finest in film and music that the scene has to offer. There is literally too much to do, and there is no way you can be everywhere at once, so here is a quick guide to the best of the fest. Of course, you may disagree with my choices, and if so, there’s the full schedule to choose from.

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This weekend in Mosswood Park!

This weekend in Mosswood Park!

Historically, July has been a dead period for big music festivals. Recently, however, we’ve seen two amazing festivals pop up. Next week is Phono del Sol. This week, however, is the positively epic Burger Boogaloo! There is going to be 50 years worth of the finest garage bands ever in Mosswood Park, near MacArthur Bart in Oakland. However, there is plenty more happening this week in addition to that: [read the whole post]

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I expect Mosswood Park to look a lot like this come Saturday...

I expect Mosswood Park to look a lot like this come Saturday…

This is a short week. I didn’t want to work on Independence Day. Still, there is plenty left to do this week, so I hope you didn’t party too hard last night!

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Appearing with the San Francisco Symphony

Appearing with the San Francisco Symphony

Sometimes I get exhausted just putting this list together, let alone trying to figure out how I can be in 20 places at once…

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R Kelly, showing off his Halloween costume.

Another exhausting Rocktober has finally come to an end. Of course, who better to close it out than R Kelly?

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 9/6/12 – 9/12/12

September 5, 2012

The legendary “Rocktober” seems to be starting early this year… September’s show schedule is already full of conflicts and killer shows. Please, read on!

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 8/9/12 – 8/15/12

August 8, 2012

Since Outside Lands sold out for the first time ever this year, I bet you are looking for options! Well, there is an amazing double header at Hella Jelly Warehouse in Oakland on Saturday, August 11th! The great Kimya Dawson and her former Moldy Peach associate Only Son will be tickling your ears, and SpinningPlatters […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 4/26/12-5/2/12

April 25, 2012

We’ve got another full week of shows, and this one is chock full of some truly interesting and experimental music. Open your mind and your ears and go out this week!

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 6/16/11-6/22/11

June 15, 2011

Can’t think of anything funny or witty to say… So here’s some Breeders lyrics: Saints alive you’re saying Walk in … squares The hid are out, out for the year It’s a lot of face A lot of crank air Eroding around here Summer’s ready Summer is ready when you are

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