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Music, Hear This French Cassettes @ The Independent

French Cassettes @ The Independent

Well, this is one of the better local bills in a long time. French Cassettes, O (f.k.a. Black Cobra Vipers), and Hot Flash Heat Wave represent the best of San Francisco's current indie-rock scene, each occupying slightly different subgenres. The…
Music, Hear This Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Alabama Shakes @ The Greek Theatre

Remember the claw machine at the pizza parlor? Few things compared to the sheer joy of managing to snatch not one but two prizes with a single play. Well, the Alabama Shakes' upcoming concert at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre may…
Music, Hear This Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

Ben Harper @ The Fox Theater

"Shibui" is a Japanese word used to describe an aesthetic that is simple and subtle, but at the same time covertly complex, with hidden details and depths. It is also the perfect word to describe Ben Harper's music. On its…
Music, Hear This Riff Raff @ Social Hall

Riff Raff @ Social Hall

It's hard not to admire Riff Raff. The 34-year-old dude — born Horst Christian Simco — grew up in a shitty suburb outside of Houston, the second-oldest of four children in a blue-collar family where his mom worked as a…
Music, Hear This Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa @ Social Hall SF

Vic Mensa is young — 23 — so he's still figuring shit out, namely his musical style. His first two mixtapes, Trap House Rock (2012) and Innateape (2013), are filled with rapid-fire bars over clangy, bass-heavy instrumentals. But his debut…
Music, Hear This K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

K. Michelle @ Mezzanine

There are a lot of black female singers whose names start with a K: Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Kelis, Kehlani, Kelela, and Keri Hilson. And then there's K. Michelle. Yes, she sings lovelorn R&B songs like the others do and…
Music, Hear This Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Lucy Dacus @ Rickshaw Stop

Fuck being funny. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Dacus is tired of "feeling like the odd man out" and would rather be "the cute one," "the best dressed," "the smartest," or "the artist." Or so she says in her rough, unpolished, and string-filled…
Music, Hear This The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

The Sheepdogs @ The Chapel

Though they don't exactly sound like Kings of Leon — they have more of a Southern, retro sound — Canadian blues rock sextet The Sheepdogs owe a lot to that band. It was through playing Kings of Leon covers that…
Music, Hear This Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ SFJAZZ Center

It's time to get dirty — old school dirty, that is. Formed in 1977, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is widely lauded for introducing nontraditional sounds — namely funk and R&B — into New Orleans' jazz scene. Not only has the…
Music, Hear This Woods @ The Chapel

Woods @ The Chapel

At this point in Woods' career, it's almost strange for a full calendar year to pass without a new album from the band. This April, the band dropped its ninth full-length record, City Sun Eater in the River of Light,…
Music, Hear This Spindrift @ Slim's

Spindrift @ Slim's

The brainchild of Kirkpatrick Thomas and a shifting cast of wildly talented musicians, Spindrift has spent the last two-plus decades as an integral part of the West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Since it formed in 1992, Thomas and company have…
Music, Hear This The National @ The Greek Theatre

The National @ The Greek Theatre

What is the secret to The National? The indie rock quintet has been on the scene for nearly 20 years, but despite frequent visits to the Bay Area, their live performances never get old. Last fall, they headlined what we…
Music, Hear This Musiq Soulchild @ Yoshi's Oakland

Musiq Soulchild @ Yoshi's Oakland

Musiq Soulchild is a neo-soul singer with a penchant for lowercase letters, conjoining words, and persuading women to be his friend. That might sound creepy, but listen to his music — or read his book, 143 - Love According to…
Music, Hear This Toad The Wet Sprocket @ The Fillmore

Toad The Wet Sprocket @ The Fillmore

If you were under the age of 25 and owned a TV in the '90s, then surely you know Toad The Wet Sprocket. (And if you fall in that age category and owned a TV but still don't recognize the…
Music, Hear This World Order @ Fort Mason Center

World Order @ Fort Mason Center

With a motto like "Pop is our tradition," it's no wonder the J-POP SUMMIT is a celebration of Japanese movies, music, and pop culture. One of this year's musical acts is the electronic dance group World Order, which — fun…
Music, Hear This Caleborate @ Social Hall SF

Caleborate @ Social Hall SF

If it wasn't for his older brother, Caleborate might never have started rapping. While attending Contra Costa College, his older brother, a singer who performs under the name Cash Campain, rented a studio to record music and dragged his high…
Music, Hear This Ozomatli @ The New Parish

Ozomatli @ The New Parish

Ozomatli isn't messing around and it has the Grammys to prove it. The band's 2001 release Embrace the Chaos won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, an award the band won again in 2005. The Los Angeles band blends…
Music, Hear This Ratatouille @ Davies Symphony Hall

Ratatouille @ Davies Symphony Hall

Well, it looks like the orchestra is going to the rats. One specific rat, that is. This weekend, the San Francisco Symphony will project the 2007 animated Pixar film Ratatouille while the orchestra plays the score live. If you haven't…
Music, Hear This Vinyl Williams @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Vinyl Williams @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Vinyl Williams made a name for himself by taking neo-psychedelic pop to its most kaleidoscopic extreme. Culling inspiration from hippie culture and Ancient Egypt in equal measure, Williams creates sonic tapestries in step with the traditions of his '60s and…
Music, Hear This Fear of Men @ Swedish American Hall

Fear of Men @ Swedish American Hall

Don't let its name throw you off: Fear of Men is not a feminist punk band. It is, however, one of England's most ear-catching and evocative dream pop outfits, anchored by frontwoman Jess Weiss' lilting alto. Reminiscent of Lush and…