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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Six Best Concerts in the Bay Area This Week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

A Place to Bury Strangers perform tonight at the Independent
  • A Place to Bury Strangers perform tonight at the Independent

6. A Place to Bury Strangers @ the Independent, Wednesday, Nov. 7

In a city overflowing with notable musicians, earning the informal title of "Loudest Band in New York" is no small potatoes. But that's what Brooklyn outfit A Place to Bury Strangers is often called, and it's an honorific the trio has seized with pride, as demonstrated by the members peddling band-themed earplugs at their shows. Led by the morose, peculiarly charismatic Oliver Ackermann, APTBS stuffs its 1980s-indebted shoegaze/post-punk with enough stormy buildups, juicy hooks, and violent energy to make speaker stacks uncomfortable. Volume aside, there's oodles of substance to this act's output. In 2012, it released both a cracking EP (Onwards to the Wall) and a crackling third full-length (Worship) -- two signs that these gents are riding a career high. -- Reyan Ali

5. Sónar on Tour @ Fox Oakland, Friday, Nov. 9

Barcelona's cutting-edge, 18-year-old Sónar music festival spans multiple days, venues, and styles of electronic music. The traveling version, which comes to eight North American cities this year, furthers the goal of presenting a strong alternative to the teenage EDM parties that are currently grabbing headlines. South Africa's Die Antwoord borrows and hocks a loogie on rap and rave clichés and conventions, making it an apt choice to headline. Detroit-reared minimalist Seth Troxler and Toronto techno-soul quartet Azari & III help to slam home the point that it's not all about dubstep. -- Tamara Palmer

See also: Seth Troxler's Five Favorite Tracks For Energizing a Dancefloor

4. Rupa and the April Fishes @ Great American Music Hall, Friday, Nov. 9

Rupa and the April Fishes is one of those Bay Area groups that's been around for years, and never quite gotten its due. But that may be about to change: Build, the newest album by working physician Rupa Marya and her band, shows off global influences in some of their most appealing songs yet. Even though it's mostly sung in English -- a first for this crew -- we still get lots of international flavor: there's the French reggae of "Sur La Route," hints of Spanish on "No Olvidado," and a two-tone cover of the Clash's "Guns of Brixton" -- with switched-up lyrics that mention Oscar Grant. Celebrating the working classes the world over, Build is just the kind of conscientious statement you'd expect to come out of the Bay Area. -- Ian S. Port

3. Japandroids @ The Fillmore, Monday, Nov. 12

How much noise can two people make? Don't answer until you've seen Japandroids, a Vancouver rock duo whose joyous, room-filling fury seems far too large to come from simply a guitar and drums. And it's not mere racket: There's a case to be made for the June-released Celebration Rock as guitar-band record of the year, so well does it distill the energy of raging tempos, blaring six-strings, and howling, party-filled nights into seven original songs. (Plus one great cover of the Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy.") Shout-along anthems like "Fire's Highway" and "Adrenaline Nightshift" were made to fill big rooms, so come looking for a sweaty good time -- and bring your earplugs. -- Ian S. Port

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