Wow, this year is moving quick. Here is a quick fire gig of the month list for San Francisco! On a side note, how freaking awesome has the weather been these last few weeks… is this really winter???
March 2nd – JMSN + Rochelle Jordan – The Independent ($15+fees)
Future R&B of the highest order from JMSN and Rochelle Jordan. Expect to be swooned and serenaded with some delightfully intimate music in a relatively big venue.
March 3rd – Gavin Turek – Brick + Mortar Music Hall (Free)
Funky electro-pop so good it would actually be criminal not to dance and swing your hips to. Bring your dancing shoes and chant “Pride” at every available opportunity to make sure she remembers to play it!
March 11th – 2:54 / Honeyblood – Rickshaw Stop ($13+fees)
Hard-edged indie from the UK. Back home 2:54 and Honeyblood are worthy of their own shows. To see them both playing the same night at Rickshaw Stop for only $13 (so like £8.50) is a steal. If both these bands keep on their current trajectory this’ll be a night you will be punching yourself in the face for not checking out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’s gonna be epic.
March 13th – Wolf Alice – Rickshaw Stop ($14+fees)
The British invasion continues with Wolf Alice hitting Rickshaw Stop two days after 2:54 and Honeyblood (see above). The Guardian say Wolf Alice have a “brilliant future ahead“. NME think the band will one day spawn a “successful horror franchise“. I think it’ll be a great gig. Expect it to be loud, macabre and a whole lotta fun.
March 15th – Avery Sunshine – Yoshi’s ($23+fees)
I saw Avery Sunshine a few years back at London’s Union Chapel. She was a joy to watch and gave soul cleansing performance. Highly recommended to ease any stress you may have in your life away.
March 15th – Jaguar Wright – Yoshi’s ($20+fees)
…and then if you hang around in Yoshi’s you’ll be treated to more neo-soul by the wonderful Jaguar Wright. Expect smooth beats and candid observations on love and relationships.
March 22nd – Immortal Technique + Talib Kweli – The Fillmore ($27+fees)
Two legends of hip-hop playing together at The Fillmore. Either one on their own would be special in itself. Them both playing together is the thing dreams are made of. Expect polticially concious hip-hop all the way. Come with an open mind because every time I have seen Immortal Technique perform he has taught me something.
March 23rd – Deap Valley + L.A. Witch – The Chapel ($15+fees)
I saw L.A. Witch on their first gig in San Francisco a few weeks ago so it’s an absolute blessing to have them back in town so soon. Female punk of the highest order from them and Deap Valley. Should be a good one.
March 25th – Of Montreal – Great American Music Hall ($21+fees)
Very funky, slightly psychedelic indie music to get those feet shaking to. The Great American Music hall was recently included in an article on the most beautiful music venues in America. Every opportunity to party in what amounts to a piece of art should be seized upon!
March 29th – Soko – Rickshaw Stop ($15+fees)
“I’ll kill her / I’ll kill her / She stole my future, she broke my dreams…” OK, so my confession is that I have not kept up with Soko’s more recent music and that was eight (yes, eight) years ago. However, the few bits I have heard in-between have all been full of dark humour and an acute sense of how to write melodies which last with you through the night and for days beyond. This is probably the one show I am looking forward to the most this month.