Tuesday, April 19, 9 p.m.
It makes sense that Girlpool is playing the Rickshaw Stop when they come through San Francisco this Tuesday. Rickshaw is known for bringing through the biggest unknown musicians and bands which is the precarious position where Girlpool lies. The girl power driven duo will be fresh off the stage of Coachella weekend one and just stopping by the city to play a set for those who couldn’t make the journey to Indio this year. With a self-consciousness that would make the Violent Femmes proud, French Vanilla is a great choice for supporting act with their plucky punk anthems. Try the Pie is opening act for the night. Try not to get their too late because this singer songwriter brings a fresh take to the category of a vocalist and their guitar.
Starline Social Club
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m.
Local fans are already rejoicing that Yesway is playing this set at Starline Social Club on Friday night. It is just one in a string of reunion shows that they are throwing along the California coast. The duo played their last show one year ago and have been missed ever since. They are experimental with folk ambitions, and are clearly products of the Bay Area in the best sort of way. They are joined on this Oakland stop by psych folk singer Mariee Sioux and heavily instrumental group Itasca. It is likely to be a very low-key and heart warming show, especially for anyone who has followed the music of any of these acts for a length of time.
Brick and Mortar
Friday, April 22, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$15 at door
Mission Delirium is a brass band who sure knows how to make a splash everywhere from San Francisco to Rio. Their style encourages booty shaking and dancing in the streets. Needless to say, it’s always a fun time to catch them live whether that be in a venue or out on the town when you least expect it. They are joined at this show by supporting act Sang Matiz, a group ripe with congas, percussion, and guitars all coming together in a funky Afro-Latin type of way. Pasto Seco as the opening act rounds out this fantastic lineup with their cumbia sounds. All three of these acts will inspire you to break a sweat and dance the night away with friends and lovers.
Saturday, April 23, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 at door
Milk Bar in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district boats a great lineup this Saturday evening. They have one of the best stages of any bar in the city and it will be jampacked for this show. Headliners Greater Sirens is a new wave inspired band whose tracks tend to hold whirling, modern echoes of the 80s band who influenced them. The Milk features a classic three man lineup making punk and rock n roll for the contemporary music fan. Before they shred up the stage, though, make sure to catch Brass Animals. Their name actually says it all: this group destroys their instruments and nearly lights a fire with their burning, brass-centric music which mixes in hip-hop influences for extra flavor. YesterYear will be opening up this surprising night of music with a softer take on rock which is dominated by gentle guitars and sweet vocals.
Rachel Milani is an all-around music enthusiast, spending her time at all kinds of shows when she isn’t writing about the best local bands on the scene. After traveling abroad, she has found a home in the Bay Area and spends her time between San Francisco and Oakland soaking in all the fun and funky culture those places have to offer. She’s passionate about poetry, lyrics, sounds, and art, and shares that passion with the world through her writing.
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