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All Tomorrow's Parties - The Most Important Shows Around The Bay: Nov. 10-16, 2015

by Rachel Milani

Cold Beat, Never Young, Toner

elbo room sfoElbo Room
Wednesday November 11, 9pm
Free Show!

Elbo Room is hosting a free show sponsored by the artists behind Commune, an anti-tobacco company organization that brings together designers and musicians to support their cause. Headliner Cold Beat is an upbeat rock outfit that just released a new LP last month. Their lo-fi jams are the perfect midweek San Francisco show to hit up if you’re in the mood for some dancing. They will be supported by Never Young, another Bay band, who was formed by Glass Widow’s Hannah Lew. They pack more of a punch with their post-punk style overlaid with Lew’s melodically sweet vocals. Toner lies in the same San Francisco rock vein but with slower guitar riffs and sort of enjoyably bummer lyrics.


Elliot Racine, Tommy P, Devin Lane

lost church sfoThe Lost Church
Wednesday November 11, 7:30pm
$10-$15, tickets available here

If you’re looking for a night of quality music in an intimate setting then this is the show for you.

Berklee College of music graduate Elliot Racine is performing his avant garde music at this multimedia art production space. He’s primarily a bassist but that doesn’t even begin to describe the diversity this musician incorporates into his music. From evocations of classic American styles of blues and funk to tracks ornately decorated with world music influences, his dynamic performance at this space tucked away in the Mission is sure to be a wild experience. He is joined by Tommy P who makes wistful folk that will make you want to turn the lights down low and listen close to the stories he tells. Professionally trained guitarist and singer songwriter Devin Lane will be playing a set of his acoustic songs at the start of the night.

Elliot Racine
"Out In The Field"
Too Fascinatingly Human
(No label)


The Bad Jones (“Unplugged”), Ziva, on dolphin

hotel utah sfoHotel Utah
Friday November 13, 8pm
$10, tickets available here

The Bad Jones usually plays rock n roll that is clearly heavily influenced by the classic bands of yesteryear, think Zeppelin meets The Meters. However, on this special night they will be doing a special acoustic set for the first time ever. Though that means it’s hard to know exactly what the audience can expect, their set will likely focus on slowing it down and letting vocalist Tommy Odetta’s soulful with a tang voice and melodies shine through. Ziva is a jazzy treat from the San Francisco based solo musician Ziva Hadar whose warm, textured vocals elevate her music to the next level. This night will also bring the debut show from on dolphin who just formed this year. They’re not sharing any music with the internet yet so this one is a bit of a gamble but it does have alt folk artist Melissa Lyn as part of the group which could be some indication of their direction.


Oceanography, The Saucy Jacks, The Vainest Knives

legionnaireLegionnaire Saloon
Saturday November 14, 8pm
$7 at the door

Oceanography is a heartfelt component of the various types of rock n roll coming out of the Bay these days. Their self-described garage rock passion merges with something deeper, resulting in an intensity and energy greater than your average lo-fi sweethearts. But first up, Oakland’s The Saucy Jacks are putting on their set to celebrate the release of a new record. They make the kind of rock filled with pop punky guitar riffs that’s reminiscent of teenage summers of long ago, resulting in a bittersweet mood of love and nostalgia. The vocals of R.W. Brown, II, who is the frontman for The Vainest Knives may remind you of your favorite 80s post-punk legend. He makes a driving electro pop with a statement.


Rachel MilaniAfter graduating with a literary degree, Rachel Milani traveled the world to realize her true passion is music. Now residing in the Bay Area, she spends her time seeking out the best that the Oakland/San Francisco music scene has to offer. 

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