FALL ARTS: MUSIC From Rock the Bells to Kate Nash, a sonic smorgasbord of can't-miss upcoming concerts
FALL ARTS There are so many things competing for your precious time: long lines for pricey gourmet coffee, civic responsibilities and volunteer work, actual work, glazed fake cronuts or whatever the kids are into these days. Make live music a priority as well — your days will float by on a pink cloud of fuzzy, hangover-fueled memories.
As we're lucky enough to live in a region stuffed with musicians and venues that take in touring acts, the options for every week are damn near endless. Here are some shows to take note of this season, one for (nearly) every day of the upcoming months. (Note that dates and locations are subject to change, so always check the venue site.)
Plug them in to your Google Calendar. Better yet, stick this list to your wall with chewed-up bubblegum. Either way, impress your friends with superior show knowledge:
Aug. 30 [UPDATE: postponed due to illness] Icona Pop: As silly as it's always been, bubbly Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop is in the running for the arbitrary media-hyped "song of the summer" (or as Slate puts it, the yearly "Summer Song–Industrial Complex") thanks to party track, "I Love It," featuring fellow up-and-comer Charli XCX. And, get this, the album from which "Love It" springs, This Is... (Record Company Ten/Big Beat Records), isn't even out until Sept. 24. Squeeze out the last bits of this very poppy season and hold out for the recorded versions by taking in this live set. Fillmore, SF. www.thefillmore.com
Aug. 31 [Here's another to make up for that cancellation above] Rin Tin Tiger, French Cassettes Great American Music Hall, SF. www.slimspresents.com
Aug. 31 Sonny and the Sunsets, Shannon and the Clams Chapel, SF. www.thechapelsf.com
Sept. 2 Ty Segall Great American Music Hall, SF. www.slimspresents.com
Sept. 3 Superchunk and Mikal Cronin Fillmore, SF. www.thefillmore.com
Sept. 4 Zomby (live) Public Works, SF. www.publicsf.com.
Sept. 5-6 "UnderCover Presents Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited:" For this event, the UnderCover Presents collective dives deep into the introspective, folk-rock world of Bob Dylan's '65 gem (which gave us "Like a Rolling Stone") with covers by Carletta Sue Kay, Quinn DeVeaux, Whiskerman, Beth Lisick, and guest music director Karina Denike, among others. Freight & Salvage. www.thefreight.org. Also Sept. 8, Contemporary Jewish Museum. www.cjm.org.
Sept. 6 Mission Creek Oakland: The month-long fall music and arts festival packs a punch with dozens of local bands playing 15 East Bay venues, including the Uptown, the Stork Club, and Children's Fairyland (!). It kicks off with a free opening party tonight at the Uptown with Naytronix, Clipd Beaks, YNGBMS, and Safeword. Various venues, Oakl. www.mcofest.org.
Sept. 7 Push the Feeling with Exray's Underground SF, www.undergroundsf.com