mark your calendars

I have a lot of friends who think that they like live music -- and I'm sure that they do in their own little way -- but it's pretty hard to get them to actually leave their couches.

Years back, I used to post my upcoming schedule of shows that were on my radar. It didn't seem to help, because I ended up going to almost all of those shows by myself anyway. It was kind of a hassle to compile the list and didn't seem to be doing me any good, so I stopped.

(A conversation I used to have a lot: Them: "My new favorite band is coming to town next month but it's already sold out." Me: "Yeah, I saw them two years ago, they were great." Them: "Why didn't you tell me!" Me: "I did tell you. You hadn't heard of them. BTW, they were on one of my mixtapes.")

Then Facebook showed up, and I tried sending FB event invites to my friends for the shows I was planning to go to. That didn't work either -- literally zero results -- and probably just caused them to block me, since I was interfering with their important cat-pictures and hair-washing time.

But lately I've had a few of my friends say "But but but I totally would have gone if I'd known about it". I've heard that story before, but it's been a couple of years, so I guess I'll try again!

Here, then, are some shows worthy of consideration in the next few weeks:

Wed, Sep 19:   Ringo Deathstarr, Permanent Collection, Chasms @ Milk Bar
Wed, Sep 19:   Breton @ Brick and Mortar
Thu, Sep 20:   Azure Ray @ Swedish American Hall
Thu, Sep 20:   Mansfield Aviator, Astral, The Basements @ Bottom of the Hill
Fri, Sep 21:   Holograms, Maus Haus, Group Rhoda @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat, Sep 22:   Superhero Street Fair
Sun, Sep 23:   The Limousines, Little Boots, Ladyhawke @ Folsom Street Fair
Wed, Sep 26:   Dragonette @ Mezzanine
Mon, Oct 01:   Garbage @ Warfield
Mon, Oct 01:   Blood Red Shoes, Happy Fangs, Starskate @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu, Oct 04:   Niki and the Dove @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu, Oct 11:   Tricycle Records show @ Public Works
Thu, Oct 11:   Trapeze @ Monarch
Thu, Oct 11:   2:54 @ Brick and Mortar
Fri, Oct 12:   Mortified @ DNA Lounge
Fri, Oct 12:   Tomorrow's World, Housse de Racket, Citizens! @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri, Oct 12:   Das Racist @ DNA Lounge
Sat, Oct 13:   Presets, Public Enemy, Grimes, K.Flay @ Treasure Island
Sun, Oct 14:   XX, M83, Best Coast, Los Campesinos! @ Treasure Island
Sat, Oct 20:   Stars @ Fillmore
Mon, Oct 22:   Ultraista @ Independent
Mon, Oct 22:   Crystal Castles @ Fox Theatre
Wed, Oct 24:   Rasputina @ Great American Music Hall
Fri, Oct 26:   Ume @ Independent
Sat, Oct 27:   Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ Fillmore
Wed, Oct 31:   All Hallow's Eve @ DNA Lounge

If you know of other shows you think I might enjoy, please let me know!

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18 Responses:

  1. Brian B says:

    I appreciate this because I'll be in SF this weekend -- on business, but I'll see if I can slip away. Thanks.

  2. Chad says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that Niki and the Dove sound like Kate Bush 2.0? Not that that's bad...

  3. Is there still no online tool that would make this list easy to maintain and share? :(

    • jwz says:

      If by that you mean a dozen incompatible tools and five hundred incompatible web sites... Then yes?

  4. Vincent says:

    You're making this selling beer thing seem way more interesting than sitting at a desk wondering why shit won't compile.

  5. skreidle says:

    My problem (and it really is my problem, not anyone else's) is that if I've never heard of a band, I'm not interested in paying to see them play -- so I skim a list like this, see three bands I recognize (and, coincidentally, like and would be interested in seeing), and there it stops. (Were I in the SF area, I'd make an effort to see one or more of them.) Can't be bothered to look into samples of the rest of them to see if they're a show I'd want to see -- and I'm aware that that's a failing on my part, because there are tens of thousands of bands out there that I'm sure are great, that I'll likely never see for that reason -- unless a friend happens to vouch for them.

    • jwz says:

      Yes, you are right -- "I have chosen to be an old person who is not interested in new things" is a problem that many, many people have.

      • skreidle says:

        It's not even that I'm not interested in new things -- but that I don't have the time or money to risk an evening/gas/drive/parking/ticket fees on a risky gamble. Now, if so much as one person whose opinion I respect tells me, "Hey, you should check out this band when they're in town, I think you'll like them!", then I'm absolutely game.

        • Owen says:

          Your claim that you are interested in new things is unconvincing. Lots of people get old and boring, don't sweat it.

      • Nick Lamb says:

        This is why the old mix tapes were great (not that the new mixtapes are terrible, thanks for leading me to 99injections among other things). I do not want to be that old codger shaking his stick at all the insufferable young people. I want to buy new music, that I haven't heard before, and not spend the whole rest of my life listening to the things I liked when I was a teenager.

        Personally I'm not much for live music, (though thanks to you I saw Amon Tobin's ISAM and had a fucking great time) so these sorts of lists aren't for me, but I appreciate the effort you put into making this stuff happen. Somebody's got to tell people about great music, or it'll go unheard.

  6. Diffeomorph says:

    If I lived anywhere near you I'd be all over this shit. At least I've got the mixtapes.

  7. Rebecca Coseboom says:

    Erica Unwoman Mulkey 9/19 at The Uptown

  8. Jason Heilig says:

    Ume is awesome. I'm wondering if the show will be busier after their recent spot on Anthony Bourdain's Austin episode.

    • Eric says:

      Thanks! You should also try to check out Ringo Deathstarr. Those guys are good friends of ours and bring some seriously swirling guitars.

      @jwz, hit me up on twitter if you were interested in a guest list spot. I wanted to hang out last time we were in SF, but our van was having none of it. Hopefully this time around our van will be having a better trip and I will actually get a little sleep. We play early!

      Also, we're doing a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for our new record. We've almost met our goal, but we tried to be conservative in what we were asking for. The actual cost is going to be about 3x that much!

      Thanks for spreading the word!

      • jwz says:

        Yup, I saw Ringo Deathstarr last night, and they were great! I've seen them a few times.I'm definitely gonna try to make it to your show, but that's Halloween weekend, which is kind of a big deal around these parts, so I may have other obligations... Not sure yet. If you haven't played at the Independent before, you're gonna like it. The sound there is always very good.

  9. phuzz says:

    I usually buy two tickets for any gigs I'm interested in, and I can usually find someone who's willing to go see a random band with me (I have a good bunch of mates like that).
    Mind you, a few times I've ended up going to things on my own, and you know what, that's fine. But it is nice to have a gig buddy to be snarky with while you're waiting for the band to come on, "have you seen that guy's mullet?", "I wonder what she's on, so I can make sure I never take it myself", "I do love this guy's mohawk, except for the bit where he keeps hitting me in the face with it"
    Plus, as I usually buy ticket ages in advance, and I then sell the other to my friend at face value, which usually covers all my beers for the evening.

  10. Are you inviting us to a show? With you?

    Because I'd love to see Niki and the Dove. I don't have a damn clue who they are!

  11. Definitely going to go see Dragonette on Wednesday, and Light Asylum, no matter how amateurish. Saw you at Milk Bar, but didn’t say hi.