Weekly Wooot -- No Joy


Packed week of shows with the previously profiled Maus Haus at 111 Minna Wednesday, local kraut trio Bronze at Public Works Thursday and synth-heavy rock veterans Trans Am at Rickshaw Stop Saturday.

Our featured act this week is No Joy, who play Hemlock Wednesday night. The Los Angeles and Montreal-based act first made waves earlier this year when Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino dubbed them "the best band ever," launching a flurry of blog love for the noisy duo. And while we cannot yet confirm whether No Joy's live show will spawn similar hyperboles from us, their recently released Mexican Summer 7" certainly has us excited -- like just about every other release on the label this year (see: Tamaryn, Weekend, Young Prisms), the record represents the best of the recent shoegaze revival. With Vivian Girl's side-project La Sera and locals Wax Idols rounding out the bill we would not be surprised to see this midweek show hit capacity -- be sure to arrive early.

Plenty of other shows to choose form this week including dancey duo Tres Lingere at Madrone Wednesday, the red hot Pusswhip Gangbang at Regency Ballroom Friday and the previously mentioned Young Prisms at The Independent Saturday.


Weekly Wooot -- Deerhunter


A massive week of shows with the previously profiled Lumerians at Cafe Du Nord tonight, Portland-based disco revivalist Jeffrey Jerusalem at Milk Thursday and the previously profiled Mi Ami at Bay Area 51 Saturday.

Our featured act this week is Atlanta's Deerhunter, who are in town for a string of shows this weekend with blog darlings Real Estate. A consistent critics' favorite, the self-described “ambient punk” quartet further solidified their reputation as one of indie-pop's most challenging and unpredictable acts this year with the release of their fourth full length, Halcyon Digest. Jumping from shoegaze to kraut to garage to pure pop and back over the course of eleven tracks, the deservedly hyped LP will undoubtedly top countless best of lists come December. While the band's Friday night show at Great American Music Hall has sadly sold out, there are still tickets to be had to their appearance at Slim's Saturday -- we suggest snagging these while you still can.

Plenty of other show to choose from this week including the previously profiled Grass Widow at Thee Parkside Friday, indie veterans Built to Spill at The Fillmore Friday and Saturday and Oakland's oh-so-enigmatic Nobunny at Thee Parkside Sunday.


Weekly Wooot -- Treasure Island Festival


A plethora of solid shows to choose from this week including epicsauce.com presents alum Baths at Bottom of the Hill tonight, San Francisco favorite Girls at Fillmore Friday and the previously profiled Cults at the Fillmore Saturday.

This week, however, all eyes are on the Treasure Island Festival. Now in its fourth installment, this year's blowout features previously profiled acts Holy Fuck, Maus Haus, Surfer Blood and Wallpaper alongside heavyweights LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Miike Snow and much, much more. And while the $120 two-day pass is a bit of a hit to the wallet, you will be hard-pressed to find this kind of talent again under one metaphorical roof anytime soon. This is easily our favorite local festival, and we strongly encourage you to make the rare trek (halfway) across the Bay Bridge.

Several other show options this week including Magic Bullets at Rickshaw Stop Thursday, the previously profiled Clipd Beaks with Austin's Indian Jewelry at Hemlock Friday and Hot Chip at the Warfield Sunday. And for those of you looking for a psilocybin-friendly alternate to Treasure Island, Thee Parkside is hosting the third installment of the psych-heavy Frisco Freakout Saturday -- with Young Prisms, Sic Alps, Wooden Shjips and more on the bill, we certainly wouldn't blame you for opting to stay in this SF.


Weekly Wooot -- Sunset


Yet another packed week of shows with the previously profiled Caribou at Regency Ballroom Tuesday, the previously profiled Glass Candy at Rickshaw Stop Thursday and droney psych act Moon Duo at Amnesia Sunday.

Our featured act this week, however, is epicsauce presents alum Sunset. Featuring Austin's prolific Bill Baird and a rotating cast of musicians, Sunset makes haunting lo-fi pop inline with the singer-songwriter tradition. While the band caught our attention with their shocking four full-lengths in less than three years, it is their most recent release Loveshines But The Moon Is Shining Too and accompanying single "Loveshines II" that are poised to really put them on the map -- this is a downright beautiful album, well worth the meager $5 the band is requesting per download. Sunset plays The Rumble at Cafe Du Nord Wednesday night alongside fellow Austin natives White White Lights and Dana Falconberry. The show is free with RSVP.

Plenty of other show options this week including indie elite Guided By Voices at The Warfield Tuesday, The Fresh & Onlys' frontman Tim Cohen at Makeout Room Wednesday and kraut-inspired locals Rangers at Hemlock Sunday.


Weekly Wooot -- Lumerians


An absolutely stacked week of shows with recent San Francisco transplant Electric Sunset at Milk Wednesday, the previously profiled Neon Indian at Mezzanine Thursday, San Diego-based garage rock quartet The Soft Pack The Depot Friday and local favorite Boyz IV Men at El Rio Sunday.

Our featured act this week is Lumerians, who play Rickshaw Stop Friday with White Hills and the Henry Miller Memorial Library Sunday with Sweden's Dungen. Arguably one of the most overlooked acts in the city, Lumerians jam out hypnotic epics that borrow equally from the world of kraut, psych and garage. If you have yet to catch the quartet in action, there is no better starting point than their 2009 appearance on the short-lived Dance Party Revival -- while they sadly do not don the masks and caps live, their live aesthetic is as trance-educing as the video suggests. After a two-plus year gap between recordings, Lumerians are finally set to release their debut full-length on Knitting Factory Records this coming winter -- we expect big things from the band in 2011.

Plenty of other show options this week including blog favorite Twin Shadow at Bimbo's Friday, the previously profiled Mi Ami at Li-Pop lounge Friday, witchy NYC duo Blissed Out at Milk Sunday and the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival all weekend long -- as always, be sure to consult the full showlist.


Weekly Wooot -- Flying Lotus


Plenty of shows to choose from this week with indie favorites Local Natives at the Fillmore Wednesday, local electronic trio Pixel Memory at Milk Thursday and the unstoppable Party Effects crew at Public Works Sunday.

Our featured act this week is Flying Lotus, who plays Mezzanine Friday night. The driving force behind Los Angeles' burgeoning beat scene, Flying Lotus's impact on hip hop and electronic music over the past few years can hardly be overstated. The 26-year-old's groundbreaking 2008 insta-classic Los Angeles, -- a dense yet seamless mashup of hip-hop, jazz, dubstep, IDM and glitch -- set the bar for bedroom producers across the musical spectrum, and his recent genre-bending full length Cosmogramma has only furthered the calls to crown him the next DJ Shadow. Yet unlike so many studio nerds, Flying Lotus manages to deliver live -- his jaw dropping set at this year's Coachella was easily one the most buzzed about performances of the weekend and his Spring tour with Thom Yorke managed to impress even the most ardent indie geek. This one is not to be missed.

Several other show options this week including rootsy local quartet Blackstone Heist at 111 Minna Thursday, debstep-inspired experimental electronic duo Mount Kimbie at Public Works Saturday and Vegas and SF-based dance act Afghan Raiders at Mezzanine Saturday.


Weekly Wooot -- Tamaryn


A packed week of shows with Suckers at Great American Music Hall Tuesday, psych-rock quartet Sunbeam Rd. at Milk Thursday and drum-heavy trio Religious Girls at Thee Parkside Saturday.

Our featured act this week is Tamaryn, who plays Elbo Room Wednesday with the previously profiled and all around awesome Weekend. Straddling the line between shoegaze, coldwave and dreampop, the San Francisco-based duo's debut LP The Wave might just be the most exciting local release of the year. Packed with nine beautifully crafted tracks, the album's methodical production and clear focus on melody offers a refreshing break from the current wave of buzz bands who share in Tamaryn's love of reverb but lack the band's ability to balance the noise with traditional pop sensibilities. We have little doubt that this one will find its way onto endless best of lists by years end, and that Tamaryn will graduate to the cities larger venues in the months to come -- be sure to catch the band in an intimate setting while you still can.

Several other show options this week including the previously profiled Ty Segall at Rickshaw Stop Wednesday, San Francisco dance favorites Boyz IV Men and Loose Shus at Rickshaw Stop Thursday and ambient electronic act Pantha Du Prince at the Independent Saturday.