Weekly Wooot -- The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tussle, Foot Village, Hey Champ and more + ticket giveaway

Another stacked week of Bay Area shows. Things get started tonight with epicsauce friends Buxter Hoot'n holding down the early slot at Great American Music Hall and the deservedly hyped Rural Alberta Advantage headlining Bottom of the Hill.

There are a handful of great calls 

Friday night, but we think that the Tussle/Bronze/Flexions warehouse show is the move -- it is an insanely solid bill, so be sure to check the full preview.

We will be heading to the Upset the Rhythm showcase Sunday evening to catch the outstanding Foot Village with local favorites Death Sentance: Panda!, Kit... we suggest you do the same.

And Tuesday is a toss up with Chicago's soon-to-blowup Hey Champ at Cafe Du Nord (w/ Natalie Portman's Shaved head) and the legendary Blonde Redhead holding down the Independent along with the much buzzed Thee Oh Sees.

Both Hey Champ and Blonde Redhead have two shows next week, so the move might be to split the nights -- check the showlist for more details, and check back Monday for a chance to win tickets to Hey Champ's Popscene appearance next Thursday.

Just a taste of another excellent week -- here is the full breakdown.

07.08 (Wed)

Death Sentence: Panda!, Three Day Stubble, Merchants of the New Bizarre @ Hemlock

07.09 (Thu)

The Rural Alberta Advantage, Okay, Half-Handed Cloud @ Bottom of the Hill

San Francisco music blog ipickmynose is hosting an excellent party at Bottom of the Hill with The Rural Alberta Advantage, Okay and Half-Handed Cloud.

Pitchfork and just about everyone else is currently gushing over The Rural Alberta Advantage 2008 release Hometowns. Recently re-released by Saddle Creek, the polished indie-folk leaning album is getting well-deserved comparisons to Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea across the tubes – chances are this one is going to explode.

If you head out, be sure to get their early for Fremont's Okay -- definitely worth a listen.

Buxter Hootn @ Great American Music Hall

Epicsauce friends Buxter Hoot’n will be bringing their Psychedelia infused blend of Americana to the Great American Music Hall Thursday.

While currently entrenched in San Francisco’s more traditional folk and bluegrass scene, tracks like ‘Footsteps’ display clear crossover potential – if given the platform, we could see these guys holding their own in SF’s burgeoning garage and punk influenced folk scene (see: The Dodos, The Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, Two Gallants etc…).

Be sure to get there early -- Buxter Hoot'n open at 8. Montana Slim String Band and Head for the Hills round out the bill.

Old 97s @ Fillmore
Rubies, Little Wings, Windsurf, Safety Scissors @ Rickshaw Stop

07.10 (Fri)

Tussle, Bronze, Flexions @ The Oven

The Oven is hosting a rock solid night with Tussle, Bronze and Flexions.

Epicsauce readers are no doubt familiar with our affinity towards San Francisco’s Tussle. As we previously noted, the trio blends everything we love about Krautrock and early 80s post-punk with the sound of more contemporary DFA-affiliated bands. And while they are able to kill it on the large stage (Hot Chip and Ratatat have both tapped the band for US tours), the warehouse setting is where they truly shine. This one is not to be missed.

We are also amped to catch experimental Krautrockers Bronze -- embarrassed to say the excellent San Francsico mainstay just recently entered our radar. While a bit more gurpy and potentially less accessible than the dance-heavy Tussle, we have a feeling the bulk of you will dig it.

And seriously, be sure to get there early for Seattle’s Flexions. Featuring Devin Welch from the down right amazing Past Lives, the duo plays stripped down dub influenced post-punk that is sure to help you get your sway on.

For show location info, visit The Oven 51

Andy Votel, Mahssa, The Gaslamp Killer, Free the Robots, DJ Centipede, Citizen Ten @ Paradise Lounge

For three years now, Dj Centipede (Mophono) and Citizen Ten have been throwing the consistently solid (and free) Tuesday night "Change the Beat" party at Madrone. To celebrate the anniversary, they are playing host to a series of excellent DJs Friday night at Paradise Lounge.

If you make it out be sure to catch SF-turned-LA favorite The Gaslamp Killer.

Check out Hacksaw Events for more information.

Kode 9, Flying Skulls, The Spaceape @ 103 Harriet

103 Harriet has another solid Dubstep night (last month they hosted genre legends Skream and Benga) Friday with Kode 9, The Spaceape and Flying Skulls.

We caught Kode 9 open for the deservedly hyped Flying Lotus a while back and can confirm that he drops it live – expect a darker, heavier and all around more enjoyable set than the myspace may indicate.

The night also marks the release of San Francisco's Flying Skulls album Take Flight. While their sound is likely a bit more geared towards the Burning Man crowd than the blog kids, the trio's glitchy/electro take on Dubstep is sure to be fun live.

Indian Jewelry, Psychic Ills, Clipd Beaks @ 21 Grand (Oakland)
Ty Segall, Nodzzz, Charlie and The Moonhearts @ Hemlock Tavern
Steve Aoki, Joachim Garraud @ Ruby Skye
Adam Freeland @ Mezzanine

07.11 (Sat)

Hank IV, A-Frames, Climax Golden Twins, Fresh and Onlys @ El Rio
Indian Jewelry, Psychic Ills @ Hemlock Tavern
Oneida, Wooden Shjips, Jonas Reinhardt @ Bottom of the Hill
Andrew Bird, Ra Ra Riot, Death Cab For Cutie @ The Greek Theatre

07.12 (Sun)

Foot Village, Death Sentence: Panda!, Gowns, Lucky Dragons, Kit, Tits, Urxed, Former Ghosts @ The Lab

Since 2003, London’s Upset the Rhythm has been releasing a steady stream of vinyl for stateside acts such as No Age, Future Islands and High Places. On Sunday, Bay Area staple Club Sandwich will be playing host to a slew of acts affiliated with the label/booking agency.

Above all, we are insanely excited to catch headliners Foot Village. A familiar name to fans of LAs institution The Smell, Foot Village sounds like 77 Boadrum/88 Boadrums curated by No Age’s Dean Spunt. While the sound and setup is as stripped down and minimalist as imaginable (two full drum kits, a handful of extra percussive pieces and a megaphone), the raw power and energy of their sound and live performance is hard the match. Expect punks dancing like tribal tatted hippies, and plenty of group chanting.

Foot Village:

And be sure to get there early (show starts at 6) -- the bill is just stacked, with local highlights Death Sentence: Panda!, Kit and a handful of other solid Bay Area and LA acts.

The Lab is at 2948 16th St., San Francisco, CA

07.13 (Mon)

The Datsuns, The Chelsea Smiles, Perfect Machines @ Cafe Du Nord
The Veils, Foreign Born, The Other Girls @ Bottom of the Hill
Wolves In The Throne Room, Mins @ Slims
Tortoise @ Great American Music Hall

07.14 (Tue)

Blonde Redhead, Thee Oh Sees, (day 1 ) @ The Independent

With two dates at The Independent, there is no reason to miss the amazing Blonde Redhead w/ the previously highlighted Thee Oh Sees. If you are not familiar with Blonde Redhead, we envy you -- you got an unusually solid discography to brush up on before next week's shows.

Tickets are a little steep at $25 + TM fees, but remember that you can always save some dough by buying them directly from The Independent box office. Be sure to get tickets soon, as both dates are sure to sell out. Officially sold out :(

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Hey Champ @ Cafe Du Nord

For about a year now we have been tracking Chicago’s electropop trio Hey Champ, patiently awaiting their first West Coast tour. The group will be at Café Du Nord Tuesday supporting the utterly horribly named Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head and headlining Popscene Thursday 7/16. And check this – we have tickets to giveaway for the Popscene appearance, so be sure to check back early next week for details.

With only a handful of remixes and a two song demo of original material under their belt, Hey Champ managed to get signed to Lupe Fiasco’s 1st & 15th a few month back. The move is a testament to just how solid their work so far has been – the two synth heavy released originals, "Cold Dust Girl" and "Face Control" are the type of tracks you will find yourself listening to on repeat. If they release a full album of tracks like these, the trio is sure to explode.

And despite the name, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head is actually well worth a listen. The fun loving electro group is a bit reminiscent of the previously highlighted Datarock, and actually has a few bangers under their belts. Be sure to check out "Me + Ur Daughter."

Down, The Melvins, Weedeater, Danava @ The Grand at the Regency Center

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