Weekly Wooot -- Tussle, Girls, Men, Pterodactyl, Casy & Brian and more.

pterodactyl_0.jpgAnother week of difficult choices...

Our vote tonight is for Hey Champ at Popscene, and we have tickets to give away -- act fast! (contest over) Real excited for these guys... hoping the demo does not prove to be a Medellín.

Plenty of other solid options tonight, with Thee Oh Sees/Meth Teeth/Ty Segall/The Fresh and Only being the move for the non-electro inclined, and A-trak holding down The Independent.

Friday is a heartbreaker with Men/Tussle at Bottom of the Hill, Pterodactyl at Hemlock and Casy and Brian at Kimo's. Might have to roll the three-sided die (meta) on this one... Honestly, can't go wrong with any of these -- check out the full previews, and decide for yourself.

Mission Creek Music Festival is hosting a promising no cover show at what we hope is now corpse-free McLaren Park Saturday, and Bottom of the Hill has the proggy punk Triclops! on Sunday.

And Tuesday is a big one with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Girls at Rickshaw Stop. Bad news though -- shit is sold out! Who wants to hook us up?

...and a note for the geeks out there -- we are all about Twitter these days, so follow us.

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


07.15 (Wed)

Lazer Sword, Savoy, Dj Dials @ Elbo Room

We know we keep hyping these guys, but trust us -- it's the shit. This is a rare chance to catch them in a non-club setting, and the last scheduled SF date before they hit the hippie festival circuit (Emergnsee, Wanderlust, Symbioisis), so be sure to catch it if you can.

Boulder bros Savoy open, and are well worth a listen.

Blonde Redhead, Thee Oh Sees ( day 2 ) @ The Independent

If you did not make last night's show, be sure to hop on the just released tickets for tonight -- these will disappear soon, so act fast!

Never Knows Best, So Many Dynamos, Cast Spells @ Hemlock Tavern


07.16 (Thu)

Pterodactyl @ Hecos (Oakland)

No reason for the Oakland heads to miss this one -- catch our full preview for the SF date (we are SF-centric like that).

Hecos is at 705 Peralta Street

Hey Champ @ 330 Ritch

As we previously mentioned, we are insanely stoked to finally catch Chicago's Hey Champ, and think you should be to. And check this -- our friends at Popscene have hooked us up with a few pairs of tickets to their party at 330 Ritch this Thursday.

Give the excellent electropop trio a listen, and enter to win tickets!

Thee Oh Sees, Meth Teeth, Ty Segall, The Fresh and Onlys @ Eagle Tavern

As we previously noted, the garage and folk hybrid Thee Oh Sees are well worth a listen. We expect they converted a lot of fans during their two day stint with Blonde Redhead this week -- in our opinion, the live show outdoes the album.

With Meth Teeth, Ty Segall and The Fresh & Onlys rounding out the bill, this is definitely the Thursday move for the non-electro inclined.

That Ghost, No one and the Nobodies, The Dry Spells @ Rickshaw Stop
Azure Ray, Tim Kasher @ Great American Music Hall
A-Trak, Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London, Trackademicks @ The Independent


07.17 (Fri)

Pterodactyl, Gowns, Bridez @ Hemlock

We first caught Oberlin-turned-Brooklyn based Pterodactyl with Cleveland's overlooked gem This Moment in Black History last year, and were blown away by their psych and noise infused blend of indie.

While the genre itself is not entirely groundbreaking, there was something hypnotic about the performance -- the group as a whole appeared in a near trance state throughout the show, entirely engulfed by the music they were producing. With a sound that is at times as ferocious and big as the insanely epic Lightning Bolt, the heartfelt sincerity of the trio came as a refreshing surprise.

We expect big things from these guys as they continue to develop their sound and highly recommend this show.

Casy and Brian, Unicorn Basement, Kitten Forever, El Nino @ Kimos

Kimo's is hosting the excellent Casy & Brian (previous coverage: here, here, and here) Friday -- we finally caught the duo a couple weeks back, and were impressed by the raw energy of their performance. Expect a party.

Unicorn Basement and the ladies in Kitten Forever open.

Men (ex-Le Tigre), Tussle, Young Lovers @ Bottom of the Hill

Featuring two-thirds of the dormant Le Tigre, Men makes dance-heavy electropop in a similar vein to Le Tigre inspired acts CSS and New Young Pony Club.

While there has yet to be a proper release, the demos that are floating around are jaw-droppingly catchy – we have had Credit Card Babie$ and Make it Reverse on repeat for a few weeks now. Will be curious to see how the politically leaning band responds to requests from Scion. Yet to see reports on how the act translates live, but have high hopes.

And while we cannot hype epicsauce favorites Tussle more than we already have (previous coverage here and here), we are stoked to catch them on this dance-friendly bill. Again, this band is not to be missed.

The Young Lovers open.

Flipper, Toiling Midgets, Savage Republic @ Cafe Du Nord
Jhn Rdn, hawnay troof, Club LyfeStile @ Rickshaw Stop


07.18 (Sat)

Three Mile Pilot, Optiganally Yours @ Bottom of the Hill
Mika Miko, audacity, Street Eaters, Boats! @ Gilman
Bonobo @ Mighty


07.19 (Sun)

Judgement Day, Triclops!, The Definite Articles @ Bottom of the Hill

As we touched on a few weeks back, the proggy punk/stoner rock sound of SF's Triclops! has made them all the rage with Jello Biafra and the geek crowd. The accolades have helped them land on a number of insane bills over the years, so it comes as a bit of surprise to see them in the non-headlining slot at Bottom of the Hill.

In our opinion, the quartet is at their best when they dip into (gasp) Mars Volta territory, but their punk roots help them deliver the sound in a refreshingly unpretentious manner. The band is definitively Bay Area, and well worth a listen.

Oakland's self-proclaimed "string metal" trio Judgement Day headline the night... dudes no doubt shred and are said to be wildly entertaining live, but the whole thing may be a bit too Berklee for our liking. Check out a full profile of the band at The Bay Bridged, and decide for yourself.

Toadies, Willowz @ Slims
Trespassers William, The Theater Fire, Robert Gomez @ Hemlock Tavern


07.21 (Tue)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Girls @ Rickshaw Stop

Love them or hate them, you will be seeing Brooklyn's The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on endless 2009 best of lists come December. The band has drawn several comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain / flame wars about how the comparison is wholly unfounded. Perhaps due to an admitted lack of real shoegaze/dreampop vocabulary, we side with the "they sound like The Jesus and Mary Chain" camp... could we say a poppy MBV?

The show is also your last chance to catch San Francisco's deservedly buzzed Girls before they embark on their mega summer/fall tour. While somewhat at home in San Francisco's garage and indie infused folk scene, on first listen you would guess this band is part of the Brooklyn scene that is slowly taking them on as their own. As one blog recently summarized

"In a lot of ways Girls are the ultimate San Francisco band: the laid-back vibe, the folky jammy-ness that has always been present there, as well as the neo-psych scene that has popped up over the last ten years. But it's totally different than the garage scene of Thee Oh Sees or Ty Segall...Girls are working on a whole other plain of dreamy, hazy beauty and noise. (Sound Bites via Brooklyn Vegan)

Their album drops in late September, and they are more or less guaranteed to blow up shortly thereafter... in the meantime, check out some tracks courtesy of our friends at Unpiano.

Edit: Shit... sold out.

Doomtree @ Elbo Room

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