So our top recommendation this month isn't terribly surprising, but it's a festival we're extremely excited about. On July 21, 2012, we'll be throwing the second annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival at the Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco. We've got seven great bands lined up -- The Fresh & Onlys, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Gardens & Villa, Dominant Legs, La Sera, Sea of Bees, and Mwahaha -- as well as seven local food trucks, DJs, and a bunch of other festivities. It's an all ages event, with proceeds partially supporting some great Mission-based nonprofits.
Beyond Phono del Sol -- and our annual Fourth of July celebration at El Rio, also not to be missed -- there are a ton of great concerts this month. Locals with new albums are playing several big shows, including Grass Widow, Aesop Rock, and Sonny and the Sunsets. On the touring front, Codeine comes to the Great American for a reunion performance, while the Dirty Projectors bring their latest reinvention to the Fox. As always, take a listen, then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra -- "I'll Come Back 4 U"
The acclaimed Portland band just released this song via Adult Swim's singles series, and will be performing at the Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival on July 21.
Grass Widow -- "Goldilocks Zone"
The SF art-punk trio celebrates their new album, Internal Logic, at the Rickshaw Stop on July 20. Supporting are American Splits, Wax Idols, and The Worlds Longest Guitar Solo With Breaks.
The Intelligence -- "(They Found Me In The Back Of) The Galaxy"
Led by Lars Finberg, also of Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence headlines the Hemlock Tavern on July 27. Personal and the Pizzas and Ggreen also perform.
Sonny and the Sunsets -- "I See The Void"
The SF band celebrates Longtime Companion, a collection of country-influenced songs, at The Independent on July 21. Wet Illustrated, Pink Films, and Cool Ghouls open.
The Fresh & Onlys -- "Do What I Came To Do"
With the eagerly anticipated Long Slow Dance coming in September, The Fresh & Onlys co-headline the Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival in Potrero del Sol Park on July 21.