October, you've outdone yourself this time! Any month that offers a free weekend of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park and two days of great bands at the Treasure Island Music Festival is bound to be good. What's most surprising about this month's quality concert offerings, though, is how varied and plentiful they are beyond the festivals. Seriously, a lengthy list of Bay Bridged favorites -- like King Tuff, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ex Hex, and White Fence -- were omitted from this mix not because they're not worth seeing, but because there are plenty of new bands equally deserving of the spotlight.
This month affords particularly noteworthy opportunities to see several great acts from overseas. Australia's Ausmuteants are embarking on their first U.S. tour, and the band's resume should indicate the caliber of garage punk at work here: Order of Operation was recorded by Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring), and it's being released on Goner Records. Meanwhile, Allo Darlin' is poised to release We Come From The Same Place next week via Slumberland, and everything we've heard so far indicates it's more top-notch indie pop from this stellar London-based band.
There are also a number of exciting new developments closer to home. Happy Diving released a stellar noisy-pop EP earlier this year. "Sad Planet," from the group's forthcoming debut LP, sounds just as noisy and just as catchy, both of which are very good things. Oakland's Mall Walk recorded their first EP with Monte Vallier soon after the band formed, but "Teen Missing" feels like the sort of rich, textured work of a much older band. All of the other local songs here -- from Oakland bands St. Tropez and Everyone is Dirty and SF's Cash for Gold -- are also from recent or upcoming releases.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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