It's finally starting to get colder in San Francisco, but there is a ton of great shows to force you out of the house and into local music venues this month. We're big indie pop fans around these parts, and Toronto five-piece Alvvays released one of the year's best albums in the genre. The group's self-titled debut LP, out now on Polyvinyl, is jangly, hazy and catchy as hell. Speaking of Polyvinyl, the label also released Deerhoof's latest compelling oddity, La Isla Bonita; how the longtime, formerly local band continues to surprise and excite after all these years remains a wonder.
On the fuzzier side of the pop spectrum, Purling Hiss' latest, Weirdon, frequently feels like a lost '90s classic, all tightly wound and propulsive. Those attributes could also describe Meatbodies; the L.A. band is lead by Chad Ubovich (who also plays with Mikal Cronin and FUZZ), and fans of garage rock will find much to love on the group's self-titled album, which was recorded in S.F. by Eric "King Riff" Bauer.
Several local artists are releasing new albums this month, including Cool Ghouls, whose second LP of garage-psych, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, was recorded live-to-tape by Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets. On the orchestral side of psychedelia, Battlehooch has a new EP called Wink that arrives this month; the band offers reliably energetic live performances, and they're sure not to disappoint at Bottom of the Hill. Meanwhile, local electronic pop wiz Giraffage has a new EP out soon, and is headlining shows around the Bay in a mini-residency that's quickly selling out.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
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