It's December again, which means something of a slow down in the world of live music. Tours become more infrequent as bands avoid winter weather, and few albums are being released during a time when most critics are putting the finishing touches on their best-of lists. Likely to appear on more than a few of those lists is King Krule's 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, the debut LP from British songwriter Archy Marshall, a 19-year-old with a distinct voice and a penchant for raw art-pop. Meanwhile, fresh off a great performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Holy Ghost! returns for a two-night stint at The Independent; the super-fun electronic-rock band's New Year's Eve show is understandably sold out.
Locally, we're most excited about seeing Mikal Cronin lead a great lineup of locals at our rock and roll beer festival, The Bay Brewed 2013, at Public Works on December 7. He'll be joined by Shannon and the Clams, Kelley Stoltz, Golden Void, French Cassettes, and Magic Fight, as well as unlimited beer tasting from 13 SF Brewers Guild breweries. While The Bay Brewed has become an annual tradition, a reunion show from The Herms is much less expected, but equally welcome. The band was an early Bay Bridged favorite, and a collection of their demos, Drop Out Vol. 1, was issued earlier this year by Castle Face Records. Another noteworthy local is Adam Widener, playing the Hemlock Tavern this month in support of Vesuvio Nights, which arrived in October on Speakertree Records.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!