This month The Besnard Lakes' heavy shoegaze is sure to create a "roaring night," SF Popfest showcases all things indie pop and beyond, and Fool's Gold offer up a truly global rock sound to celebrate Shavuot.
We're now quickly approaching a point where the number of bands described with reference to The Beach Boys will eclipse the number of bands prefaced otherwise. And while there's a strongly Wilsonian feel to Jace Lasek's falsetto on The Besnard Lakes' latest record, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, the hints of California pop are consumed by a truly massive sense of space, precisely defined and filled with sounds informed by prog rock, shoegaze and psych. The album was developed in the studio by Lasek and wife Olga Goreas, the core of the Montreal band since its inception, and the obsessive sonic construction amplifies the intensity of big songs like the magnetic single, "Albatross." How will such a massive record translate live? Find out at The Independent May 10.
Additional great shows taking place in SF within the next thirty days:
May 23: Emily Jane White celebrates the release of Victorian America, her second album of haunting gothic folk, at Cafe Du Nord, with fellow locals Slow Motion Cowboys and Devotionals. White's new record was recently reviewed on KQED Arts.
May 14: Starf***er is once again Starf***er, after flirting with a few more radio-friendly monikers, and they're at the Rickshaw Stop on May 14. The electro-prog-pop band has been working on a long-awaited full length for some time now, following last year's new songs/leftovers record, Jupiter.
Ben Van Houten is the Programming Director at The Bay Bridged.