Although things get a little quiet around Christmas, December's got plenty of concert highlights. For some, like Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, this month's show marks the end of a long run, while others, like Sic Alps and Millionyoung, already have big releases planned for early 2011.
About the bands:
Austin-by-way-of-Sacramento duo Agent Ribbons ("I'm Alright") released Chateau Crone this year on Antenna Farm Records. They're playing at Bar 355 December 16, the Crescent Hotel December 17, and Amnesia with The Trifles December 21.
Please Stand By is the third album from country-rock band Brent Amaker and the Rodeo ("Pocket Calculator"). The band heads to Bottom of the Hill December 4 for the Terrorbird holiday party, with Maus Haus, Fol Chen and Exray's.
Brilliant Colors ("Never Mine") have released a bunch of 7"s this year. They'll be performing with several other Slumberland Records bands at a birthday party for Mike Slumberland at Amnesia December 3.
Having relocated from the Bay Area to Brooklyn, French Miami ("Older") are back with a brand new EP called Motor Skills. The band is at the Hemlock Tavern December 2 (TONIGHT!) and The Uptown on December 3.
Sic Alps' ("Message From The Law") latest record, Napa Asylum, comes out in January on Drag City. They're at the Rickshaw Stop on December 4 for a benefit show for Big Eagle singer/songwriter Robyn Miller's mother.
Owen Ashworth finishes his run as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone ("Young Shields") with an SF show marking the 13th anniversary of his first live performance. On Sunday December 5, he'll play at Bottom of the Hill with The Donkeys and The Ian Fays supporting.
SF's The Actors ("First Date") were part of an all-local bill at the Rickshaw Stop December 1. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry I wasn't fast enought to get this podcast up in time!) They were joined by Phantom Kicks and Sunbeam Rd.