If the beginning of January feels a little slim on the live music front, things should ramp back up into the usual overwhelming number of interesting shows by the month's end. Several young local bands recently came onto our radar -- including Churches, Poor Sons, and Primitive Hearts -- and they're all partaking in locals-heavy bills in the next few weeks.
On the coming-into-town front, it seems that, by sheer coincidence, a number of the month's highlights all offer variations on electronic pop. From the most immediate and dance-oriented, like Fujiya and Miyagi, to the more experimental, including High Places and Religious to Damn, synth fans have a lot to get excited about in January. Enjoy this mix of thirteen tunes and then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Deleted Scenes ("Bedbedbedbedbed") is touring behind Young People's Church of the Air, the D.C. band's latest collection of psych-pop. A Lull and Ravenna Woods also perform at the Rickshaw Stop on January 23.
Churches ("Save Me") is a new band that includes Caleb Nichols (of Grand Lake) and Pat Spurgeon (of Rogue Wave). You can see them at a free show at The Uptown on January 6, with Grass Widow, Culture Kids, and Wave Array.
Oakland rock and roll trio Primitive Hearts ("Killin' Time") has some great demos you can download on Bandcamp. The band is playing at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records with SorryEverAfter and Dark Beach on January 19.
Starfucker's ("Bury Us Alive") US tour finds the synth-pop act playing the Bay Area three times in four days: at The New Parish on January 4, the Great American Music Hall on 1/6, and The Independent on January 7.
LA experimental pop duo High Places ("Year Off") will be taking part in a Berkeley Art Museum event inspired by the moon. The night is part of the museum's L@TE series of shows, and takes place on January 27.