One of the best parts about living in San Francisco is the great access to live music nearly every day of the week, with most shows at a college-budget friendly rate. This fall, I’ll be getting elbows deep in the sounds of some of my favorite bands hopefully alongside my fellow Dons. For all you incoming freshman, behold the fall concert guide that will help you get your toes wet before you dive head first into the Bay Area music scene.
The Oakland Mind
Thursday, Sept. 4th, Neck of the Woods (21 + Up), $5 The Oakland Mind is an up and coming rap artist making a loud impression on the Bay Area. With undertones of hip-hop and funk along with rhythmic lyrics, you’ll find yourself bopping your head not too long after the first notes are played. *For free tickets, tune into USF’s college radio station at KUSF.org and listen in for ticket giveaways!
Friday, Sept. 5th, The Fillmore, $32.50 It’s a new semester of college, which means it’s time to start listening to reggae again! The San Diego based group infuses rock n’ roll elements to their Rastafarian style with sweet guitar riffs and percussion. *For free tickets, tune into USF’s college radio station at KUSF.org and listen in for ticket giveaways!
Friday, Sept. 19th, Berkeley Greek Theatre, $49.50 Those that love synth-pop should be stoked that STRFKR is coming to the Bay Area. While the band is often classified within the electronica genre, their sounds are fairly tame in comparison to other electronic based bands. If you have yet to listen to these guys, I highly recommend their album “Reptilians” as an introduction to their material.
Mon., Oct. 6th, Great American Music Hall, $17.00 The opportunity to see lead singer Jonny Pierce’s beautiful golden bangs in person should be enough of a reason to see The Drums live, but it comes as a bonus that they also happen to sound like the musical lovechild of Joy Division and The Smiths. The indie-pop band that hails from Brooklyn make songs to listen to while walking in the rain or as you’re putting on a pot of tea, so it’s perfect that they’re choosing to perform in the peak of autumn.
Tues. and Wed., Oct. 14th & 15th, Great American Music Hall, $21.00 This American band has an eclectic sound ranging from indie to experimental pop. Popular songs include “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and other Games” and “The Party’s Crashing Us.” If I were to somehow be able to live my life exclusively through movie montages, I imagine that Of Montreal would supply the background music.
Thursday, Oct. 30th, The Regency Ballroom, $25.00 I used to think that good music was solely comprised of songs with good lyrics. Yelle is a French band and I have no idea what they’re singing about whenever I listen to them, and yet I simply can’t stop. With great bass and melodies, Yelle has the potential to bring out the dancer in all of us.