5 Awesome Shows in the Next 2 Weeks (That Aren’t Yet Sold Out)

02/15/2014

This post is trying something a little different. Mostly I post photos and reviews of shows I went to and had a great time at, but today I wanted to help anyone in SF discover some great acts coming to town that you might not know you will love.

We all know that Broken Bells and Lorde are going to be great – that’s why they sell out in minutes. Below are some great shows coming up soon that you might like (or hate). The best part is that, at least at the time of publishing, they aren’t sold out, so you won’t have to trade one of your kidneys on Craigslist to get in.

If you end up catching any of the shows let us know what you think.

Bag Raiders
February 16th at Audio (Dance Club)
$33.99

The Bag Raiders are a DJ Duo out of Australia who also make some great music of their own. I saw them last year in Golden Gate Park and their mix of synthpop and EDM gets the crowd moving. The price is a little steep and its a Sunday night, but I know some of you have Monday off right?

The Knocks
February 21st at Audio (Dance Club)
FREE with RSVP

These guys showed up on my radar for the awesome song they did with St Lucia called Modern Hearts. When I dug deeper I found out there was a ton of good music coming out of this NY based duo. JPatt and B-Roc make electronic music that is just great to listen to in and out of a club, with a big bass line, rhythm and solid lyrical contributions.

Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys, EDJ
February 26th The Chapel
$19.45

The Americana indie folk songs of The Papercuts and Vetiver make their way on to a few of my more mellow playlists, though I will admit I have never seen them live. I am going to hijack this one a little bit just to talk about how great some of The Donkeys instrumental songs are. I can’t help but tap my feet when I hear one.

Dr. Dog (with Saint Rich, Moses Sumney)
March 1st The Warfield
$35

Dr. Dog is always great live. Sometimes they are as smooth as a 60s soul song then follow it up with some gritty, blues-inspired jams. If you are looking for something a bit more mellow rock than some of my electronic selections, this for you.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with Chad Valley
March 1st at The Filmore
$29

If you like a good mixture of synth, moody lyrics and pop beats this might be for you. And how great is the name?

Bonus the opener is Chad Valley you may also know as Hugo Manuel of Jonquil. Back solo again as Chad Valley he brings an airy electropop sound that will definitely set the stage for a great night.