Friday, September 16, 2016

Oh so many shows in Rocktober!

Summer is the time of the year when bands jump on the Music Festival bandwagon and I don't blame them: it's an easy meal ticket (so to say), it's great exposure and awesome chance to expand their fan base (for example I discovered and ultimately fell in love with The Dead Weather at Outside Lands in 2009). Being surrounded by other bands and music biz peers has to be fun experience for them, too! And, depending on the festival, the band's show day and when they roll-in, bands and crew might be looking at treasured, per diem off day (AKA a day off)! Festivals can also be great platforms for staging come-backs: like how LCD Soundsystem reunited after 5 short years and hopped on the Festival circuit starting at Coachella this year and riding that "reunion tour" wave all the way to Outside Lands in August. They're not the first band to take advantage of staging a Summer Music Fest comeback and they certainly won't be the last.

Festivals are great for bands and fans alike: bands reach hundreds of fans with a huge potential to make more fans and fans get to see a bunch of different bands in a day, two days or over the course of a weekend depending on the festival!  In all of their glory, Music Festivals just can't compare to a one-off show and, as  seasoned show goers know, this time of year is slow as far as shows go. Except for a few indian-summer/Fall fests like: Voodoo Fest, Austin City Limits, Life is Beautiful, Desert Trip and Treasure Island Music Festival, the end of Summer is bitter sweet because it's also the end of festival season BUT when the fests end, the one-off shows begin!

Are you ready for ROCKTOBER!?!?!

The identical twin sister indie duo took last year off to work on their 8th studio album, Love You To Death after hitting the festival circuit pretty hard in 2014. Their new album dropped on June 3rd, and their world-wide tour in support of it, which started in London on June 22nd, brings them to states in September!

PEACHES @ Outsidelands 2016
photo by Nikki DeMartini

Oct 3rd: Peaches at Mezzanine, SF 
It had been SIX years since we heard anything new from PEACHES but as of last year she's back and ready to rock our world! The provocative, feminist rocker is currently on tour in support of 2015's Rub, her  6th studio album. October 3rd is your chance to get up-close and personal at her intimate and titillating show at Mezzanine!

Oct 5th: Phantogram at The Fox Theater in Oakland
One year after their sophomore album, Voices, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel of the electronic-dream-trip-pop duo, Phantogram joined forces with Outkast's Big Boi to create the experimental hip-hop group known as Big Grams. The trio graced stages at festivals the past two Summers but Phantogram released a new single earlier this Summer and their current tour is in support of their third album! Three drops two days after their headlining show at the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland! 

Music Video for Phantogram's single "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" 

The Lumineers @ Bottle Rock Napa 2016
Photo by Marc Fong 
The 4 years between The Lumineers' self-titled debut and their sophomore album Cleopatra felt like forever, right?! At long last the feel good indie-folk faves returned earlier this year with the single "Ophelea" and the release of Cleopatra on April 8th. Now they're on the road again! A second show at The Greek Theater in Berkeley was added by popular demand on October 7th with one of last year's biggest breakout artists, BORNS

The fun loving, energetic, alternative-dance group, Grouplove is back with their third album! Big Mess dropped September 9th, the same day they kicked off their tour in support of it! 

Seattle's indie-folk rockers, The Head and the Heart are hitting the road in September following the release of their third album, Signs of Light. The gang plays The Greek Theater in Berkeley October 8th, the day after they play The Greek Theater in L.A! 

Oct 8th: Tourist at The Independent, SF
London based, Grammy Award winning writer/producer William Phillips AKA Tourist, brings his first headlining tour to The Independent on October 8th! 

Oct 12th: Fitz & The Tantrums with Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) at The Fox Theater in Oakland
 Fitz and The Tantrums' "Hand Clap" is one of this Summer's hottest singles and the energetic jazz-pop fusion band is going to rock The Fox Theater in Oakland on October 12th! The debut solo album Neon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn drops on October 21st! The "Shameless" singer is opening for Fitz and The Tantrums on their 2016 Come Get Your Love Tour! 


Oct 19th: The Temper Trap at The Warfield, SF
The Temper Trap just played at Mezzanine on June 5th but the Aussie boys are already on their way back to the Bay. This time they're playing at The Warfield! The foursome has grown since the  their wildly successful 2009 debut, both literally and figuratively: the now a five-piece indie-rock band explore their own sound on their latest release, Thick as Thieves which they're on tour in support of! 

The last time I was this excited about a comeback was a couple years ago when The Matches from Oakland reunited! Berkeley's original punks, Green Day never technically "left" so I guess it's not really a "comeback" but I am super stoked! Four years ago Billie Joe, Mike and Tre gave us three separate albums, Uno! Dos!, Tres! and on October 7th the Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers' deliver their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio! Their hometown show at the newest music venue in the Bay Area, The UC Theater in Berkeley on October 20th is already sold-out!!

music video for Green Day's single "Bang Bang" 

Oct 22nd: Young the Giant with Ra Ra Riot at The Fox Theater in Oakland
Home of the Strange, Young the Giant's 3rd album featuring "Something to Believe In", "Silvertounge" and "Amerika" dropped August 12th! They'll be at The Fox Theater in Oakland with Ra Ra Riot on October 22nd! 

Oct 23rd: Kaleo with Bishop Briggs at The Fillmore, SF
Icelandic rock band, Kaleo and the unsigned, British musician (now based in L.A) Bishop Briggs both continue to grow in popularity with their singles "Way Down we Go" (Kaleo) and "River" (Bishop Briggs). With no album to date, Bishop Briggs still manages to drive throngs of fans to see her live, making her show with Kaleo at the historic Fillmore on October 23rd a highly anticipated one! Kaleo's sophomore album, A/B is available now! 

Oct 27th: M83 at The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF
Five years after their famous Hurry Up, We're Dreaming album, Anthony Gonzalez's M83 returned this year with their 6th studio album, Junk.  Now the acclaimed synth-shoegaze-dreampop pioneers are on their second tour of 2016! On April 17th they graced the stage at The Fox Theater in Oakland and next month they're bringing their show to The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium! 

Oct 27th: K-Flay at Great American Music Hall, SF 
Stanford University Alumni, K-Flay slayed sets at Music Fests this Summer, including Bottle Rock Napa and she just released a brand new EP! Crush Me is the innovative indie, hip-hop artist's fourth EP to date but it's the first release from Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds imprint Night Street/Interscope Records! Catch her headlining show at Great American Music Hall October 27th! 

music video for K-Flay's single "Blood in the Cut" 

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