Band Of Skulls w/ We Are Augustines
The Fillmore, April 12th
Miike Snow returns with their sophomore record Happy to You, released in March. Fox Theater, April 12th.
Metronomy, an experimental electronic pop group from the UK, plays a pre-Coachella show. Slim’s, April 12th.
English folk rock singer Andrew Bird, who played at Coachella in 2007, returns with songwriter and guitarist Laura Marling, also on the Coachella lineup. Fox Theater, April 13th.
WU LYF stands for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation. Their debut album, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, delivers a loud, high-energy strand of indie rock that is both vulnerable and explosive at the same time. The Independent, April 17th.
Refused is another reunited 90s band featured on Coachella’s Friday lineup. The Swedish hardcore punk group is performing for the first time since 1998. Swedish rock band The Hives were a surprise on the Coachella lineup, especially to those unaware of the band’s yet-to-be-released 2012 album. The Warfield, April 18th.
Godspeed You Black Emperor
Godspeed You Black Emperor brings their legendary instrumental post-rock sound to San Francisco for four consecutive evenings. Great American Music Hall, April 16-20.
Explosions in the Sky
Another instrumental post-rock band worthy of multiple Bay Area performances. Palace of Fine Arts, April 16-17.
Pulp is known for being one of the leaders of the Brit-pop era in the 1980s and 1990s, having hit the peak of their fame in 1995 with their popular single “Common People” before they broke up in 2003. The Warfield, April 17th.
The Horrors & The Black Angels
The Horrors, since their first album in 2007, have established themselves as key players in the contemporary post-punk and shoegaze scene. Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Black Angels name, logo and style of psychedelic garage rock are all influenced by The Velvet Underground. Bimbo’s, April 16-17.
London-based indie folk rock band Fanfarlo returns with its second album, Rooms Filled With Light, released last month. Slim’s, April 17.
Justice’s show at Fox Theater sold out months ago, but savvy fans should be able to find a way in. The Rapture, from New York, brings their danceable post-punk sound to the party after a five-year hiatus. Fox Theater, April 17th.
Gotye’s hit song “Somebody” has catapulted the band to mainstream success in short order. To meet demand this show was upgrade from the 500-capacity space at The Independent to the 5,000-capacity Civic Auditorium. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, April 18th.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit consists of two sisters, both under the age of 23, signed to the same record label as The Knife. Slim’s, April 18th.
Audiences might recognize Wild Flag’s vocalist and lead guitarist Carrie Brownstien from Portlandia or her previous band with drummer Janet Weiss, Sleater-Kinney. The Fillmore, April 18th.