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April 17th to April 30th

Lots and lots of great bands are heading into town on the coattails of Coachella. Plenty of great bands call the Bay Area home. Many are performing to help you spread the wealth of your refund. I will let the music speak for itself.

So, So Many White Tigers
The Stud
April 17th, 11 PM
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Sunday slutty Sunday at The Stud. Not many local bands grace the covers of our local weeklies, but So, So Many White Tigers did. Need it be said that the band plays sexy, roaring rock and roll? The band describes their sound as black metal drum and bass . Late night Sunday at this SOMA institution will bring out the true San Francisco crowd. Find them here:

Judith and Holofernes with Vernal Fall and jerseyturnpike
The Make Out Rooms
April 17th, 8:30 PM
$6 ~ 21 and over

If you want a more introspective Sunday evening then check out Judith and Holofernes. The local four piece play mournful Fado ballads (a Portuguese version of the tango) mixed with a healthy dose of indie rock. Indeed, they call the music Fadocore. Vernal Falls cites influences ranging from M. Ward to Nick Drake. jerrseyturnpike play music that Aquarius Records calls, "A glistening, ethereal delight." Joining the band will be Jessica Schaeffer on the double-strung harp. Judith and Holofernes are here:

Regina Spektor with The Ditty Bops
Cafe Du Nord
April 19th, 9PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

If you arrived early for The Strokes big 2003 show at the Bill Graham, then you will probably remember Regina warming up the crowd. Although her anti-folk solo piano work lives on the other side the fence, the crowd gave her a rousing applause at the end of her set. Regina, a Brooklyn resident and native Russian is touring in support of Soviet Kitsch, her third long play. The Ditty Bops just released a self-titled debut and their name describes their eclectic style of music. The Los Angeles based duo also performs at Amoeba Records at 6 PM.

Dealership with Outline Kit and Scrabble
12 Galaxies
April 19th, 9 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

Chris Wetherell (drums) and Chris Groves (bass and singer) are two of the hardest working musicians in the Bay Area, as they are also members of Citizens Here and Abroad. They joined forces several years ago with Muyuki Jane Pinckard (singer, guitar, keyboard) to play catchy indie noise-pop tunes. The band's music has been described as cute and sweet, but they also cover the Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the UK". It's grown up indie pop. Former tourmates, Scrabble open as well, as the mysterious Outline Kit. Download Dealership @

DMBQ with Drunk Horse, Shellshag and Subacranoid Space
12 Galaxies
April 22nd, 9 PM
$8 ~ 21 and over

I first described Japan's DMBQ (it's officially: Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet) as Led Zeppelin in a blender. I stand corrected, after listening to the band's first US release, The Essential Sounds From the Far East, DMBQ drops all rock and roll into the blender, from Hendrix to Queens of the Stone Age. The music is unpolished, pounding pych rock. Each song a slab of rock and roll history updated though the lens of Tokyo's underground scene. The band is now gaining respect for its teeter on the edge of sanity stage show. Shellshag is Jen and Shellhead from Kung Fu USA. This event replays with the Coachwhips at Oakland's Chapman Street Warehouse on the 23rd at 2846 Chapman Street.

Von Iva and Communique
The Rickshaw Stop
April 23rd, 9 PM
$9 ~ 18 and up

Von Iva's back from their tour sooner than I expected and The Rickshaw Stop may be the perfect venue to catch the ladies perform their up close and personal set of solid gold rock and roll. Move up close to shake that thang and lead singer Jillian Von Iva will jump in on the fun. Oakland based Communique open with a set of dance pop-punk rock.

Mary Timony
Cafe Du Nord
April 22nd, 10:30 PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

Amoeba Records
April 25th, 7 PM

Former Helium front woman, Mary Timony returns to San Francisco in support of her latest CD, the aptly titled Ex Hex, just out on Lookout! Records. The disk is in the form of the now common guitar (Mary) and drum (Devin Ocampo) duo. The album retains the magic of Mary's hocus pocus solo work but also announces her return to her art punk roots. At the du Nord show, Mary will be joined by Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty on bass. Canty also produced the album.

Midnight Movies with Giant Drag and Minipop
The Independent
April 23rd, 9 PM
$8/$10 ~ 21 and over

Midnight Movies is a Hollywood trio that lives on the seedy side of film noir and late night horror movies. The LA Weekly crowned them 2003's Best New Artist and in 2004 the Best Pop/Rock band, "because the lead singer (Gena Olivier) sounds like Nico". Giant Drag is a guitar/drum duo that's also part of the LA scene. They are often compared to Mazzy Star. Local indie upstart, Minipop open.

A Benefit for Dax Pierson
Matmos, Sagan, Jel & Alias and DJ Doseone
Bottom of the Hill
April 25th, 9 PM
$12 ~ 21 and over

Several weeks ago, Dax was seriously injured while on tour with Oakland-based space pop band Subtle. Dax is recuperating back home in Texas while his friends around the world come together to help defray his medical expenses. If you can not attend the show, the following link provides up to date information as well as many opportunities to contribute: The Eagle Tavern will hold a benefit on May 5th with Mark Eitzel and Bart Davenport.

British Sea Power with the Heavenly States and Kelley Stoltz
The Independent
April 30th, 9PM
$12/$14 ~ 21 and over

BSP warm up for their Coachella gig the following day. Local trio, The Heavenly States, just back from their Libyan adventure support with a set of high energy indie rock. Congrats to the band for hitting Rolling Stone's Hotlist in the March 24th issue. Local singer, songwriter Kelley Stoltz opens with an Echo and the Bunnymen inspired set.

Coming Up…

The Pixies play The Warfield on May 30th: 2 shows, 1 long night. Tickets go on sale April 17th at 10 AM.