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The Best Shows for October

To some it’s all about three chords and the truth, to others music is universal. Crossing international borders and boundaries it becomes clear you don’t need to understand the lyrics in order to know when something makes you move. This October, SF hosts a slew of acts from across the bay and around the world that are united in getting bodies in motion by mining that universal groove.

1. Funky Kingsmen
As one of reggae’s touring elder statesman, Toots Hibbert is the surviving legendary voice of Jamaica. With an amazing career spanning the evolution of Jamaican music from ska to rock-steady to reggae, Toots has been there and back. Their first record in 1966, Reggae Got Soul had many oft-covered classic reggae staples like "Pressure Drop", "Funky Kingston", "Monkey Man", "54-46 was my number", and even a rootsy cover of "Country Roads". This two night stand will take you to those back country roads where you belong.

Monday & Tuesday October 1st and 2nd
Toots and the Maytals
Doors: 8:30, Show 9pm

2. I am a thief, a honey thief
The bay area’s Bart Davenport continues to be a musical force evolving his style with his latest project Honeycut moving into electronica by building off programmed beats and samples with live keys and bass. Honeycut brings many divergent influences and yet still remains accessible enough to land their single "Exodus Honey" into the new iMac commercial. Retro-rooted in 60s funk and soul, Honeycut creates a modern hip indie funk that makes them entertaining and danceable. If their recent set at the Treasure Island Music Festival is any indication, this should be an amazing show in the more intimate confines of the Bottom of the Hill. Their set-closer, a gritty-distorted funk take on the disco classic "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life", was the crowd-rockin highlight that set the field of bodies in motion.

Friday October 5th
Bottom of the Hill
Show 10pm (all ages)

3. Je Suis Un Rock Star

Parlez vous electro? Justice, the darlings of the Parisian electro house music scene, bring their big illuminated cross (no, I’m not kidding about this) and hard block-rockin beats on their first state-side tour. Justice’s live sets are known for making the club boys and girls dance frantically with their fists in the air while pumping out the hard rocking beats. This much in demand DJ and remixer duo of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge have built up a solid reputation working with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, N*E*R*D*, and Daft Punk. They are now releasing their second EP with the ground breaking single "Let There Be Light".

Wednesday October 10th
Justice with DJ sets by Jefrodisiac and Richie Panic
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

4. They say it’s your birthday
In celebration of what would have been his 69th birthday, DJ Jeremiah and the Afrobeat Nation are throwing down this funky dance party celebrating the life and music of Fela Kuti. To pay tribute to the great founding father of the Afrobeat sound, DJ Jeremiah kicks up the wheels of steel backed up by a live band and four piece horn section to nice up the mix. In full celebration mode DJ Jeremiah will play that "joyful sound that makes the world go around" mixing-up choice Fela cuts and funky James Brown's for that groovy mix putting the dip in your hip and glide in your stride.

Saturday, October 13th
DJ Jeremiah and the Afrobeat Nation, DJ Said, Pleasuremaker
Café Du Nord
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:30pm

5. Streams of Whiskey
If the streams of whisky are flowing, then that’s where you should be going as the Pogues return for a four night stand at the Fillmore. There is nothing like the sight of the six members of the Pogues lined up in a row at the front of the stage bashing out their folk-punk Irish classics while the people in the pit mosh it up in a frenzy of joyous rebellion. When they came through last year, singer Shane McGowan train-wrecked his way through the first five songs of their set while hanging on to the microphone for dear life, then somehow sobered up half-way through to deliver one of the most memorable sets. This is why Q magazine named The Pogues one of the "50 Bands to See Before you Die".

Sunday October 21st - Wednesday October 24th
The Pogues
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

6. And Cherry came too except it was just like honey with a ton of angry bees buzzing like chainsaw guitars
For those of us bummed that they didn’t make it to SF after their epic Coachella reunion (well they did have Scarlett Johansson join them for "Just Like Honey") can now take solace in that we get two nights of the latest road-tested version of the band. Formed way back in 1984 by Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid, their music lived up to the name psychocandy with their Beach Boys melodies and buzz-saw guitars. So now reunited and reinvigorated they come back to SF to unleash their wall of far gone and out distortion that will hit you like blues from a gun and keep you sidewalking into the darklands of our October skies.

Friday & Saturday October 26th and 27th
The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Fillmore
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm