With the Go Ahead
Sat/5, 9pm, $8-$10
853 Valencia, SF
Forming a band when you're in middle school that actually goes on to critical praise and some commercial success before you've graduated from high school means a few things. For The She's, which the Bay Guardian ever-so-aptly identified as a band On the Rise in 2013, one thing it means is giving interviews about your upcoming second EP that involves quotes like this one, from singer-guitarist Hannah Valente in a recent Bay Bridged interview: "It's going to sound a lot different. On our first album, there are songs that we wrote in eighth grade."
All good-natured (and, let's be real, envious) ribbing aside, there's no question that The She's have pretty much won the hearts of any red-blooded San Franciscan with an affinity for summery dream-pop; they're also entering a stage of band-life reserved for artists who achieve a certain level of success while so young that their age becomes part of the shtick. This next stage is when they're going to have to prove that they're talented songwriters and performers, period, as opposed to being really, really good for a band made up of high school kids. For the record, I think the former is true, but their sophomore EP, Dreamers, due out April 15, will have to do the talking. Catch 'em for free at Amoeba on April 12, or the official (all ages!) release show at the Rickshaw Stop.
With TV Girl, Lemme Adams, and Cocktails
April 18, 9pm, $10-$12
155 Fell, SF