Sonic Reducer Overage: St. Vincent, Thermals, Tiga, Sun Kil Moon, Jens Lekman, and more
The sun is out - and so are you, capering and carousing at these musical shindigs, all so worthy yet unable to make it to print.
Out of work? G'wan. Annie Clark is playing with ya on her hotly anticipated, Tin Pan Alley-inspired Actor (4AD). With Pattern Is Movement. Wed/27, 8 p.m., $16. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, SF. (415) 474-0365.
Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers
The 22-year-old Choctaw singer-songwriter from Shawnee, Okla., warbles with sweet conviction on her recently released debut, Songs in the Night (Ramseur). With Langhorne Slim, Guns for San Sebastian, and Sam Lowry. Fri/29, 8 p.m., $15. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422.
Pontiak and Sex Worker
The doom-laden Virginia indie-rockers on Thrill Jockey top this bill with a new project from Mi Ami's Daniel Martin-McCormick. With Da Bears. Fri/29, 9:30 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Sun Kil Moon and Mia Doi Todd
Catch a SF-settled Sun and rising star when ex-Red House Painter Mark Kozelek unpacks his lyrical, moody Sun Kil Moon incarnation, and a solo acoustic Mia Doi Todd reels out her haunting folk numbers. Fri/29, 9 p.m., $25-$30. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750.
Purty comes out to party - in the hands of Fort Collins, Colo., producer Derek Vincent Smith. With Kap10 Harris and Dirty Rotten. Sat/30, 9 p.m., $15-$17. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422.
The Thermals and the Shaky Hands
After splitting amicably with Sub Pop, Portland, Ore.'s punk-pop Thermals are keeping it indie on Kill Rock Stars, though the buzz surrounding the combo (and its general rock-starry elusiveness) indicates a big blowup in the near future. Seekers of pop vulnerability might look to drawling Northwestern kindred the Shaky Hands. Sat/30 (with Bachelorette and DJ Ted)-Sun/31 (with Point Juncture, WA), 10 p.m., $15. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
Oh, you're so popular, Jens. But is it any wonder lending an ear to bouncing tunes like "The Opposite of Hallelujah." With Tig Notaro. Mon/1-Tues/2, 9 p.m., $15. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
I See Hawks in LA
It's hard to be Humboldt when you know I don't mean it. Arf! On a completely different note, be sure to ask the Southland Cali-country outfit about its Strawberry Alarm Clock and Bonedaddies past and its progress pecking out a new CD and children's long-player. Tues/2, 9 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.