If you're avoiding the hype and heat of Austin for that annual indie, not indie music-and-film massacre that is South By Southwest (er, SXSW, nerds), fear not – there are still plenty of acts to catch live in our town this week. That list includes Martha Wainwright, PANTyRAID, Autre Ne Veut, the Dodos, an annual St. Patty's Day punk blowout, and plenty more.
Here are your must-see Bay Area concerts this week/end:
Music for Adobe Books
This last-minute event is the best kind of fundraiser: it's for a worthy cause (the Mission's beloved Adobe Books, which was forced out of business by a large rent increase) and features big name, locals acts including the Dodos, Adam Stephens of Two Gallants, the Tambo Rays, and DJ Andy Cabic of Vetiver. The show is part of the book shop's Indiegogo campaign to create a new Adobe, with a sustainable plan for small arts and culture businesses such as itself.
Mon/11, 7pm, $25
161 Erie, SF
Autre Ne Veut
“'Anxiety in children is originally nothing other than an expression of the fact they are feeling the loss of the person they love.' Sigmund Freud must have been on Arthur Ashin/Autre Ne Veut's mind as he created his follow up album, appropriately entitled Anxiety. This New York electronic artist chips away at layers of R&B harmonies and futuristic free jazz.” -- Ryan Prendiville
With Majical Cloudz, Bago
Mon/11, 9pm, $12
628 Divisadero, SF
“The legend of San Francisco band VOWS includes heartbreak, cross-country travel, and a little gambling in Reno. All that occurred nearly six years and a couple of albums ago. Since then, it has more finely tuned its breed of psych-pop comprised of punchy guitar riffs, seamless transitions between raspy yelps and bright three-part harmonies, and depth couched in catchy lyrics that all fits perfectly into a distinctly West Coast tradition. In the midst of recording its third album, VOWS comes to Rickshaw Stop to show it all off.” -- Laura Kerry
With Standard Poodle, the Goldenhearts
Wed/13, 8pm, $10
155 Fell, SF
Treasured, delicate folk singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright has had many lives – and they mostly play out in the themes of her personal albums such as 2008's I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, her Edith Piaf incarnation (Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, a Paris, 2009) and most recently, the lovely Come Home to Mama, her 2012 record spurred by both the birth of her first child, and the death of her well-known Canadian folk singer mother, Kate McGarrigle.
Fri/15, 6:30pm, $20
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market, SF
Electronic twosome PANTyRAID is broken down into Martin Folb (Marty Party) and Josh Mayer (Ooah of the Glitch Mob), which means An-ten-nae’s “Get Freaky” party is about to get a whole lot freakier. The experimental duo is known for mixing synth-based trip-hop, dubstep, electro, tribal drumming, and “whatever works and causes booty shaking and making out.”
Fri/15, 10pm, $20
1015 Folsom, SF
Is Afrolicious the hardest working world band in the Bay Area? It seems to pop up everywhere. The 12-piece Latin soul-tropical Afrobeat act met at Elbo Room's energetic weekly Afrolicious party, and is this week playing the Great American Music Hall in celebration of its debut full-length album California Dreaming, released on its own label, Afrolicious Music.
With Midtown Social Band, Afrolicious DJs Pleasure Maker and Senor Oz.
Fri/15, 9pm, $15
Great American Music Hall
850 O'Farrell, SF
St. Patty's Punk Bash XIII
Ay, it's time yet again to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the punks at Thee Parkside, all damn day. This time, there's Latin American-San Franciscan punk-with-horns act La Plebe, the legendary '70s-born VKTMS, folk-punk group the Fucking Buckaroos, awesomely named Gorilla Biscuits cover group, Girl-illa Biscuits, Blackbird Raum, Unko Atama, and plenty more. Remember to wear green, drink large mugs of Guinness/shots of Jameson, and all those requisite traditions.
With Ruleta Rusa, Bad Coyotes, Bankrupt District
Sat/16, 3pm, $8-$10
1600 17th St., SF