Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
“Well OK, Honey” by Jenny O.
The Americana songstress brings in a bit of blues but her voice has a wispy quality that allows her guitar skills to shine and through her songwriting she tells stories worth listening to.
Tuesday, 2/26, 7 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall
“Presence of Mind” by Fresh & Onlys
Now on their fourth album, the Fresh & Onlys call themselves pop, but it’s got a slightly folkly tilt—blame it on their hometown of S.F.
Wednesday, 2/27, 7 p.m., Bottom of the Hill
“Fog” by The Mallard
The San Francisco–based punk rock band has a style akin to Ty Segall, if not slightly more mellow and with a little less fuzz. “Fog” is a great example of their ability to meld punk with a surfer rock that rolls like waves on the tide.
Thursday, 2/28, 7 p.m., Great American Music Hall
“Swim” by Bear Mountain
With pumping synths and bubbly beats, this Canadian duo is plenty energetic, taking queues from bands like Starfucker, but managing to keep it fresh. Oh yeah, they also do crazy light shows.
Thursday, 2/28, 9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop
“Fields” by xxyyxx
The 17-year-old producer (yes, he’s underage) has a knack for taking familiar pop beats and warping them into something entirely new: TLC’s “No Scrubs” now has a lithe keyboard and quick syncopated drum snare behind it in “Good Enough.” In “Fields” he reimagines an Amy Winehouse classic, “You Know I’m No Good.”
Thurs. 2/28, 9 p.m., DNA Lounge
“I Swear” by Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Mix jazz with swing, a pinch of rock & roll with some wailing vocals and you’ve got this Portland quartet. They’ve just released their sophomore album, Untamed Beast, which is a slight departure from their swinging roots, but lead singer Sallie Ford’s powerful husky voice.
Saturday, 3/2, 7 p.m., Great American Music Hall
“Warm Spell” by Sinkane
Solo man Ahmed Gallab comes to us from out of Ohio (by way of Sudan) and has toured as the drummer for the indie pop group Of Montreal, though his own sound is more a mixture of shoegaze and free jazz.
Friday, 3/1 and Saturday, 3/2, 7:30 p.m., The Independent
“Take Me” by Drms
With a voice much like that of Kacey Johansing but with much quicker, upbeats melodies, local duo Drms has become a darling of the Bay Area music scene.
Friday, 3/1, 7:30 p.m., The Independent
“How Long Have you Known” by Diiv
The Brooklyn-based beachy pop band has a sound soaked in nostalgia, looking at the summer days of yore through a sepia-toned lens. The vocals are distant, almost as if echoing from stage left instead of leading the band forward and instead the guitars lead.
Saturday, 3/2, 8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall
“Ambigamy” by James and Evander
Another Bay Area duo—one of whom, Glenn Jackson, also runs the music blog Mapzzz—who’s quirky sense of humor (as evidenced by their music video) pairs quite nicely with their hypnotic, transportive soundscapes.
Saturday, 3/2. 7:30 p.m., The Independent