Yacht rocking out at Outside Lands 2012
1. “Union” by Teen Daze
One album a year doesn’t seem to suffice these days. Teen Daze is joining Ty Segall and Green Day on the bandwagon for mulitple releases in a calendar year. His second full length, The Inner Masions, differs from his debut, more introspective than utopian, but still the elctropop you’ve grown to love, just with some more vocals entertwined, as is evidenced in his newest single. The new album isn’t out until November 6th, but you can catch him Friday night at 103 Harriet with Neon Indian and Yalls.
2. “One Step” by Yacht
Yacht’s crazy and cacophonous electro-pop is infectious, and every live show they have seems to be as energetic and surprising as the next. Which is why you should probably buy tickets for their upcoming show at the Mezzanine on October 27. Need more convincing? Local favorite pop duo Midi Matilda will be opening for them.
3. “Only Once” by Wax Tailor
It’s been three years since the French lo-fi hip hop DJ released a ablum, and oh how we’ve missed him dearly. Like his older albums, his newest album, Dusty Rainbow from the Dark, out today, is both dark and mysterious, with his signature voiceovers and subtle jazzy notes. But it also has a narrative running through each of the tracks, creating a cohesive piece that’s best when listened through fully. He’ll also will be in town in Oct. 3 at the Rickshaw, so make sure to snag a ticket now.
4. “Daydream” by Youth Lagoon
The highly introspective lo-fi pop that Trevor Powers creates through his moniker Youth Lagoon explores a dreamscape of synthesized keyboards, wispy, echoing vocals, and tempo plays that slow for the bridge, then pick up again for the chorus, all exemplified in “Daydream.” The Boise native will be in town in mid-October for Treasure Island Music Festival (as if you needed another reason to go).
5. “Baby Don’t Walk Away” by Naytronix (Yalls Remix)
You’ve got to love it when a local artist takes another local artist’s amazing song and transforms it into something all their own. Yalls takes Naytronix’s synthesized, slow tempo voice and morphs into a danceable beat, full of bright trumpets and heart-beat percussion behind it. See him in action on Friday night alongside Neon Indian and Teen Daze.
6. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” by Father John Misty
If you missed him at Outside Lands, shame on you. If you miss him again next week at the Independent, you seriously need to re-evaluate how you approach the S.F. music scene—the venue added a second night upon popular request. The man has a stage presence unparalleled by most modern artists, a way of embracing himself entirely while mocking both his music and his mannerisms. You’ll walk away wondering how he could have possibly been the drummer for a band as sleepy as the Fleet Foxes.
6. “One Wing” by Wilco
Having released their latest album last September, the Chicago rock band has been touring around the country ever since, and they’re making a pit stop this weekend for two shows at the Greek. Expect their great rock out moments and slower ballads, and bring a blanket.
7. “Jesse got Trapped in a Coal Mine” by Goodnight, Texas
Our very own folk-rock duo has released their first single off their upcoming album, A Long Life of Living, out on October 2. The single draws inspiration from stories about Avi Vinocur’s distant relatives. Since Vinocur is an S.F. native (and formerly of the Stone Foxes), we’ll just assume the rest of his family lives somewhere where with closer proximity to a coalmine.
8. “The Pilot” by The White Buffalo
Taking his name from an old Sioux Indian tale of the great white buffalo, Jake Smith and his motley crew transition between rowdy bar sing-a-longs, to wistful ballads. “The Pilot” is off their most recent release, Once Upon a Time in the West, and you’ll be able to see them perform it live at Hardly Strictly on October 8th.
10. “Orphan Train” by Dry Branch Fire Squad
Having been around since 1976, you can expect some incredibly perfected bluegrass from this quintet. You’ve got some knee-slapping banjo and some twangy vocals and intermittent harmonies, exactly what you’ll be headed to Hardly Strictly for, right?