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Must-see shows in the Bay Area this week

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This week in the Bay, Metronomy, Snail Mail, and The Go-Go’s hold down top spots for live shows.


Tuesday at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco 9 pm

If you have not heard of Metronomy yet, don’t worry; you’re not alone. The electro-influenced indie rock band has enjoyed most of their commercial success overseas and it wasn’t really until 2011’s English Rivera that the bad became darlings of the streaming world, with catchy synth-driven tracks like “The Look” and “The Bay.” You don’t have to listen to Metronomy for too long before you start to hear the Devo and David Bowie influences, as well as the pure fun and feel-good rhythms that pour through the speakers.

Metronomy carries a reputation for being one of the most entertaining live acts, up there with the likes of Arcade Fire and Animal Collective. They’ll be playing tonight at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.


Wednesday at the Starline Social Club in Oakland

Thursday at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco

So you haven’t heard of Snail Mail either? No worries. I mean, her debut album just dropped 18 days ago. But get ready to hear a lot more from this 19-year-old indie rock phenom who has had critics stumbling over themselves to declare her as some sort of indie rock messiah. Lindsey Jordan, a.k.a. Snail Mail, has been releasing music independently since 2015, eventually catching the ear of legendary record label Matador who released her debut Lush earlier this month.

The music review site Pitchfork gave a glowing review of her debut album Lush in which they hailed her the “future sound of indie rock,” comparing her to early Liz Phair with the “ferocity of Fionna Apple.”

But Jordan is reaching for recognition in more inclusive terms. She told Paste Magazine in a recent interview, “I would rather just be compared to male artists, because there are bands that we could be getting compared to that we’re not, just because I’m a woman.” Catch Snail Mail’s Bay Area debut this week.


Thursday at the Fox Theater in Oakland

What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about one of the most legendary rock bands of all time? Nothing really, other than the fact that The Go-Go’s have not given up touring despite announcing that their farewell tour in 2016. Lucky for us, they are back on the road. Catch The Go-Go’s in the Bay this Thursday at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

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