We've almost 1/12th of the way through 2015, and if you haven't caught any local live music yet, this week presents another great chance. Here are our picks for live music coming your way in the week ahead.
(Did we miss anything good? Let us know in the comments.)
Monday, January 26th
Start Time: 7:30pm
This soulful New Zealand native is bringing her allegorical prose, deep groovy rhythms and beautifully haunting voice to The Independent this week. Her most recent album, Brutal Romantic, was released in August 2014 and showed her followers a more experimental and less apologetic side of Fraser. The commentary found in songs like “Psychosocial” are a testament to the time taken to craft these songs to perfection (the album took 18 months to complete). Fraser is definitely worth a listen, and a concert ticket for tonight.
Tuesday, January 27th
Start Time: 8pm
Those in the mood for a truly soulful experience need not look further than Brick & Mortar this Tuesday. Fueled by his incredibly talented (and large) Hot Pocket band, Rojai (row-juh) delivers an experience that will get even wallflowers to bust a move. Rojai is a shining mixture of poise, prose and presence, blending the charisma of an MC with the soothing voice of a modern day troubadour and earning him the moniker of “The Pocket”.
Wednesday, January 28th
Start Time: 8:30pm
Celebrating the release of their third album, Helms Alee bring a rather eclectic and experimental element to the hard rock genre, with guitarist Ben Verellen creating a serene atmosphere before bringing it the rest of his three piece powerhouse. Hailing from Washington State, Helms Alee has been tearing up the indie scene up there, performing on KEXP and receiving several positive reviews for their recorded material thus far.
Thursday, January 29th
Start Time: 8pm
Pamela Parker is without question one of the monarchs of the San Francisco rock scene. She is not only an excellent performer, but she truly embodies the larger-than-life persona she's created for herself. Her wild style, controlled and deliberate guitar playing and powerful voice speak enough to that point, but she has also played with several incredibly talented players in her time. It’s no wonder nearly every gigging musician in the city has heard of Pamela Parker, so check her out for a classic rock-inspired experience that will leave an impression.
Friday, January 30th
Start Time: 8pm
Jukebox the Ghost has had a quite impressive run since its inception in 2006. After four albums (the latest was released last year), a tour with Ben Folds in 2009 and a few gigs opening for Barenaked Ladies, the group is currently on a U.S. tour to support its newest self-titled record. Originally hailing from the Washington, D.C. metro area, the band is now based in Brooklyn and is poised to make some bigger waves this year. The band has definitely hit its stride and shows no signs of slowing down soon, so take the chance to check them out at Slims this week.
Saturday, January 31st
Start Time: 9pm
The band that came to fame backing the one and only Bob Marley is gracing San Francisco with its presence at The Independent for a three-night stand. Including performances on both Thursday and Friday night, The Wailers will perform the entirety of ‘Survival’ for the Saturday night show (‘Exodus’ and ‘Legend’ will be performed Thursday and Friday nights, respectively). So no matter what your favorite Marley record is, you have the opportunity to see it performed live in its entirety, and we highly recommend you take them up on the opportunity.