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The hottest shows to see in SF and Oakland this spring break

If University of Oregon is truly “UC Eugene,” it’s a safe bet that plenty of its students will be in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring break. There’ll be plenty of musicians there too, and spring break in the Bay is a great time for live music. Here are a few of the hottest (non-sold-out) shows in San Francisco and Oakland this break. 


– Sound sculptors Tim Hecker and Oren Ambarchi play the Independent. If you’re into really long drones without much else going on (which this writer certainly is) this is the show for you. (21+. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.. $20 advance, $25 door.)

– Wordy psych-glam crew Of Montreal play the Great American Music Hall, then Slim’s on Wednesday; their shows are notoriously wild and tripped-out, so don’t miss this one. (All ages. Doors at 7. p.m, show at 8 p.m. $21.)

British rock darlings Palma Violets play the Rickshaw Stop, one of San Francisco’s most intimate venues for touring bands. (All ages. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $15.)


Echosmith, the sibling act behind the indie-pop hit “Cool Kids,” plays Regency Ballroom. (All ages. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $18 advance, $20 door.)

– Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play four nights in a row (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) at the legendary Fillmore. (All ages. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $50.)

Moon Duo, an offshoot of the great contemporary San Francisco psych band Wooden Shjips, plays Bottom Of The Hill. (All ages. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $12 advance, $14 door.)

Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Game of Thrones’ Hodor, hosts the Rave of Thrones at 1015 Folsom. This publication is not liable if you get stabbed with a broadsword while partying. (21+. Doors and show at 9 p.m. $20.)

– Baroque-soul bandleader Matthew E. White plays the Rickshaw Stop. If Monsters, Inc. is your favorite Pixar movie, this should be a treat; he’s a big cuddly guy who loves Randy Newman, just like Sully. (All ages. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $14 door.)


– If you’re in search of a hoedown, string band The Brothers Comatose play Oakland’s New Parish. (18+. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door.)


– Sophie, A.G. Cook and QT of robot-pop collective PC Music–which the Emerald named as an artist to watch in 2015–perform at 1015 Folsom. Chat up any cute hipster by talking about posthumanism. (21+. Doors and show at 10 p.m. $17.50.)

Tobacco, demonic frontman of Black Moth Super Rainbow, performs a solo set at Leo’s Music Club in Oakland. (18+. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door. Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket. )


– If you’re in a metal mood, At the Gates, Pallbearer, Converge, and Vallenfyre, um, converge for a killer lineup of heavy music at the Regency Ballroom. (All ages. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $27.50 advance, $32 door.)

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Daniel Bromfield

Daniel Bromfield

Daniel Bromfield is a writer for the Arts & Culture desk of the Emerald, specializing in music. He maintained the SF Rebirth blog in San Francisco from 2010-2013, and his work has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, KWVA, and the Oregon Voice.