'Tis the season for new releases, featuring a bumper crop of Bay Area bands. Plus, an identity crisis: Bay Area surf-mariachi-punks bAd bAd defend their honor against LA electro-pop kids badbad
Of all the new releases that have come across my desk over the past month, none has made me feel quite so much like ditching work and taking a drive down 101-south with the top rolled down and the wind in my hair as Adult Life, the debut full-length from SF's own garage-fuzz-pop five-piece Cocktails. Of course, I drive an '88 Volvo with very few moveable parts, and wind's never been very kind to my hair, but you get the idea. Unabashedly catchy and, in places, perfectly snotty odes to summer and relationships are delivered through sonic nods to our '70s power-pop and classic punk heroes. The album's not out 'til mid-June, but you can catch new songs at shows throughout May, like at the Make-Out Room May 12.
With Tiaras and Emotional
8pm, free (??)
3225 22nd St, SF
If there were any doubt that Oakland's most loveable weirdos had staying power, last week's firework-filled free Converse Rubber Tracks show at the Chapel — just before tUnE-yArDs took off on tour opening for the Arcade Fire — should have laid that to rest. Nikki Nack, out May 6, is full of R&B grooves and plenty of synthed-out weirdness, lest anyone was worried that singer Merill Garbus would get boring as she achieved more mainstream success. The band won't be back in the Bay until a two-night stand at the Fillmore June 6 and 7 (with openers Sylvan Esso and Goldie winner The Seshen, respectively) but check this space next week — we'll be checking in with Garbus from the road in the days before the album officially drops.
June 6 and 7, 8pm, $26
With Sylvan Esso June 6, The Seshen June 7
1805 Geary, SF