BOREDOM AND ENNUI proliferate more quickly then the bubonic plague. Even faster than swine flu. That's why we need entertainment, constant, swift, and clumsy. So go eat, drink, and be merry. Just whatever you do, don't spread the sickness, don't be bored!
Jimmy Buffet inspired a generation of middle aged slackers to don Hawaiian t-shirts and throwback many a margarita. His super relaxed songs are tinged with just enough tropical ambience to help his listeners delude themselves into believing that their impending 40k retirement will offer them a second lease on life. Yeah, like the wife will leave that easily. Amiright?
The Meatmen made their name by imbibing the true spirit of punk rock and pissing out its pure form all over their audience. They rebel senselessly and animatedly against everything, they don't try to make any point about anything, and they don't even try to make good music. They succeed on all counts.
1317 San Pablo Ave
San Francisco CA 94702
All ages $10
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, and hence has an intricate relationship to everything that is America. Come witness the dancing power of New Orleans culture and music and watch beautiful Creole women shake their sumptuous things.
WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH
The Decemberists not only live up to the hype, but appear to be getting better with age. As is the trend in modern popular music, The Decemberists music is both nostalgic and forward looking. Musicians aren't any longer expected to just make music, but to consciously embody some sphere of America's pop culture intellect, and still be entertaining.
OBITS with The Lights and Best Wishes
Bottom Of The Hill
1233 17th St
San Francisco CA 94107
all ages $10/$12
Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and Rocket from the Crypts front-man's new act, The Obits, just debuted their new album on Sub Pop records. Their shilling the same post hardcore tune-age as the aforementioned bands, but maybe with a little more clarity then before, and a little more maturity. You can't tell that I've never heard them before, can you?
THURSDAY MAY 21ST
CLASSICAL INDIAN SITAR CONCERT feat. Smita Nagdev
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin St
San Francisco CA 94118
all ages free
It's a free concert by one of the worlds acknowledged sitar masters. Why are you not going?
POPFEST 2009 feat. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and Oh No Oh My and My Teenage Stride and Pelle Carlberg
155 Fell St
San Francisco CA 94102
Check out some really sweet indie bands and the texture on their tight fitting pants and the sweeps of their a-symmetrical haircuts. I'm really just kidding, there are some exceptionally talented acts playing at San Francisco's increasingly popular Popfest, starting with Sweden's self-consciously pop punky/experimental (according to their Myspace page) group Suburban Kids with Biblical Names. What a keen eye for irony, amiright?
Afrolicious exudes all the eroticism, narcissism, and energy of a seventies funk hoe-down, but maybe sans all the cocaine. Actually, maybe with all the cocaine. I'm not sure. Ask around. Then get down. I said GET DOWN.
FRIDAY MAY 22ND
SIR RICHARD BISHOP AND HIS FREAK OF ANY ARABY ENSEMBLE with Oaxacan and Count Loach Fillet's Haunted Jukebox
2330 Telegraph Ave
San Francisco CA 94612
Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls is not as talented a pervuyer of Indian raga as the above mentioned Smita Nagdev, but he does play an incredible psychedellic styled guitar which exhibits influences from all around the world, including the raga, and flamenco and jazz and country too.
I know what you're thinking: over thirty bucks for a show that's not Jimmy Buffet? Well folks, this is BB King, who helped invent rock and roll and fire pistol groups like the Stones and the Kinks and the Yardbirds wouldn't have theirr balls if not for performers like King. He's still got it too, his voice commands an audience of thousands or a few dozen. This performance in an intimate setting is choice for catching a piece of history.
NOMO with Unpopable and The Dry Spells
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St
San Francisco CA 94107
Nomo is a funk powerhouse, and they include a diverse plethora of other genres in their music. But they never forget the funk. Get down, you don't have a choice. I said shake that thing and GET DOWN!