The Mission Creek Music Festival is still going strong and shows continue through Sunday. Although MCMF's press folks hadn't ever heard of SFist ("Is this a radio station? We're only giving tickets to radio stations.") we're big fans of this festival that's presenting tons of great music over ten days, much of which is from our best local artists. We salute founder Jeff Ray for keeping it going into its eleventh year.
On to this week's show recommendations: Tonight we're really excited to see Birds & Batteries at the Hotel Utah. Their album Selections from Nature vs. Nature has been on heavy rotation for us, and we can't wait to hear the new record they've been working on. They play tonight with Sky Pilots, Low Red Land and Conrad Ford. Over at 330 Ritch, Popscene presents Midnight Movies followed by Popscene prom at midnight. Mission Creek presents a show with the velvety vocals of Petracovich at Make-Out Room. Petracovich's Jessica Peters reminds us a bit of The Cardigans' Nina Persson's gentler, folkier moments.
On Friday, Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Pedro the Lion's David Bazan and Johnathan Rice strip songs down to their bare essentials at the Fillmore. On Saturday at 2pm head to Amoeba to see a free show by San Francisco's Or, the Whale. That night, we recommend either of these two great Mission Creek shows: Lavender Diamond and The Watson Twins with Winter Flowers at the Independent, or over at the Hemlock catch King Kong and Port O'Brien. We'll be at Great American to see our friends in The Knitters.
Watch The Knitters perform "Burnin' House of Love" on Letterman.