There are a plethora of show options this week with Brooklyn's The Antlers at The Warfield tonight, Los Angeles's buzzed lo-fi pop act Best Coast with Vivian Girls at Bottom of the Hill Tuesday and San Francisco's beyond hyped Girls doing a V-day show with Magic Kids at Great American Music Hall Sunday (sadly, very sold out).
Our pick for this week, however, is San Francisco's garage-pop outfit The Mantles at Hemlock Saturday. While no doubt at home alongside previously profiled local garage favorites Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, The Mantles' sound really has more in common with of The Byrds and Paisley Underground era jangle than it does with the current wave of fellow reverb soaked lo-fi acts. This pop prowess is perhaps most evident on Don't Lie, a standout track that deservedly topped several best of lists last year. While the quartet found quite a bit of success with their enjoyable self-titled debut last fall, our money is on 2010 being their true breakout year -- just last week the group was added to tastemaker Gorilla Vs Bear's buzz band packed SXSW showcase, a surefire sign that they are on the brink of reaching critical mass. Saturday's bill is rounded out by the aforementioned Ty Segall (the dude really gets around) and Sacramento's G.green, so be sure to arrive early.
Monday, February 7th
Editors, The Antlers @ Warfield $20
Death Sentence: Panda!, Pompoir, Slaughtering Dolphins @ 21 Grand $5
Scott H. Biram, Dirt Daubers, The Ferocious Few @ Bottom of the Hill $10
St. Vincent, Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Great American Music Hall (Sold Out)