Another jam packed week of shows with San Diego's excellent droney pop duo Crocodiles at The New Parish Tuesday, Oakland's rising favorites Man/Miracle at Rickshaw Stop Thursday and the previously profiled Ty Segall with last week's highlight Grass Widow at Bottom of the Hill Sunday.
Our featured act this week, however, is the recently reunited Pavement, who play Berkeley's Greek Theater Friday night. Initially hailing from Stockton, Pavement was long a staple of the SF music scene, frequenting big name venues like The Fillmore, Maritime Hall and Warfield alongside smaller stages like Kilowatt (yes, that Kilowatt) and Bottom of the Hill before their untimely demise in 1999. In the years since, the band's quirky lyrics, blissful off-kilter melodies and general lo-fi aesthetic have together become the de facto blueprint for countless Pitchfork buzzbands, helping to solidify their place among the indie rock elite. If we are to believe frontman Stephen Malkmus and company, this just might be your last chance to catch the band in the Bay Area -- be sure to snag the last remaining tickets while you still can.
As always, plenty of other show options this week including local legends Brian Jonestown Massacre, the previously profiled Tussle at Milk Thursday and Portland's italo disco revivalist Soft Metals at Li-Po Lounge Friday -- be sure to consult the full showlist.