Several solid shows to get you through the short work week with Liar's proteges Fol Chen at Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Oakland-based art-rock legends Deerhoof at Bottom of the Hill Thursday and rising local favorites Magic Bullets at Amnesia Friday.
Our featured act this week, however, is Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, who play Bimbo's 365 Club Saturday. Long a favorite of indie gods Animal Collective and the go-to influence for an endless stream of lo-fi bedroom producers with pop appeal, Los Angeles' based multi-instrumentalist Ariel Pink garnered quite a bit of well-deserved attention last month with the release of Before Today. His first proper studio release, the album builds upon Pink's typical schizophrenic take on 70s and 80s AM radio-pop -- think of a steady barrage of memorable hooks and breaks you will swear were culled from forgotten Todd Rundgren, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates and Steely Dan sessions. With Puro Instinct (formerly Pearl Harbor) and Magic Kids rounding out the bill, this one should be well worth that rare Saturday night trek to North Beach.
Plenty of other shows to choose from this week including blog favorite Blackbird Blackbird at Elbo Room Tuesday, local psych-infused garage rock quartet The Fresh & Onlys at Eagle Tavern Thursday, and Denver's lo-fi lovers Weed Diamond at Milk Sunday -- as always, be sure to consult the full showlist.