Plenty of shows to get you through your Outside Lands hangover with lo-fi Pitchfork favorite Wavves at Rickshaw Stop Wednesday, Smiths-inspired locals The Magic Bullets at the California Academy of Sciences Thursday night and the previously profiled Man/Miracle at Hemlock Saturday.
Our featured act this week is The Splinters, who play Bottom of the Hill Wednesday with Woven Bones and The Sandwitches. The Oakland-based outfit make 1960's style garage-pop with a punk twist, complete with vocal harmonies, vintage-tinged riffs and plenty of sing-a-long moments. While we have enjoyed the bands recordings to date -- their debut full length Kick is littered with catchy moments, and their recently released 7" might just be their best effort yet -- it is in the group's live shows that have really won us over. This is easily one of the most entertaining and downright fun acts in the area. Sadly, 1/4 of The Splinters is set to relocate to NYC, meaning their local appearances will soon be few and far between -- be sure to catch them locally while you still can.
Several other show options in this unusually stacked week with local garage pop favorite Hunx and His Punx at Thee Parkside Thursday, the previously profiled Tussle at Amnesia Saturday and the jam packed Rock Make Festival all-day Sunday -- as always, be sure to consult the full showlist.