Rock Out At These 12 Hot Concerts Hitting S.F. This Month

You may still be recovering from the two-day music binge that was Treasure Island Music Festival (we know we are), but it’s time to get off the couch and grab your dancing shoes and keep this party going strong, because October is stacked with an awesome lineup of artists coming to the Bay Area.
Running the gamut from folk icons Bob Dylan and Neil Young to electro-superstars Major Lazer and Afrojack, with some awesome indie acts in between, there’s definitely something to satisfy everyone’s musical craving.
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Freelance Whales and Geographer
Indie-pop outfit Freelance Whales has just kicked off its North American tour in support of its latest release, Diluvia, a space-themed concept album that takes listeners on a synth-propelled journey through the stars. And while we’re looking forward to the main attraction, we’re equally as excited to see local favorite Geographer featured as the opening act.
When: Thursday, October 18, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20; Buy here!
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street (between Mint and 6th streets); 415-625-8880.
Major Lazer
Major Lazer, the side project of musical wunderkind Diplo, is known for its heavy-hitting beats infused with a serious dose of reggaeton. Its shows are always a non-stop party, and with a host of new material from the band's forthcoming album Free the Universe on deck, we have no doubt that this will be one epic performance.
When: Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50; Buy here!
Where: Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue (between 19th and 18th streets); 510-302-2250.
Peaches
Electronic music’s favorite bad girl, Peaches, is swinging into San Francisco this Friday for an evening at 1015 Folsom. She recently released her first new track in three years — "Burst!" — a grungy electro/pop number produced by techno-favorite Boys Noize. And at a venue this intimate, you’re sure to learn a thing or two from the infamous teaches of Peaches.
When: Friday, October 19, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25; Buy here!
Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom Street (between 6th and Harriet streets); 415-264-1015.
2012 Bridge School Benefit
The annual Bridge School Benefit, organized by rock icon Neil Young, always boasts a stellar line-up of artists, but it’s really outdone itself this year. The two-day benefit will feature sets from major bands including Jack White, The Flaming Lips, and Foster the People, as well as one of our favorite newbies, Gary Clark Jr., and Mr. Young himself. And, just in case you’re not convinced, all proceeds go to the Bridge School’s programs dedicated to helping children in need.
When: Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21
Tickets: $35 to $150; Buy here!
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Amphitheatre Parkway (near Shoreline Boulevard), Mountain View; 650-967-3000.
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Crystal Castles
No one has mastered controlled cacophony quite like Crystal Castles. Known for its experimental sound and chaotic live shows, the group puts on a show unlike any other — a complete assault on the senses that will leave you wanting more.
When: Monday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39.50; Buy here!
Where: Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue (between 19th and 18th streets); 510-302-2250.
Calexico
Infusing its sound with influences ranging from Latin samba and mariachi to classic Americana with a heavy dose of brass, Calexico’s unique blend shines on its latest album Algiers. With a sound so complex you might not expect it to all come together on stage, the act always manages to blow us away.
When: Tuesday, October 23, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35; Buy here!
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Street (at Fillmore Street); 415-346-3000.
Photo: Courtesy of Molly DeCoudreaux
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A$AP Rocky
Harlem-bred A$AP Rocky burst onto the scene in 2011 with the single “Peso” and was quickly embraced by hip-hop lovers everywhere. The fast-talking rapper has become known for his energetic live shows, and with a full-length album set to be released on October 31 — this is probably your last chance to catch him before he’s selling out stadiums.
When: Wednesday, October 24, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50; Buy here!
Where: Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue (between 19th and 18th streets); 510-302-2250.
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Brother Ali
Brother Ali has been in the indie-rap game for years now, balancing the roles of artist and activist with his pointed, heartfelt lyrics and intricate melodies. Performing with a live band, Ali’s performance is not your typical hip-hop concert, it’s a revelation for the mind, body, and soul.
When: Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $29.00; Buy here!
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Street (at Fillmore Street); 415-346-3000.
Matt & Kim
Seeing Matt & Kim perform live is always a wild ride — from crowd surfing and booty shaking to Kim going crazy on the drums — the duo always gives its audience 110%. Its exuberant, fast-paced jams will have you dancing from the get-go and on into the “Daylight.”
When: Friday, October 26, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25.00; Buy here!
Where: Fox Theatre, 1807 Telegraph Avenue (between 19th and 18th streets); 510-302-2250.
YACHT
Simply put, YACHT puts on one of the best live shows around. The duo, made up of Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt, seamlessly blend their ideological lyrics with spacey new wave and disco for a sound that is all their own. As the group has been known to say, YACHT is not just a band, it’s a belief system — and we have a feeling you’ll consider yourself a believer long before the show is over.
When: Saturday, October 27, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $30; Buy here!
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street (between Mint and 6th streets); 415-625-8880.
Disclosure
This synth-pop duo made up of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have a modern take on classic house that experiments with elements of funk, soul, and disco creating complex songs that belie their youth. The band has garnered buzz opening for fellow Brit SBTRKT, but we’re excited to see the group out on its own performing a full live set.
When: Tuesday, October 30, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20; Buy here!
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street (between Hayes and Grove streets); 415-771-1421.
Afrojack
If you’re looking for a straight-up dance party this Halloween, look no further. Afrojack is one of those artists that loves entertaining his audience, and will work until every single person in the venue is picking up what he’s layin’ down. And with Ruby Skye’s reputation for going all-out on Halloween, this promises to be one ridiculous evening.
When: Wednesday, October 31, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $90 to $100; Buy here!
Where: Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street (between Derby and Geary streets); 415-693-0777.
Photo: Via Facebook/YACHT