Take a listen to these bands in our December playlist here
Eric Hutchinson with Tristan Prettyman, The Fillmore, Tuesday December 2nd
Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will stop in San Francisco as a part of his City & Sand Tour, which also features Tristan Prettyman and Nick Howard. He is touring in support of his third album, Pure Fiction. His first album caught the attention of Perez Hilton, who helped build his original fan base. Now, we’re spreading the word and generating a buzz about this talented musician all over again.
Alice in Winterland Holiday Show, The Masonic, Thursday December 4th
This annual holiday show is put on by staple Bay Area radio station, Alice. Featuring Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri, and Train, this will be one of the more down-to-earth holiday shows of the season. Since it’s currently sold out, we recommend calling in to 97.3 and trying your luck at winning some tickets.
Tickets: Sold Out but try here
Stevie Wonder, Oracle Arena, Friday December 5th
If anyone can adequately fill up Oracle Arena with soul, it’s Stevie Wonder. After getting his start in Motown as a child, Wonder has created a lasting name for himself with a successful music career that has spanned decades. With 22 Grammy Awards to call his own, Wonder continues to wow audiences with his new and old music.
James Blake, The Chapel, Sunday December 7th
English singer-songwriter and electronic musician James Blake is headlining one of San Francisco’s most intimate venues. Blake is known for his wide vocal range and impressive live shows. If you’re a Blake fan, it’s likely you already have your tickets. If not, check Stubhub now — you won’t want to miss out.
Tickets: Sold Out
Augustana, The Fillmore, Wednesday December 10th
Augustana has toured with some of the biggest names in alternative and pop music. Catch them filling up the Fillmore with hits like “Boston,” which we know was on at least one mix tape you made in your incredibly angsty teenage years.
Tune-Yards, Fox Theater, Thursday December 11th
Tune-Yards are back after headlining The Fillmore in June. Fronted by Merrill Garbus, Tune-Yards shows are entirely unique. With drum, guitar, bass, vocal, and even ukulele loops — all created on the spot — Tune-Yards guarantee that no single show is the same as another.
Cat Stevens, The Masonic, Friday December 12th
Though he now goes by Yusuf Islam, the show is officially billed with Cat Stevens headlining. This will be his first North American tour in 35 years so expect plenty of hits as well as material off his October release Tell ‘Em I’m Gone.
Live 105’s Not So Silent Night, Oracle Arena, Friday and Saturday December 12th and 13th
Not So Silent Night is exactly what it sounds like: a loud, raucous night of rock, perfectly timed with the holiday season. Night One features Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Rise Against, Young the Giant, Future Islands, and Walk the Moon. Night Two features Imagine Dragons, Alt J, Interpol, Cage the Elephant, Spoon, and Vance Joy. Whether you choose night one, night two, or both, you can’t go wrong treating yourself to this.
KFOG Benefit: The Head and the Heart, Wild Cub, The Masonic, Monday December 15th
The Head and the Heart have been on the road almost non-stop this year supporting their second album, Let’s Be Still. Their skills as performers has increased and their live act has been refined. This time, they’ll be back at the beautiful new Masonic Theater. Supporting the Seattle-based six-piece band is Nashville-based Wild Cub, whose hit “Thunder Clatter” blew up this summer. If you have any doubts about this show, read our review of The Head and the Heart at the Greek in Berkeley from September here.
Dillon Francis, Fox Theater, Thursday and Friday December 18th and 19th
DJ Dillon Francis rose to fame after working with Diplo in 2011. On October 27th of this year, Francis released his debut LP Money Sucks, Friends Rule and has been touring in support of it. The Fox added a second night after Thursday’s show sold-out so quickly, so get your ticket now if you want in on this party.
Tyler, the Creator, The Warfield, Thursday December 18th
We aren’t typically rap fans here at SF Culture Shock, but we’d be kicking ourselves if we didn’t recommend this Odd Future leader’s show. We wouldn’t be surprised if he brought out special guests as well. Though his lyrics can be controversial, if you’re into rap, this is a show to be at.
Finish Ticket, The Fillmore, Monday December 22nd
We’ve been following local band Finish Ticket all year as they gained popularity. After a big announcement, the band shared their excitement to finally headline The Fillmore. This will be their last show of 2014 so expect a hell of a homecoming show with a side of ugly holiday sweaters.
The Flaming Lips, The Warfield, Tuesday and Wednesday December 30th and 31st
The Flaming Lips announced these shows back in September and we’ve been counting the days since. Foxygen has just been announced as the opener each night but there’s still speculation about the “Fwends” who will show up. Their latest album, With A Little Help from My Fwends, is a tribute of covers to the full Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The “Fwends” on the album include Miley Cyrus, Foxygen, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, and more. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year.
STRFKR, The Independent, Tuesday and Wednesday December 30th and 31st
If you’re more into the electronic scene, then we recommend you spend NYE with STRFKR at The Independent. We danced and sweated through their hot Coachella set and we can guarantee that with an open bar you’ll have a blast too.