Here’s the list of our top picks for the best live shows in July. Included are ticket links as well, just click the bold Tickets below each show.
Also check out our Spotify playlist to listen to the bands here.
Peter Matthew Bauer, Wednesday July 9th, Bottom of the Hill:
Bauer, the frontman of The Walkmen, is touring in support of his solo album Liberation! The album is an autobiographical journey of self and religious discovery and promises to be a unique live experience.
WATERS, Thursday July 10th, The Chapel:
Local band WATERS is headlining one of our favorite intimate venues on July 10th. Expect to hear lots of previews of their upcoming full length record. Whether you make it to the show or not, we recommend checking out their highly catchy single “Got to My Head.”
The She’s, Thursday July 10th, Bottom of the Hill:
Local all-girl band The She’s headline Bottom of the Hill on July 10th. Though they’re younger than most bands, you’ll be intrigued by their surf-rock music.
The Antlers, Friday July 11th, Great American Music Hall:
An incredibly versatile group fronted by Peter Silberman, The Antlers produce music that deserves revisiting. With songs and albums that are deep both musically and lyrically, The Atler promote thought and prove to be surprisingly moving.
Aaron Embry, Saturday July 12th, Neck of the Woods:
The ex-pianist from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros released his first solo album in late 2012 and is now in the process of recording his second full length record. Catch him at Neck of the Woods for a night full of the multi-talented Embry's guitar, piano, and harmonica.
OK Go, Wednesday July 16th, The Independent:
OK Go is known for their insane one-shot music videos, and their live shows are equally impressive. With their high energy performances, we can't think of a better venue for this alternative band.
The Polyphonic Spree, Wednesday July 16th, Slim’s:
This choral rock band relies on a nearly 20 member touring group to perform. At a venue as small and intimate as Slim’s, it’s going to be a cozy night for this psychedelic pop group.
Andy Grammer, Thursday July 17th, Great American Music Hall:
Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer brings his pop rock tour to the Great American on July 17th. Known for his hit single "Keep Your Head Up," we're sure this will be a fun show.
Say Anything, Tuesday July 22nd, The Regency Ballroom:
Say Anything has been a figurehead of the alternative scene for over a decade, and while they’re not at the forefront anymore, their music has adapted to reflect that. Their latest album, Hebrews, explores different styles and has a vibe that is unique among Say Anything’s discography. After fourteen years, they’re still touring the nation and will be stopping at The Regency Ballroom.
The Soft White Sixties, Thursday July 24th, Rickshaw Stop:
We just can’t get enough of these guys and we won’t stop promoting them. With monthly appearances on both sides of the Bay, there’s plenty of opportunities to spend an evening with one of our favorite local bands.
The Neighbourhood, Friday and Saturday July 25th and 26th, The Fox:
After rescheduling their April show for July 25th, it sold out so fast that another date was added the following night. If that's not good enough to get you to go, then we suggest checking them out online and buying tickets before the second night sells out.
Tickets: Friday Sold Out
Santana, Sunday July 27th, Shoreline Amphitheatre:
Carlos Santana. Shoreline Amphitheatre. A sunday evening. Do we really need to sell you on this one?
Wolfmother, Monday July 28th, The Fillmore:
Australian rock band Wolfmother will be stopping by The Fillmore in support of their third LP New Crown, released this March. After winning the 2007 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Woman,” you won’t want to miss them live.
Arcade Fire, Wednesday July 30th, Shoreline Amphitheatre:
After catching their performances both weekends of Coachella, we can guarantee this will be one of your favorite shows this summer. Currently touring for their latest album Reflektor, fans can expect 110% from Win Butler, his wife Regine Chassange, and the rest of the band. At previous shows on the tour, celebrities such as Aaron Paul and Lorde have appeared on stage in the oversized head costumes made famous by the “Reflektor” video.
Miniature Tigers, Thursday July 31st, Rickshaw Stop:
The four piece indie pop band from Brooklyn will be headlining the Rickshaw Stop, presented by Popscene and First City Festival. In 2006, Rolling Stone listed them as one of the “25 best bands on Myspace.” Though we haven’t checked out a band’s Myspace page in years, their live act is still as cool as Myspace was in 2006.