As the weather starts to cool off, our favorite outdoor venues are winding down their lineups. Look through our list of top picks for this month and we can guarantee you’ll pick a good show.

You can listen to all of these bands on our October Spotify playlist here

Thursday, Oct 2nd and Friday, October 3rd

Lorde at the Greek Theatre Berkeley

The 17 year old Kiwi is touring with her debut album Pure Heroine. After making waves with her hit single “Royals” last year, Lorde proved her potential to run with the best in the business. Lorde has made it clear that this tour will include plenty of surprises, keeping her material fresh. Killing it at Coachella 2014 and the Grammy’s with her convulsive dance moves, Lorde will be an entertaining show you don’t want to miss.

Thursday tickets here

Friday tickets here

 

Friday, Oct 3rd

Explosions in the Sky, The Masonic

The Texas bred band has been laying low for awhile, making this their first tour in a while. They describe their own music as “cathartic mini-symphonies.” You can be the judge of that. Be sure to look out for their new fifth member, Carlos Torres, on bass.

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Oct 3rd-5th

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park,

Dawes, Conor Oberst, The Aquabats!, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many, many more take over Golden Gate Park for three days of great music. Friday is Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which brings Bay Area school kids to the festival to listen and learn about the importance of music. This is something you’ll definitely want to go to, and the fact that it’s completely free means you have no excuse.

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Wednesday, Oct 8th

Angus & Julia Stone, The Independent

Siblings Angus and Julia Stone are back with a new album that they claim outdoes any of their previous tunes. The Aussie duo hit it big with “Big Jet Plane” in 2007 and are now touring with their third self-titled album. This may be the last chance you have to see the two live; rumor has it they won’t be touring again.

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Friday, Oct 10th

Violent Femmes, The Fillmore

The Violent Femmes are freshly reunited, and it feels so good. One of our favorite ‘80s alt-rock bands is back and better than ever. Playing hits like “Blister in the Sun,” the Violent Femmes are going back to their roots and rolling with the oldies.

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Saturday, Oct 11th

Bahamas, Slim’s

It might not be a trip to the Bahamas, but it is a ticket to melodic paradise. Debuting his newest album Bahamas is Afie, the self-produced artist, Afie Jurvanen, hopes to tell a coming-of-age story. Come out for a night of guitar mastery and pop hooks that will have everyone swaying.

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Saturday, Oct 11th

Christopher Owens, Great American Music Hall

Frontrunner from the now dismantled indie-rock group Girls, Christopher Owens is touring solo. His most recent single, “A New Testament,” is completely different from his old music. A country-meets-gospel style, Owens may have found the inspiration from his childhood in the Children of God cult — a past he is not necessarily too proud of.

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Sunday, Oct 12th

Gerard Way, The Fillmore

My Chemical Romance’s former frontman tours with his debut solo album Hesitant Alien. Most critics say the MCR singer has brought a whole new Britpop style to his new sound, one that’s very different from his band days. Any MCR fans out there will definitely find it worth it to see him live.

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Monday, Oct 13th

Walk the Moon, Slim’s

The Ohio based band made it big back in 2011 with their summer hit “Anna Sun.” Touring to promote their upcoming album, the indie-rock band is bringing their sound to cities all over the USA. The new album comes out in late 2014, so this tour is a rare opportunity to hear their new music before the album is released.

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Tuesday, Oct 14th

Ray LaMontagne, Fox Theater Oakland

The singer-songwriter is back performing his newest album Supernova. LaMontagne walked offstage after cursing out a couple arguing in the front row at his concert in July. Our takeaway? Be on your best behavior, you never know what to expect.

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Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 14th-15th

Of Montreal, Great American Music Hall

After releasing a documentary on themselves titled, The Past is a Grotesque Animal, Of Montreal is spreading their rock rhythm throughout the country. Any band that’s described by Wikipedia as being heavily influenced by the Beatles and the Kinks has to be a must-see (but actually go see them.)

Tuesday tickets here

Wednesday tickets here

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 14th-15th

Culture Collide Festival, Multiple Venues

The Culture Collide Festival is all about experiencing the sounds of the world. Featuring bands from the USA, Mexico, Peru, Norway, Jordan, Sweden, Israel, and many more, this festival is sure to provide you with new, exotic music.

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Friday, Oct 17th

Cherub with Ghost Beach, The Fillmore

Cherub brought their hit “Doses and Mimosas” to the radio this past year and now they’ll take on the crowds with their Champagne Showers Tour. Their new album Year of the Caprese was released earlier this May and features their trippy vocals and fun lyrics. Opening for Cherub is Ghost Beach, a self-proclaimed “tropical grit pop” band. They released their album Blonde earlier this year. These two together will definitely be a party.

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Friday, Oct 17th

Childish Gambino, Greek Theatre Berkeley

Comedian Donald Glover comes to the stage with his witty lyrics as Childish Gambino at the large, yet surprisingly intimate, Greek Theatre. Best known for his lyric in “You See Me” which gives a shout-out to the ladies of UCLA, Childish Gambino became recognized for his comical approach to rapping. The Deep Web tour will feature songs from his newest album Because the Internet and (fingers crossed) some of the classics.

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Friday, Oct 17th

Hunter Hunted, Slim’s

The LA born indie-pop duo comes to SF on their In the Wilderness tour. After releasing their EP earlier this year, the group was recognized when their track “Keep Together” played on the radio. Opening and touring with a number of bands, Hunter Hunted comes widely suggested by the indie music community.

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Saturday and Sunday, Oct 18th-19th

Treasure Island Music Festival, Treasure Island

Outkast, Zedd, Janelle Monae, Alt-J, St. Lucia, The Growlers, XXYYXX, Chet Faker means a killer lineup for both Saturday and Sunday of the Treasure Island Music Festival. We suggest buying your tickets ASAP, this festival will be good as gold.

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Sunday and Tuesday, Oct 19th & 21st

A Special Evening with Nas, Fox Theater Oakland

What sounds better than Nas, music, and a movie? Watch a screening of Tribeca Films’ newest documentary, Nas: Time is Illmatic, followed by a live performance of the entirety of his album, Illmatic. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of his legendary music at a truly legendary venue.

Sunday tickets here

Tuesday tickets here

 

Wednesday, Oct 22nd

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with Miniature Tigers, The Fillmore

Born in a basement, the Michigan duo takes the stage performing songs from their latest LP The Speed of Things. They last headlined The Fillmore in March and it was awesome. With an opening act like Miniature Tigers, whose album Cruel Runnings should definitely be on your playlist, the concert will not disappoint.

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Thursday, Oct 23rd

Milky Chance, Rickshaw Stop

Their song “Stolen Dance” hit the radio this summer bringing Milky Chance to the top of the charts worldwide. This is your opportunity to hear their sweet, soft melodies live. The German duo tours in support of their debut LP Sadnecessary.

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Friday, Oct 24th

Foxygen, The Fillmore

This California trio has vintage vocals that would sound great on a record player. They will be touring to promote their upcoming album ...And Star Power, due out on October 14th. We’ve found Foxygen’s sound to be perfect pretty much anywhere or anytime. Known for their wild stage antics, we can ensure this will be a great show.

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Friday, Oct 24th

Megafauna, Hotel Utah

We've recommended Megafauna before and they're back again! Thursday the 23rd is a sold out show at Bottom of the Hill so we recommend catching them on Friday at the Hotel Utah.

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Saturday, Oct 25th

Rachael Yamagata, The Independent

Outdoor enthusiast and adventurist Rachael Yamagata comes to the stage as a one-woman show. Mastering the guitar, piano, and vocals, Yamagata has performed with Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne, Bright Eyes, and many more. You won’t want to miss her alt-act at one of our favorite venues.

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Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Oct 27th-29th

Phish, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Nineties rock band Phish makes their way back to the stage for a performance to remember. Known for their musical improvisation and extended jams, the group will spend three thrilling nights at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Their latest album Fuego was released earlier this year and does not disappoint. You will not regret this night, or these nights, of rock.

All three nights are Sold Out but definitely check Craigslist or StubHub for a last minute deal.

 

Tuesday, Oct 28th

Broken Bells, The Masonic

Indie-rock band Broken Bells comes to SF for one night only. Their latest album, After the Disco, was released this February and hit the top five in the US alternative charts. After seeing them twice earlier this year, we can guarantee their spacey sound will be a night to remember.

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Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Oct 28th-30th

Bob Dylan, The Paramount Theatre-Oakland

Bob. Dylan. The American singer-songwriter legend makes his way around the USA giving us a taste of his classic folk music. In early November Dylan will release The Basement Tapes Complete, the 11th volume to his Bootleg Series.

Tuesday tickets here

Wednesday tickets here

Thursday tickets here

 

Tuesday, Oct 28th

Pegi Young and the Survivors, The Chapel

Ex-wife of legendary rocker Neil Young, Pegi Young started her band, Pegi Young and the Survivors, back in 2010. Their last album was released in 2011 and is titled Bracing for Impact. Performing in a variety of styles, Young describes her music as “just trying to tell a story.”

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Thursday, Oct 30th

Yelle, The Regency Ballroom

The French popstar hit it big with her song “Ce Jeu” in America a few years back. Her newest single released in August, “Completement fou,” has become her most listened to song on Spotify. Even if you don’t know a lick of French, Yelle has a fun beat that just makes you want to dance and pretend like you do know what she’s saying. C’est magnifique!

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Thursday, Oct 30th

Pond, The Independent

Australian psych-rockers will be heading to The Independent on their first ever US headlining tour. After a run on the festival circuit this year, you won't want to miss them at this venue your 100,000 closest friends.

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