With an insane lineup for August, we weren’t sure September could be any better. It’s safe to say we were wrong. There are a few common themes this month in our lineup that you may notice, mainly David Letterman and European bands.

Shilpa Ray, Monday and Wednesday September 1st and 3rd, Night Lights and Brick & Mortar

If you’re looking for a newer band and have a knack for unique titles, you can stop looking now. Touring in support of her EP It’s All Self Fellatio, Shilpa Ray and her band will be in town for two nights, once in Oakland and once in San Francisco supporting She Keeps Bees. What else are you going to do on a week night?

Monday tickets here:

Wednesday tickets here

The Head and the Heart, Friday September 5th, Greek Theatre Berkeley

To be honest we’re surprised this hasn’t sold out yet... plus it’s being live streamed, so if you want your chance to do something stupid on the internet, you’ve got it. The Head and the Heart have been one of our favorite bands since we first caught them at Coachella 2012. After selling out the Fox in December, pianist Kenny Hensley told us they were itching for a show at the Greek. That itch has been scratched, and you won’t want to miss it.

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New American Farmers, Friday September 5th, Great American Music Hall

Local band New American Farmers will be celebrating the release of their second album, The Farmacology Sessions. Though the folk/rock duo’s album is officially released on the 14th of October, you can get it in person at the show. If you’re into a mix of country, folk, bluegrass and Americana, you won’t want to miss this.

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Passenger, Thursday September 11th, Fox Theater Oakland

English singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, also known as Passenger, is on tour supporting his 5th studio album, Whispers, released in June. You’ll likely recognize the explosively popular single “Let Her Go” from being on the radio constantly the past year or so.

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Owen Pallett, Friday September 12th, Great American Music Hall

No longer going by his alias Final Fantasy, the Canadian violinist is stopping by San Francisco. You might recognize his work from the Her soundtrack, which he collaborated on with Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. He’s known for his live performances, in which he plays his violin into a loop pedal, layering over himself to create a unique sound, as well as a unique show, each time.

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The Avett Brothers, Saturday September 13th, Greek Theatre Berkeley

This summer’s lineup for the Greek is stronger than ever before with a packed September. Famed folk band The Avett Brothers will be headlining the Greek for what’s sure to be a lovely evening.

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Lily Kershaw, Sunday September 14th, Hotel Utah

Folk singer Lily Kershaw is bringing her headlining tour to the Hotel Utah. As a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, the 21 year old does it all. Expect a nice intimate performance at the 100-or-so person venue.

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CHVRCHES, Thursday September 18th, Fox Theater Oakland

Electronic band Chvrches is coming all the way from Scotland for a sold out show at the Fox. The three-piece band formed in 2011 and released their debut single a year later. Take note: it’s pronounced “churches” — the V is actually a Roman numeral.

Tickets: Sold Out but check StubHub

Airborne Toxic Event, Thursday/Friday/Saturday September 18th-20th, The Fillmore

The Airborne Toxic Event is kicking off their fall tour with a three night residency at The Fillmore. The band has been all over social media sharing their excitement for the shows. To make it extra special, the first night they will play their first album in its entirety, the second night their second album, and the third night they will play their entire third album (plus more of course.) As a long time fan of the band myself, these will be incredible shows that shouldn’t be missed.

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Friday Tickets here

Saturday Tickets here

Mad Decent Block Party, Friday September 19th, Greek Theatre Berkeley

Cashmere Cat, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Fatboy Slim, Flosstradamus, and STRFKR. Need we even say more? The fact that these six names are on one bill is unreal. Though the EDM genre definitely isn’t for everyone, if you’re into it, this is your night. Be there or be square.

Tickets: Sold Out but check StubHub

Beck, Friday September 19th, The Masonic (Opening Night!)

San Francisco’s newest venue, The Masonic, is reopening its doors after major renovations. To kick it off, they’ve recruited Beck, and we can’t think of anyone better. After his wildly fun and popular set at Coachella, you’ll find us there in line early to get up close. Bonus points if he brings his ten year old son Cosimo on stage to play the tambourine.

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Kaiser Chiefs, Friday September 19th, Regency Ballroom

These indie-rockers, hailing from England, are coming to the Regency Ballroom this month. For our first of two David Letterman stories, he actually bought a drum set from them after they performed on his show in 2012. Who knew David Letterman was so into drums?

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Scars on 45, Friday September 19th, Bimbo’s

English indie-rock band Scars on 45 is on tour promoting their second full length album, Safety in Numbers. They’ll be supporting Better than Ezra and we reckon this will be quite a night.

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Interpol, Saturday September 20th, Fox Theater Oakland

The New York band is touring in support of their latest album, due out September 5th, titled El Pintor. This is their first album since bassist Carlos Dengler left in 2010. Taking over on bass is lead singer Paul Banks, with Brandon Curtis on the keys. There was so much hype surrounding the show that it’s currently sold out, but if you’re a dedicated Interpol fan, you likely already have tickets.

Tickets: Sold Out but check StubHub

Old Crow Medicine Show, Saturday September 20th, The Masonic

If you’re at the Avett Brothers show, chances are you’ll also be here the next weekend. Bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show is headlining night number two at the Masonic, kicking off a truly fantastic lineup for their first week. We’ve seen Old Crow before and even though we aren’t huge bluegrass people, we couldn’t help but to smile and dance along during their set.

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Train, Sunday and Monday September 21st-22nd, The Masonic

Whoever the booking manager is for The Masonic is a seriously talented individual. The weekend never stops at The Masonic, with two Train shows on Sunday and Monday night. Expect an extra special show as the band is based out of here and we’d imagine they’re pretty stoked about two nights at a brand new hometown venue.

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Karen O, Monday September 22nd, Great American Music Hall

Karen O, lead singer of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will release her first solo album, Crush Songs, on September 8th, and is going on tour to celebrate. We’re surprised they’ve got her at such a small venue, and we’re certain it will sell out. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 9/2 at noon, online only, and will call only.

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Modest Mouse, Friday September 26th, The Masonic

Alright seriously, this lineup just gets better and better (you should see October too). Though the indie-rockers haven’t released an album since 2009, Modest Mouse still tours frequently. We caught their Coachella set in 2013 and can say from experience, this will be a good one.

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Paolo Nutini, Friday September 26th, Fox Theater Oakland

Having released his first album since 2009 in April, Scottish singer Paolo Nutini is on tour for his third full length, Caustic Love. Paolo is known for performing entire sets with his eyes closed, so don’t expect a lot of intense movement from him, but do expect a great show. Side note: check out a Youtube video here to see him cover “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book. It’ll bring back memories.

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The Orwells, Saturday September 27th, Slim’s

Though American rock band The Orwells aren’t even old enough to drink (legally), they’re already gaining a reputation for wild live performances. Their performance on David Letterman earlier this year left the audience begging for more, but with broken guitar strings, they physically couldn’t. Paul Shaffer and the house band decided to appease the crowd and began to play The Orwells’ songs, even impersonating lead singer Mario Cuomo’s dance moves. We think Slim’s is the perfect venue for a fresh rock and roll band.

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Now and Zen Fest, Sunday September 28th, Golden Gate Park

Bay Area radio station Alice 97.3 puts on this yearly festival to close out summer in Golden Gate Park. This year’s lineup includes The Neon Trees, Matt Nathanson, American Authors, and Lindsey Stirling. These names all scream fun. We recommend taking advantage of our long California summers and bringing a blanket and some delicious food to complement the mood.

Tickets: It’s free!

Sam Smith, Sunday September 28th, Fox Theater Oakland

Sam Smith has been blowing up on our radar all summer and we can’t wait for him to be here in the Bay. Though the show sold out quickly, there’s always a way in to catch the British singer-songwriter in the flesh.

Tickets: Sold Out but check StubHub

The Pixies with Royal Blood, Tuesday September 30th, The Masonic

Alternative rockers The Pixies have been back in full force since their reunion in 2004. Though they’ve changed bassists a couple of times, they had no problem selling out The Fox multiple times in the past year. On tour with them is Royal Blood, who have also been on our radar for awhile now. The British duo recently have been opening up for the Arctic Monkeys and Interpol. Their self-titled debut LP was just released this past week and you can catch it live at the Masonic this month.

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