May 1, 2014

This is our list of top picks for concerts this month! We've also included links for tickets to the shows as well, just click the bold Tickets below each description!


Thursday May 1st - A Million Billion Dying Suns - The Make-Out Room:

We saw these guys last week opening for The Soft White Sixties at Slim’s and were hooked. This local transcendental rock band is not to be missed. Stick around after and talk to them too, they’re pretty nice.


Friday May 2nd - Manchester Orchestra - The Fillmore:

Indie rockers Manchester Orchestra are touring in support of their fourth album, Cope. If you can’t make it to the show we recommend their in-store acoustic performance at Amoeba Records in San Francisco at 5pm.


Monday May 5th - Ingrid Michaelson - The Fox Theatre Oakland:

What better way to spend your Cinco de Mayo than with this singer-songwriter? Known for her hits “You and I” and “Be OK,” we can guarantee that this will be a fun, intimate show in a perfect-sized venue.


Tuesday May 6th - Debbie Neigher - Amnesia:

Local artist Debbie Neigher released her second album, Unravel, in November and is currently touring to promote it. Having drawn comparisons to Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, you won’t want to miss this one.

Tuesday May 6th - Break of Reality - DNA Lounge:

This “cello rock” group is on a mission to change our expectations for rock concerts. These indie rockers are best known for their “Game of Thrones” theme song cover on Youtube. We have high expectations for this very affordable show.


Friday May 9th - Rodrigo y Gabriela - The Fox Theatre Oakland:

Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela just released their 5th studio album, 9 Dead Alive, on April 28th and are hitting the road to support it. They prefer not to associate with a specific genre, calling their music a fusion from numerous influences, specializing in fast, rhythmic guitar.


Saturday May 10th - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with Poolside, Ra Ra Riot and more - Golden Gate Park @ The San Francisco Oyster Festival:

This is one of our most anticipated events for May. Headlined by one of our favorite bands, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, plus tons of great food and other great bands will make this one great Saturday.

Tickets: Use our exclusive Culture Shock discount code! 

Wednesday May 14th - James Blunt - The Fillmore:

If for nothing else, go for “You’re Beautiful.” Besides, do you have any better plans on a Wednesday night?


Friday May 16th - Strange Talk - Rickshaw Stop:

We caught these Australian rockers at The Regency Ballroom in March supporting Blondfire and The Sounds. Their synthpop style and cool accents will make you swoon all night.


Sunday May 18th - Jesse Boykins III - The Independent

World soul singer Jesse Boykins III is on tour celebrating the release of his latest album Love Apparatus. His combination of R&B and soul will make you forget it's a Sunday night and just want to dance.


Tuesday May 20th - Cage the Elephant with Foals - The Fox Theatre Oakland:

This alternative rock band now has three albums under their belt. You can be sure to hear hits from all three this tour, and their infectious energy will fill the Fox for a night of fun. Plus lead singer Matt Shultz is known for his kooky crowd surfing antics, which we can personally attest to after he ate a pineapple while standing above us at Coachella.


Friday May 23rd - PAPA - The Independent:

One of our favorite live bands of 2013, PAPA, returns to San Francisco at a venue twice the size of their last show here. We dig their anthem rock tunes and sweet beards. Prepare for a killer show.


Wednesday May 28th - Hugh Laurie & the Copper Bottom Band - The Fillmore:

Dr. House isn’t just a doctor. This multitalented actor, musician, and comedian will take the stage at The Fillmore to play the blues with The Copper Bottom Band.


Friday May 30th thru Sunday June 1st - BottleRock Napa Valley:

Northern California’s acclaimed music festival is back for it’s second year with a lineup that features significant 90’s throwbacks. Headliners include Outkast, the Fray, Weezer, The Cure, and Third Eye Blind. Good food, good wine, good scenery, and good music are guaranteed.