As the gem of the Bay Area, San Francisco attracts some pretty great concerts. There are tons of artists hitting town this month, and we’ve chosen some of our top picks for shows that we think are worth attending. Check out our list of the best upcoming concerts in San Francisco, and if none of these strike your fancy, take a look at more upcoming concerts in San Francisco.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
As a six-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel without a doubt has one of the biggest tours of the year. He is among the best-selling recording artists of all time, with hits spanning several decades, and has achieved iconic status as a musician. In 2014 he signed on to be the first-ever music franchise at Madison Square Garden, agreeing to play one show per month at the venue with no established end date. Don’t miss the Piano Man himself when he comes to San Francisco’s AT&T Park on September 5.
with Twin Peaks & Swimmers
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wavves is the indie rock project of San Diego songwriter Nathan Williams. The band came onto the scene with a lo-fi beach rock sound on their well-received eponymous debut in 2008, and following a lineup change released their sophomore effort, the notably more polished King of the Beach, in 2010. Their latest album, Afraid of Heights, shows Wavves moving towards a more punk rock sound and is their highest-charting album to date.
True Colors Tour
Starting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
German producer Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) rose to prominence in 2010 with his remix of the popular Skrillex track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” He is best known for his 2012 single “Clarity,” which rose to the top of the Billboard dance charts. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2014. In addition to his own successful singles, he has released a number of popular remixes for artists like Armand Van Helden, B.o.B., and Lady Gaga. Earlier this year, Zedd released his second album, True Colors.
Empire of the SunTickets
with St. Lucia & Holy Ghost!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Australian electronic glam pop duo Empire of the Sun formed in Sydney in 2007. The group, often compared to Daft Punk, consists of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore, who had been collaborating together for years before officially forming Empire of the Sun. They released their debut album, Walking on a Dream, in 2008. The record went platinum in their home country of Australia, while the title track became an international hit. Their sophomore album, Ice on the Dune, arrived in 2013 and featured the hit single “Alive.” Empire of the Sun is currently working on a third album titled Every Ocean Tells a Story. Their live show is one not to miss, and features elaborate setups and extravagant costumes.
with The Lovely Bad Things
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Best Coast is an indie rock duo consisting of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno. After gaining some attention for their initial recordings, the band signed with Mexican Summer and released their debut album Crazy For You, a collection of lo-fi, surf rock-inspired songs that was met with surprising commercial success. They followed that up two years later with their sophomore effort The Only Place, which had a much more polished sound quality than their debut. Best Coast issued an EP on Cosentino’s new label in 2013, and just released a new album called California Nights in May.
Starting on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Funk band Lettuce formed in Boston in 1992, when its members were all attending Berklee College of Music. They got their start playing in jazz clubs in the Boston area before building up a substantial following through word of mouth. Lettuce has released four albums since 2002, and they are particularly known for their energetic and highly entertaining live shows.
Rock or Bust World Tour
Friday, September 25, 2015
One of the best-selling acts of all time, Australian rock band AC/DC, is back on the road this year for their Rock or Bust World Tour. Formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, AC/DC underwent plenty of lineup changes in its formative years, the most devastating being the loss of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. Later that year, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson, after which they recorded Back in Black, their highest-grossing album and one of the best-selling albums of all time. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, and to this day continues making music and touring around the globe. The band released a new album, Rock or Bust, in 2014, just after the departure of Malcolm Young. Their upcoming world tour will serve to promote their new album as well as celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.
Years & YearsTickets
with Tei Shi
Monday, September 28, 2015
British electronic trio Years & Years formed in London in 2010. The group consists of frontman Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, and keyboardist Emre Turkman. As Years & Years, they have released a number of successful singles so far, and they just dropped their debut album, titled Communion, this June.
Tobias Jesso Jr.Tickets
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. got his start when he passed along his demos to former Girls bassist JR White. Soon, he was recording with White, signed a record deal with True Panther, and quickly earned early support from Adele, who Tweeted his music out to her millions of fans. His debut album, Goon, came out in early 2015, and features a series of lovely and heart-wrenching piano ballads that prove the merits of minimalism with strong songwriting.
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Past Concerts in San Francisco
with Alex Winston
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Though they have been a band for a whole decade now, Provo, Utah’s Neon Trees didn’t make it big until 2010 when they released their album “Habits.” The record delivered their breakthrough hit, the catchy alt-pop tune “Animal,” which reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative chart and broke into the mainstream top 40. Since then, the band has churned out several new wave-inspired pop hits, becoming a strong presence on both mainstream and alternative radio stations.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Whitesnake was formed in the late 1970s by former Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale. The band’s first few albums sort of got lost among all the other countless glam metal bands out there, but by 1984 they were appearing on the charts. Their self-titled 1987 album, however, is what really put them on the map, having contained their two most commercially successful singles, “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love.” Earlier this year, the band released “The Purple Album,” which is a collection of Deep Purple re-recordings.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
You may not have heard of San Cisco, but this up-and-coming Australian indie pop group is making some great music, and they’re named after your city, so we think they’re a band you should know about. If you like music that’s upbeat, charming and sweet, then you should give them a shot.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Television emerged out of NYC’s famed 1970s punk scene alongside other influential groups like The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie. The band has since gone down in punk rock history as a defining force in the genre, a reputation upheld by the lasting legacy of their acclaimed debut album “Marquee Moon.” Currently, Television is the most active they’ve been in years, selling out shows around the world in between working on a new record. You won’t want to miss these punk pioneers when they play The Fillmore later this month.
Thee Oh SeesTickets
with Feral Ohms & P.o.w.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hard-rocking and unapologetic, San Francisco’s own Thee Oh Sees makes noisy, chaotic, garage-influenced psych rock. Fronted by John Dwyer since its inception, the band has put out a number of records under several variations of their name (OCS, then The OhSees, and finally Thee Oh Sees). The group has kept busy with a steady stream of albums having been released over the last few years with no long gaps in between, and they are set to come out with another later this year.
The MTrain Tour
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Last year, pop singer Meghan Trainor became an instant sensation with her catchy, body-positive single “All About That Bass.” After the song’s music video became a huge hit on YouTube, it eventually climbed the Billboard 200, and the rest was history. Now barely a year in the spotlight, the 21-year-old already has platinum album sales, #1 hits in several countries, and two Grammy nominations.
Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets Tickets
Fly Over Tour
Saturday, July 25, 2015
There are so many throwback concert tours happening this summer that it’s almost hard to keep track. That being said, Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets’ co-headlining Fly Over Tour is definitely one to check out if you’re nostalgic for the ’80s and ’90s. Their show in San Francisco is the last stop on the tour, so it’s bound to be a great one.
Third Eye Blind & Dashboard ConfessionalTickets
Starting on Saturday, July 25, 2015
Among the many nostalgic tours we’re excited about this year, this is definitely one of the best. ’90s pop-rock kings Third Eye Blind are teaming up for a co-headlining tour with the emo band to end all emo bands, Dashboard Confessional. This one’s perfect for the generation that grew up listening to “Semi-Charmed Life” on the radio and then graduated to blasting “Hands Down” through your headphones during your angsty teen years. You can relive all of that when both bands come to town to play TWO nights at Nob Hill Masonic Center in July.
Friday, July 31, 2015
New York-based electronic rock duo Ratatat features programmer and multi-instrumentalist Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud. After coming together in the early 2000s and issuing their first single, Ratatat eventually signed to XL Records, who released their self-titled debut LP in 2004. Appealing to fans of both the electronic and rock genres, they’ve built up a solid fan base and earned plenty of commercial success over the last decade. This summer, the duo is expected to release their first new album in five years. The new record, titled “Magnifique,” drops July 17.
Outside Lands Music & Arts FestivalTickets
Starting on Friday, August 7, 2015
What would this list be without San Francisco’s premier annual music event, Outside Lands? This year’s festival takes place August 7-9, and as usual will be held in the city’s beautiful Golden Gate Park. Attendees will have the chance to see such acts as Elton John, The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Wilco, and plenty more.