With summer now behind us, our attention has diverted from anticipated album releases to the announcements of artists touring their new material. September is an especially busy month for live shows, as the surrounding peninsulas are subjected to the likes of Angel Olsen, Phoenix, Arcade Fire, and more!
Angel Olsen is performing on September 7 at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, as well as on September 10 at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. The Tiny Dreams Solo Tour will be Olsen’s first since 2014, featuring material from last year’s “Phases”, as well as “My Woman” and “Burn Your Fire for No Witness.”
Phoenix is continuing their Ti Amo world tour with Cut Copy and Sir Sly on September 8 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Following the release of their most recent album, “Hypochondriac” on August 24, The Frights are performing with HUNNY and Hot Flash Heat Wave at The Fillmore in San Francisco on September 9.
Future Islands are performing on September 12 in Oakland at the Fox Theater. Prior to the release of last year’s, “The Far Field”, Future Islands have opened for artists as established as Morrissey, Grace Jones, and Phantogram.
HONNE is touring their new album that released on August 24, “Love Me/Love Me Not”, in San Francisco at The Warfield on September 15 and in Santa Cruz at The Catalyst on September 16. STRFKR has a residency at The Independent in San Francisco from September 15–17.
After gaining widespread popularity from her collaborations with Tyler, The Creator last year, Kali Uchis is performing on September 17 and September 18 in San Francisco at The Warfield. Her debut album, “Isolation”, was released on April 6 and features artists such as Tyler, The Creator, Bootsy Collins, and the Gorillaz.
Blood Orange is performing in Oakland on September 20 at the Fox Theater. Dev Hynes’ fourth studio album as Blood Orange was released on August 24, following 2016’s, “Freetown Sound.” Hynes has also worked with artists including Solange Knowles, Britney Spears, and HAIM, as well as scored the movie soundtrack for 2014’s, “Palo Alto.”
Arcade Fire is performing on September 21 and September 22 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Jonathan Wilson is also performing on September 21 and September 22 at The Independent in San Francisco with William Tyler. After collaborating last year with fellow Bella Union artist, Father John Misty, on his Grammy award-winning album, “Pure Comedy”, Wilson has since released his third solo studio album, “Rare Birds.”
The 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is taking place September 21–23 at Monterey County Fairgrounds, featuring artists such as Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, and Dianne Reeves.
Hoodie Allen is performing on September 23 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The self-made rapper, University of Pennsylvania alumni, and former Google employee is embarking on yet another Hanging with Hoodie tour, which features 35 dates at intimate venues across the nation and a meet and greet included with every ticket.
Big Thief is performing with The National on September 24 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley and on September 26 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. After the release of “Capacity” last year, Big Thief has since opened for artists including Father John Misty, Angel Olsen, and Perfume Genius.
Parquet Courts are performing on September 27 at The Fillmore in San Francisco and on September 28 at The Ritz in San Jose in promotion of their latest album, “Wide Awake!,” released earlier this year.
Japanese Breakfast is touring their most recent album, “Soft Sounds from Another Planet” released last year, with Ought at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on September 29 and September 30.
Tickets for all of the shows mentioned are available on Ticketmaster, Stubhub, and the artists’ websites.
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