FREE SHOWS: Futurebirds • Tea Leaf Green • Big Black Delta • Kelly McFarling

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Futurebirds
The Independent ~ Thursday 7/18

Futurebirds are back in the Bay Area this Thursday following an excellent evening set at High Sierra Music Festival July 7. Born from the innovative musical hotbed that is Athens, Georgia, Futurebirds unleashed their second long player Baba Yaga April 16. Country-alt rock twisted with Southern sensibilities might be the first thing that’s noticeable when listening to their studio recordings. But upon further listens, and certainly during their live show, subtle psychedelic sounds become more obvious, adding a tasty texture layer to their already palatable brew. -Mike Frash

For fans of: Jim James, Band of Horses, The Woods Brothers, The Whigs


Tea Leaf Green
The New Parish ~ Saturday 7/20

This Saturday, Bay Area natives Tea Leaf Green return to the New Parish in Oakland for an evening of face melting guitar solos, sweet melodies and improvisational rock. These monsters of rock have been in the game for over 20 years, however it was the 2007 addition of virtuosic bassist Reed Mathis that marked a turning point for the band. Since then they have been recording and touring at an unprecedented rate. Off the heels of their latest album In the Wake, the fourth album since Reed joined the band, Tea Leaf Green is easily making the best music of their careers. -Kevin Raos

For fans of: Railroad Earth, Anders Osborne, Phish


Big Black Delta
The Independent ~ Friday 7/19

Far from the cookie cutter hipster pretense associated with Echo Park, CA, Jonathan Bates brings his experimental electronic outfit Big Black Delta to the Bay Area this week. Bates’ musical background includes a stint as a lo-fi indie rock front man in Mellowdrone and bandmate of one of the most successful breakthrough acts of 2012, M83. Jonathan took to the road this past year in support of his debut self-titled album. The record dropped this past April, he is currently in the home stretch of his North American tour, rounding out the year with dates in the UK. Headlining the Independent this Friday, Bates brings his unique brand of darkly synthesized pop rock with support from San Francisco’s own, Breakdown Valentine. -Molly Kish

For fans of: STRFKR, Twin Shadow, Matthew Dear, The Cars.


Kelly McFarling
Brick & Mortar ~ Friday 7/19

In a city she claims as her second home, soulful songstress Kelly McFarling will be celebrating the release of her second full length album, Ridgeline, this Friday at Brick and Mortar. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia where she developed her vocal stylings in church choirs and baseball stadiums, McFarling has since traveled the world playing for sold out audiences on both local and international stages. She honed her skills as a singer, songwriter and self-taught banjo player during time spent in Bay Area recording studios and collaborating with fellow local artists. McFarling developed her sound as part of the San Francisco music community, and she was encouraged to perform on stage for the first time ever during an open mic at local venue Hotel Utah. Five years later, she’s become a staple within the folk rock scene of San Francisco and has gained the attention of national media outlets, various record labels and legions of adoring fans. -Molly Kish

For fans of: Aimee Mann, St. Vincent, Neko Case

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