Peacocks/Pink Monsters (self-released)
Peacocks/Pink Monsters will remind you that metal’s roots lie in classical music just as much as in the blues. Not just in the sense that the album features extensive use of violin and cello — the structure and arrangement is heavily classical-influenced, too. There have been a surfeit of instrumental metal bands lately, but Judgement Day is up there with Boris and Russian Circles among the best of them.
At Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) on February 26. 9 p.m., $12
Lay The Buddha Down (self-released)
This EP will make you wish Addison would hurry up and release a full album. With crunchy, jagged rock guitars and melodic vocals, “Freeze Out” falls at the heavier end of the indie spectrum. Addison has been around for a while and it shows — its sound is tight and well arranged. Catchy and immensely likeable.
At Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on February 19. 9:30 p.m., $10
There’s a new rock bar in town, and it’s called Heart & Dagger Saloon, located at 504 Lake Park Avenue, between Lakeshore and Grand avenues. Occupying the space that once housed the Serenader, the remodeled bar will offer pool, pinball, a back patio, drink specials, and door prizes at its official grand opening today (going on now till 2 a.m.) and tomorrow (noon to 2 a.m.). The cash-only bar promises “cheap drinks, good music [via DJs and jukebox], and a laid-back atmosphere.”
Looking for that elusive part for your amp? Or how about a new guitar? At the 7th Bay Area Musicians and DIY Electronic Swap Meet, you’ll be able to buy, sell, and trade amplifiers, instruments, gear, parts, books, recording equipment, and anything else musical or electronic. It happens Sunday, February 21, at 924 Gilman. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Those interested in selling should arrive by 10 a.m. to secure space. There’s a $10 fee to sell. For more details, go here.
For Blood And Wine (self-released)
Imagine that Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen had a baby and raised her in a cool dive bar — that baby would be Rykarda Parasol. With a deep, throaty voice and some deliciously nasty lyrics, she’s a great antidote to all that is banal and tedious in the current music scene. Think dark cabaret — it’s awesome stuff.
At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on February 18. 9p.m., $8
Before You Go (self-released)
Veteran bass player-for-hire Aaron Germain proves his skill on this release. Even if progressive jazz isn’t really your thing you have to admire the degree of technical prowess on display here. Germain is a talented musician, and he’s assembled an impressive collection of locals to back him up here.
At Rassella’s (1534 Fillmore St., San Francisco) on February 22. 8 p.m., TBA
We Never Came (self-released)
This short but sweet EP is a perfect little taste of what Lila Nelson can do. With a style that blends folk, pop, and indie and a softly lovely voice, Nelson is a classic old-school singer-songwriter in the Joni Mitchell tradition. In a sea of throwaway pop idols it’s nice to see a few real musicians still around.
At Subterranean Arthouse (2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) on February 21, 8 p.m., $10
One of the Bay Area’s better music outfits, Stripmall Architecture, will unveil some of its new material for the first time at the Retox Lounge (628 20th St., San Francisco) on Friday, Feb. 19. The band, featuring Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom of Halou, will not only play songs from its forthcoming album, Feathersongs for Factory Girls, but will also offer a limited number of promo copies of its new single “Radium Girls” with drink purchase; 100 numbered, limited-edition 11x17 posters to ticket holders; and display its album art for its remix project. Bella Lune and Razor Skyline will also perform. Don’t miss it. 9:30 p.m., $8
Bay Area alternative band Addison will celebrate the release of its Lay the Budda Down EP at Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., SF) on Friday, Feb. 19. The band opens for the Junior Panthers with the Hi-Nobles. 9:30 p.m., $10.
Addison's "Lay the Buddha Down":
Addison's “Freeze Out” from last year's EP of the same name: