Boasting one of the best album covers ever — see 2013’s King of the Beach — Wavves is an indie-rock band from San Diego that makes scuzzy, grimy concoctions rife with surf and punk influences.
Formed in 2008, the quartet recently toured with Blink-182 and released You’re Welcome, its sixth album and first self-released record. Filled with grungy, lo-fi tunes, You’re Welcome excels in the art of imperfect perfection, proving that sometimes all you need are thick slabs of bass, heavy-handed drumming, and a catchy hook to make a hit.
At 9 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at the Independent. $20; theindependentsf.com
If Larry June’s tunes sound more like Gucci Mane than E-40, that’s because the S.F.-born rapper lived in Atlanta for about a decade during his childhood before moving back to Hunters Point. As a result, his creations are more trap-influenced than hyphy-derived, making him an anomaly in the Bay Area, where gangsta rappers are scarcer than conscious emcees.
Though he released his first mixtape at the age of 15, the gravelly voiced artist didn’t hit his stride until last year, releasing two EPs and a full-length called Sock It To Me. His newest project, Larry 2, is filled with sinister keyboard melodies and burbling bass, vacillating between ruminative tracks about what his life would be like had he stayed in Atlanta and braggadocio numbers about only using Louis Vuitton luggage. “The Scale” is a particularly catchy cut, featuring staccato bars and anecdotes about what it means to be a drug dealer in 2017.
At 9 p.m., Friday, June 2, at Social Hall. $12-$20; socialhallsf.com
When San Francisco duo Cathedrals dropped its self-titled, moody, synth-pop debut at the tail end of 2014, the Bay Area freaked out. Local publications like the San Francisco Chronicle and The Bay Bridged hailed the electronic act — which sounds a lot like the xx — as a “band to watch,” and it wasn’t long before Cathedrals signed to Monotone Management, which represents artists like Jack White and Vampire Weekend.
After a relatively quiet 2016, Cathedrals — who are no longer with Monotone — has started 2017 with a bang, releasing the swirling slow-burner “Don’t Act Like a Stranger” and the synth-heavy, undeniably catchy dance-pop number “Try to Fight.”
At 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 8, at Mezzanine. $18; mezzaninesf.com
Corinne Bailey Rae
Sometimes the best things are unplanned. Such was the case for British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae’s phenomenal self-titled debut album, which came about largely because of a gig she had at a jazz club. Though Rae studied classical violin as a child and picked up the electric guitar in high school, she turned her back on music when she entered college, choosing instead to focus on English literature. Her side job at the jazz club inspired her to start singing more soul- and R&B-rooted songs, and it wasn’t long before she signed a deal with the now-defunct EMI Records, which released her debut in early 2006.
Filled with sweet, heartfelt ditties like “Put Your Records On” and “Trouble Sleeping,” Corinne Bailey Rae earned three Grammy nominations and took home two Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards. Her follow-up record, The Sea, is more plaintive and soul-searching, imbued with Rae’s sadness over the death of her musician husband, whom she’d been married to for seven years. After a six-year hiatus — during which Rae remarried — she released her most recent album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers, a noticeably more upbeat record filled with lush instrumentals and smoky, soul-infused vocals.
At 8 p.m., Thursday, June 8, at the Fillmore. $29.50; thefillmore.com
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