30 Acts to See This Week

Catch Ab-Soul, Gavin James, Digable Planets, Jagwar Ma, and more.

An array of interesting acts is coming to S.F. this week.

Irish pop singer Gavin James is playing at the Independent, and singer-songwriter Rodriguez, the popular in South African musician who was the subject of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, is making a rare appearance at the Warfield. Smoky-voiced singer Arum Rae opens for Rodriguez, and will play slow-burning crooners from her recently released album Sub Rosa.

For those who don’t know, former Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito is now an Americana artist, and he’s performing this week at Great American Music Hall. Digable Planets, the Brooklyn hip-hop crew who gave us the indelible rap track “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That)” in 1992, are visiting San Francisco for the second year in a row, too.

An array of local acts — like the local dance-fusion collective Afrolicious and female duo Dagmar — are also playing shows this week.

Perhaps the most entertaining show to see this week will be Flynt Flossy and others from his label Turquoise Jeep Records, who put out comedic hip-hop tracks with titles like “Stretchy Pants” and “Treat Me Like a Pirate.” There’s something about seeing a bunch of hyped, underage kids in an ornate, centuries old music hall spew shitty rap songs that really gives me life.

Check out the playlist below to hear songs by each of the artists playing shows this week.

Monday, May 22

Folk-Rock: The Lumineers at Slim’s

Tuesday, May 23

Hip-Hop: Ab-Soul at the New Parish in Oakland

Indie-Pop: L.A. Takedown at Swedish American Music Hall

Metal: Taake at the Independent

Garage-Rock: Deaf Poets at Elbo Room

Classical Indian: Rajeev Taranath at Freight and Salvage

Wednesday, May 24

Electronic: Jagwar Ma at Mezzanine

Latin: Mon Laferte at the Independent

Indie-Rock: Girlpool at the Chapel

Hip-Hop: Flynt Flossy at Great American Music Hall

Singer-Songwriter: Dagmar at Bottom of the Hill

Thursday, May 25

Singer-Songwriter: Rodriguez and Arum Rae at the Warfield

Country: Sam Outlaw at the Chapel

Hip-Hop: Digable Planets at 1015 Folsom

Acid Jazz: Too Many Zooz at the New Parish in Oakland

Hip-Hop: 24hrs at the Fillmore

Friday, May 26

Electronic: Malaa at Regency Ballroom

Deep House: 16 Bit Lolitas at Audio

EDM: graves at 1015 Folsom (with Josh Pan, Medasin, and Whereisalex)

Hip-hop: SOB X RBE at Social Hall

World: Afrolicious at the Independent

Saturday, May 27

Rap: Andre Nickatina at Slim’s

Pop: Gavin James at the Independent

Hip-hop: SOB X RBE at Social Hall

Rock: Midnight Oil at the Fox Theater in Oakland

Latin: Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Fillmore

House: Burns at Temple

Indie-Pop: XDS at Hemlock Tavern

Sunday, May 28

Pop: Jay Sean at Temple

Hip-hop: SOB X RBE at Regency Ballroom

Americana: Barry Zito at Great American Music Hall

Folk: Harry Taussig and Max Ochs at Down Home Music Store in El Cerrito

Tech-House: Honey Soundsystem at Audio

Latin: Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Fillmore

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