Five Shows President Obama Should See in S.F. Tonight (After His Tech Meeting)

Congratulations, President Obama, on picking one our nastiest days, weather-wise, to show up to the Bay Area. We're truly sorry “Sunny California” had to drench you. But, Mr. President, while we know you have important meetings scheduled for your all-too-brief visit, we have to ask: why come now? Don't you know Prince isn't playing until next week? And you're five whole days too early for Noise Pop, the music festival that helps us creatively minded locals make it through drizzly winters.

Still, there's rarely a bad night to be out on the town in S.F. If this rainy Thursday is your only chance to take in some live music in S.F. — and you're going to need a beer and some beats after hanging with nerds all evening — here are five ideas for how to spend your precious time.

1. Cake at the Fillmore
It's hard to imagine any bandleader who sees more eye-to-eye with you on environmental issues than Cake's John McCrea. Plus, Cake recently released a song called “Federal Funding,” which may provide some much-needed perspective on your impending budget struggle. And knowing your appreciation for stirring rhetoric, President Obama, we think you'd probably love this wordy alt-rock band from up the road in Sacramento.

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