VIDEO: Bay Area Concert Calendar: Sept. 11-17

RIFF wants you to get out to more shows! To help you with that, here are our picks for where to go and who to see next week. RIFF’s video concert series features artists of all genres, with a focus on the best hidden gems the local music scene has to offer. If you’re looking for something to do this week, look no further.

Brand New, (Sandy) Alex G — The Warfield — Monday
Both Alex G and Brand New released new albums this year. For Alex G, it was a huge stylistic change from lo-fi bedroom pop to indie folk. But Brand New released its first album in eight years, and long-time fans loved their choice to return to the sound of their most alternative album, The Devil and God.

SZA, Ravyn Lenae — The Catalyst — Tuesday
SZA and Ravyn Lenae are performing at The Catalyst on Tuesday. SZA is one of the few alternative R&B artists on Top Dawg Entertainment, the label with legends such as Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. She’s a unique artist that is finally getting the attention she deserves.

The Church, Helio Sequence — The Fillmore — Thursday
The Church is a band that formed in 1980 and started playing a lot more shows recently because of their late-blooming popularity. They pioneered the sound of neo-psychedelia and even dream pop before it really took off. Make sure you see these living legends.

Manchester Orchestra, Tigers Jaw, Foxing — The Regency Ballroom — Saturday
All three bands are some of the best bands that the indie scene has to offer. Don’t miss the chance to cross three bands off your “Seen Live” list.

Goldfrapp — The Warfield — Saturday
If you like Portishead, then you’re sure to like Goldfrapp. Their baroque take on trip hop and ambient atmospheres put them in a league of their own.

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