Here we are, another weekend approaching with the promise of great music. You’ve survived Rainocalpyse, the storm that rivals storms that I don’t even remember from October 2009 and January 2008 but I guess they were really bad for every media outlet on the planet to reference them and freak the fuck out. Cool. Here’s what’s going on this weekend that isn’t Not So Silent Night.
Yusuf Islam
Friday: The mellow tunes of Cat StevensYusuf Islam still strike a particularly poignant chord, despite and because of Islam’s vast personal transformation. With the release of Tell ‘Em I’m Gone just two months ago, Islam yet again returns to the captivating storytelling style that made him famous many moons and an entirely different identity ago. Islam’s still got his voice and, with the help of producer Rick Rubin, an updated Americana sound that runs the gamut of fragile finger-picking and all-out folk rock anthems. A must-see, least of all because everyone needs to hear “Wild World” and “Another Saturday Night” live at least one in their lives.

What: Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens at the Masonic
When: Tonight! Friday, December 12th; doors: 8pm, show: 9pm
Where: The Masonic: 1111 California St
Cost: $75-$180; purchase tickets .
Stanton Moore
Saturday: SFAppeal favorite Galactic has a drummer like no other. Stanton Moore is a jazz master, rock percussionist, and expert collaborator who’s anchoring a stellar night of music at the Boom Boom Room. SF doesn’t have enough late night shows to begin with and though the push for last call to be moved far, far into the wee hours of the morning has sputtered and stagnated, the Boom Boom Room is at least trying to push its limits. Moore, along with Wil Blades and Will Bernard form Dragon Smoke, and will be jamming out with a host of special guests that have yet to be announced. Chug that Red Bull and get ready for a night of surprises.

What: Dragon Smoke at the Boom Boom Room
When: Saturday, December 13th; doors: midnight, show: 1:30am
Where: The Boom Boom Room: 1601 Fillmore St
Cost: $15; purchase tickets here.
Ryan Adams
Sunday: Angry dude Ryan Adams, whose current tour run has given the world perhaps the best (if not the only) cover of Danzig’s “Mother” on the planet, hits the Masonic Sunday night. Adams channeled his moodiness into a representative eponymous LP that most definitely complements Jenny Lewis’ latest work, Just One of the Guys. Lewis returns after a successful festival run that included a stop at Outside Lands with her album cover outfit of a psychedelic painted pantsuit. A great way to end the weekend and ease into the gaping shithole that is another Monday.

What: Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis play the Masonic
When: Sunday, December 14th; doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Where: The Masonic: 1111 California St
Cost: $55-$75; purchase tickets here.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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