Going On Sale: System of a Down, Josh Groban and other major Bay Area concerts

Serj Tankian of System of a Down scared the crap out of me when "Chop Suey" came out--and I was 22! (via www.systemofadown.com)

Oh, your mom is going to looooove this edition of Going On Sale (the bestest, most comprehensivest, easiestest-to-use listing of recently announced Bay Area concerts). How will she ever choose between seeing Josh Groban or Rod Stewart croon his way through what I assume will be the exact same setlist of dusty chestnuts and standards? Maybe the fact that Stevie Nicks will be joining Stewart at Oracle Arena will tip it in that show’s favor. Or maybe she’s the type of mom who forces you to listen to country radio in the car, and she would rather drool over Kenny Chesney and his eternally behatted head at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Whatever. Mom can have her hunky Michael Crawford and Jimmy Buffett surrogates. You’ll be too busy rocking out to SYSTEM OF A DOWN! Woooo! Hiatus over, bro! The silver lining to the petulant, moronic dark cloud that was nü-metal, SOAD has been thoughtful enough to included a concert at the Mountain View amphitheater on its reunion tour. B.Y.O.B.

Meanwhile, the other indie nerds and I will be over here, wringing out hands in anticipation for Okkervil River, Man Man and Iron & Wine. But I think the show that I personally am most excited about is Hayes Carll at Slim’s. The singer-songwriter put out a fantastic album of smart, political roots rock and alt-country a few weeks ago, making him the best candidate for Steve Earle’s heir apparent to come along since, well … Earle’s own son.

San Fran

  • Seasick Steve, 8 p.m. April 4, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $13. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Duran Duran, 9 p.m. April 16, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $72 (includes fees). On sale Sunday, March 6.
  • Full On Flyhead, Lavish Green, The Ben Benkert Band, and Scholar and The Melting Pot, 9 p.m. April 16, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $14. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Kevin Seconds and Exene Cervenka, 8 p.m. April 17, The Showroom, 1000 Van Ness Ave. $16. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Donald Glover/Childish Gambino, 9 p.m. April 28, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $29 (includes fees). On sale Sunday, March 6.
  • Portugal. The Man, 9 p.m. May 6, The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. $29 (includes fees). On sale Sunday, March 6.
  • Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, 8 p.m. May 12, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $16. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Hayes Carll, 9 p.m. May 14, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $15. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Man Man, 9 p.m. May 14, Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave. $18. On sale Wednesday, March 2. 877-435-9849 or ticketfly.com.
  • Pivixki with Mike Patton, 8 p.m. May 18, Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. $21. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or gamhtickets.com.
  • Shawn Mullins, 8 p.m. May 19, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $22. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Tribal Seeds, 9 p.m. May 27, Slim’s, 333 11th St. $14. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or slimstickets.com.
  • Iron & Wine, 8 p.m. June 1, The Warfield, 982 Market St. $26. On sale Sunday, March 6.
  • Krishna Das, 8 p.m. June 9, The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave. $32.50. On sale Sunday, March 6.
  • Sondre Lerche, 8 p.m. June 28, Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. $21. On sale Sunday, March 6. 888-233-0449 or gamhtickets.com.

East Bay

  • Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks, 7:30 p.m. April 20, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. $60.50, $103.50, $173.85 (includes fees). On sale Friday, March 4.
  • Okkervil River with Titus Andronicus and Julianna Barwick, 7:30 p.m. June 22, Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. $25. On sale Sunday, March 6.

South Bay

  • Kenny Chesney with Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker, 7 p.m. April 29, Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. $54.50, $98.55 (includes fees). On sale Saturday, March 5.
  • System of a Down, 7:30 p.m. May 15, Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. $32-$79 (includes fees). On sale Friday, March 4.
  • Josh Groban, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. $90.75, $110.75 (includes fees). On sale Saturday, March 5.
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