The Six Best Concerts in the Bay Area This Week
2. Mount Kimbie @ 1015 Folsom, Friday, Nov. 9
Mount Kimbie performs Friday at 1015 Folsom
Though dubstep might be associated with robo-flatulence and car alarm noises in the United States, it's something entirely different in its native U.K. This discrepancy accounts for why the comparatively soulful sounds of London-based duo Mount Kimbie are considered an extension of the dubstep sound. Crooks & Lovers, Kimbie' 2011 debut LP, utilized the genre's dub-like sense of space and clean electronics as a carrier for pop sensibilities and found-sound experimentation. The result is a style that's like an updated Boards of Canada. And while the name might hint at craggy drops, don't expect any -- instead, it's all about the details. -- Derek Opperman
1. The Afghan Whigs@ The Fillmore, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8
The last time the Afghan Whigs played San Francisco, in 1998 at the Fillmore, the band was touring in support of its celebratory sixth album, 1965. On that early December night, the Cincinnati, Ohio-born outfit was firing on all cylinders, doing more than a little justice to one of music's most hallowed rooms with an exuberant rock 'n' soul party that nobody in the crowd wanted to end. That's why it was surprising that just a couple of years later, the band announced that it was hanging up its guitars.
"We were just scorched," says frontman Greg Dulli, who now splits his time between Los Angeles and New Orleans. "[Bassist] John [Curley] had a baby, [guitarist] Rick [McCollum] moved up to Minnesota, and I wanted to do different stuff than they did. We started working on what would be the next record, and we just couldn't agree on the direction. So we walked away." -- Marc Hawthorne
Read more: Greg Dulli on the Afghan Whigs' Return