Concert connections for this fall's San Francisco music scene 

Stages, festivals and clubs abound with pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic and acoustic music — for all tastes and ages.

Star-studded lineups

Rock the Bells
Lauryn Hill, Nas and Erykah Badu are at the helm of the killer lineup for this year’s festival, which also includes Mos Def and Talib Kwali performing as Black Star, Immortal Technique and Common. [10:30 a.m. Friday, Shoreline Amphitheatre, $55-$281,]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Powerhouse entertainment again fills up one the best free festivals in the country. This year’s performers include Chris Isaak, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Elbow, Cass McCombs, Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Mekons, The Jayhawks, Abigail Washburn, Fritz and the Tantrums, and many more. [Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, free,]

Train, Maroon 5 and Matt Nathanson
San Francisco-based folk rockster Nathanson may soon outshine the headliners as he grows in popularity with the release of his latest album “Modern Love.” [7 p.m. Sept. 15, Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, $74-$134]

Treasure Island Music Festival
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the two-day festival again features a plethora of entertainment geared toward varied tastes. Bigger acts include Death Cab for Cutie, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Explosions in the Sky, Beach House, Death From Above 1979, Chromeo, the Hold Steady, Dizzee Rascal and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. [Oct. 15-16, Treasure Island, $115-$219]

British invasion

Simian Mobile Disco
The U.K. duo knows how to get a party started. Accomplished producers as well as DJs, their savvy grooves tempt even the most stubborn wallflowers to the dance floor. [9 p.m. Aug. 19, Public Works, $18]

The Kills
The rough-and-tumble London duo has been knocking out grimy, growling and, above all, sexy garage tunes since 2003. After a three-year hiatus, the band is back promoting its latest album, “Blood Pressures.” [8:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Fox Theater, $29.50]

The Horrors
These British boys know how to stack up the layers, creating a compelling mix of electro, gaze, late-’60s psych and punk. [9 p.m. Sept. 10, Bimbo’s 365 Club, $20-$22]

The spacey British gazers support catchy Cali-girl harmonizers Dum Dum Girls, who are also known for reverb-friendly pop. [8 p.m. Oct. 4, Great American Music Hall, $17-$19]

The Damned
What better way to ring in Halloween than by celebrating the 35th anniversary of the old-school British goth-punksters? [9 p.m. Oct. 29, Slim’s, $30]

Too hip to handle

El Ten Eleven
If you love Explosions in the Sky but haven’t heard of ETE, make sure to catch Los Angeles’ hottest post-rock duo and hear the beauty of its instrumental soundscapes in person. [9 p.m. Thursday, Rickshaw Stop, $12-$14]

Silver Swans
The San Francisco electro-dream pop duo is mesmerizingly enchanting with its Ladytron-meets-lo-fi liltings. [9 p.m. Sept. 2, Rickshaw Stop, $10-$12]

Two Gallants
The local alt-folk rock duo has come a long way since handing out demos in 2002, to landing a spot on the indie-revered Saddle Creek record label. [9 p.m. Sept. 23-24, The Independent, $20]

Peter, Bjorn, and John
The Swedish indie pop group is still running on popularity garnered from its infectious, whistle-y tune “Young Folks.” [9 p.m. Oct. 6, Great American Music Hall, $20]

Blast from the past

Whips are optional at this concert by the 1980s pop stars who have returned with “Something for Everybody,” the band’s first studio album in 20 years. [7:30 p.m. Friday, Mountain Winery, $39.50-$89.50]

Iggy and The Stooges
The most photographed six-pack in rock is back on the stage with The Stooges for not just one, but two big nights in The City. [8 p.m., Sept. 12-13, The Warfield, $45]

The new-wave band led by pioneering femme rocker Debbie Harry continues to churn out the tunes with the 2011 album “Panic of Girls.” The English Beat supports. [7:30 p.m., Oct. 7, The Mountain Winery, $30.50-$89.50]

Foo Fighters
The band’s latest album ends a four-year drought of new anthem-friendly rock from the ever-smiley Dave Grohl and his pals. [7 p.m., Oct. 19, Oracle Arena, $39.50-$59.50]

Many of today’s contemporary alternative and indie rockers cite these noisy Bostonians led by Frank Black (aka Black Francis) as a heavy influence. [8 p.m., Nov. 20, Uptown Theatre, $70]


- Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.; (415) 474-0365,
- Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; (510) 302-2277,
- Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.; (415) 885-0750,
- Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.; (415) 771-1421,
- Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga; (408) 484-3505,
- Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland; (800) 745-3000,
- Public Works, 161 Eerie St., S.F.;
- Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.; (415) 861-2011,
- Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View; (650) 967-4040,
- Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord; (800) 745-3000,
- Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.; (415) 255-0333,
- Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 25th Avenue and Fulton Street, S.F.
- Uptown Theatre, 350 Third St., Napa; (707) 259-0123,
- Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St., S.F.; (800) 745-3000,


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