Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oct. 20-27: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Yusef LateefLegendary jazz saxophonist plays with duo in awe-inspiring setting.

Oct 22 at Grace Cathedral.Horrorpops

Denmark’s most famous psychobilly band headed by Patricia Day.

Oct 22 at Oakland Metro.Laurie AndersonRare West Coast appearance by conceptual New York musician.

Oct 23-24 at Yoshi’s SF.Bill FrisellJazz guitarist explores roots music with prominent, tasteful effects.

Oct 24 at Amoeba SF.Russian CirclesSprawling, intricate instrumental trio hails from Chicago.

Oct 25 at Bottom of the Hill.Best CoastWeed, cats, distortion, true love, telephones and catchy tunes.

Oct 25 at Cafe du Nord; also Oct 26 at Great American Music Hall.More San Francisco events at

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 19: Suicidal Tendencies at Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Amid nostalgic nattering by old-schoolers about the band’s legendary 1986 show with Faith No More and Victims Family at the Kenilworth Recreation Center in Petaluma, the long-running punk outfit Suicidal Tendencies returns to town, this time just up the street at, of course, the Phoenix Theater. Reports from last year’s local tour stop by the Venice Beach skate punks were surprisingly positive, and for a band that has never officially broken up, they’re in better form than most ’90s bands currently riding the reunion train. (Exception: Pavement). Suicidal’s lead singer Mike Muir may be 47 years old now, but onstage, he still embodies suburban juvenilia with timeless songs about death, love, politics and yes, Pepsi. Get possessed on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.
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CANCELED: Grievous Angel at Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

It’s been near about ten years since the Gram Parsons revival hit full-swing into public consciousness, and because of Parsons’ enduring talent, chances are we may see another ten or twenty years of tributes on the horizon. Easily the Elvis Presley of the Americana movement, Parsons, who overdosed on morphine and tequila at 26, famously went out in a literal blaze of glory after his body was stolen by friends committed to carrying out his wishes to be burned in the Joshua Tree desert. The latest tribute to the man, the myth and the music is Grievous Angel, a theatrical play combined with full-band songs, based on the last interview Parsons ever gave in his life, to Michael Bate, in 1973. Relive the sweet introspection in Parsons’ songs and life when Grievous Angel plays Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $21. 707.763.2121.


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October 15: Fishbone at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Smack in the middle of the 1980s, just after Reagan had been elected to a second term and Quincy Jones had assembled “We Are the World,” a band from Los Angeles founded an entirely new world with themselves as the only residents. Ska, punk, funk, metaland rap all found a home on the first eponymous EP by the flamboyant band Fishbone, and as the 1980s receded away, the decade changed completely from Fishbone’s attack both in musical style (Mr. Bungle, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus) and fashion sense (that’s a Fishbone shirt John Cusack is wearing in the iconic boombox scene in Say Anything). Catch the new documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone on Friday, Oct. 15 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; 7pm; $12.50; 415.383.5256), and then afterward see Fishbone perform live, that same night, at The Woods (19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley; 9pm; $18; 415.389.6637).
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Across the Bridge: October 14-17

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Gogol BordelloUkranian mayhem led by the charismatic Eugene Hutz.

Oct 14 at the Fox Theater.Die AntwoordTwo shows in San Francisco have sold out; here’s the free in-store.

Oct 15 at Amoeba SF.GirlsSan Francisco’s own drugged-out popsmiths headline homecoming show.

Oct 15 at the Fillmore.SuperchunkFree acoustic in-store while the band’s in town for Treasure Island fest.

Oct 16 at Aquarius Records.Hot ChipUK electropop band risks being upstaged by openers Sleigh Bells.

Oct 17 at the Warfield.The VaselinesScotland duo famed for Nirvana’s covers has a surprisingly great new album.

Oct 20 at the Great American Music Hall.More San Francisco events at

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October 17: Blake Shelton at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Even for those who don’t listen to much coming out of Nashville these days, chances are you’ve at least seen country superstar Blake Shelton staring back from the cover of a glossy tabloid in the supermarket line. After all, the 34-year-old Oklahoman has the key ingredient which celebrity gossip is made from in the form of his engagement to fellow CMT star Miranda Lambert. Shelton isn’t half the songwriter his wife is, but his no-bull charisma and archetypal Southern drawl have skyrocketed seven of his hits to the top of the country charts; “All About Tonight,” the party-anthem title track from his latest album, seems written purely to inspire country girls to toss off their Stetsons and whip their hair around in tipsy abandon. Catch the “Six-Pack” tour when Shelton brings his band to town on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $20-$45. 707.546.3600.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 10: Aimee Mann at Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Since bursting into wide acclaim by scoring that scene of frogs in Magnolia falling inexplicably from the sky to their deaths on asphalt roads and car hoods, the thoughtful songwriter Aimee Mann has released some fantastic albums, campaigned against illegal downloading, made fun of musicians who smoke too much weed and made celebrity gossip headlines by criticizing, via Twitter, rapper Ice-T’s acting abilities on Law and Order: SVU. (Ice-T tweeted back, suggesting that Mann consume a large item of dining ware containing an unspecified amount of male genitalia. Just like you’d think Ice-T would!) Mann appears this weekend on a double bill with the erudite pop singer Michael Penn, who married Mann in 1997 and appears to have no public opinion on Ice-T, on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $34–$44. 707.259.0123.
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October 9-11: Santa Rosa Symphony at Wells Fargo Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:06 AM

When Santa Rosa Symphony conductor Bruno Ferrandis took over the orchestra baton in 2006, he arrived with an undercurrent of the modern avant-garde, professing a love for both Björk and modernistic composer György Ligeti. Lately, his programs have featured the great Luciano Berio, a composer who Ferrandis himself studied under. For this weekend’s opening program, with guest violinist Dmitri Berlinsky performing Paganini’s Violin Concerto no. 1 and the orchestra performing Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Ferrandis slips in Berio’s Rendering. Based on sketches Franz Schubert left behind for an unfinished symphony, Rendering acts as a classical-music remix ahead of its time. The whole set begins with Verdi’s Force of Destiny overture when the new symphony season begins on Saturday–Monday, Oct. 9–11, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm Saturday and Monday; 3pm Sunday. $28–$55. 707.546.8742.
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October 9: Ray Luv at Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM

In the early 1990s, there wasn’t much hope for a rapper from the West Ninth Street area of Santa Rosa getting any more exposure than, say, a demo tape booming out of mini-truck subwoofers on the Mendocino Avenue cruise. So it was a pretty big deal when Ray Luv got signed to Atlantic Records for his 1995 magnum opus Forever Hustlin’. Peppered with references to his hometown and what came to be known as the Link Crew, after Santa Rosa’s Link Lane neighborhood, the album hit No. 39 on the Billboard charts and gave Ray Luv a career that’s grown to include work with youth outreach programs. This weekend, he appears with Santa Rosa’s latest major-label hope Nikki Bates, whom locals may know from fronting the bands Bomb Squad 707 and Indulgence, and whom Hollywood knows as the new kid in town with a Universal Records deal. It’s goin’ down on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.
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October 8: Drumline Live at the Marin Center

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM

It’s a time-honored tradition with barbecue, pop music, hair salons and now, college marching bands: if you send it to Atlanta, it’s gonna come back with 10 times as much style. To be immersed in the flair and flash of the modern hip-hop-flavored drum cadence, the only thing more riveting than renting Drumline and watching it on a surround-sound system is heading to San Rafael this weekend to see the real thing live and onstage. Drumline Live promises a flamboyantly choreographed production with over 40 drummers, dancing and drumming their way through modern R&B, pop and rap songs and classic Motown and Stax hits. With incredible rhythms and a seemingly bottomless well of energy, Drumline Live beats ’em all on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $20–$45. 415.499.6800.
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