Charming, smart singer presents suite based on classic Susan Heyward film ‘I Want To Live!’ Jul 14 at Yoshi’s SF.Dirty Vegas
Party like it’s 2003 to “Days Go By” and more with live set from electronic hitmakers. Jul 15 at the Independent.Alkaline Trio
Chicago pop-punk stalwarts join superior Windy City crooners the Smoking Popes. Jul 16 at Slim’s.Owl City
If only Ben Gibbard had made another Postal Service album instead of letting this guy swoop in. Jul 19 at the Warfield.Avett Brothers
Quiet on record, furiously energetic live, North Carolina’s finest play two nights. Jul 19-10 at the Fox Theater.
“Grungegazepopnoisefunkjazz.” That’s how local band Teenage Sweater describe themselves, and it’s pretty apt—their music is a funky blend of just about everything (and if you say that word fast enough, it would probably sound like their electronic rhythm). Members Mario Armando Ruiz and Michael Paul Delgado work synthesizers to produce music that sounds sure of itself in a sea of glitches, blurbs and melody. Discover their noise, along with bands Spacehunter, Massive Mouth, Soft Tags and YYU, on Sunday, July 10, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. 7:30pm. $5. 707.528.3009.
Enjoying one of the region’s state parks while supporting it at the same time has never been so easy. This weekend, the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods host a three-quarter–mile Gourmet Hike at Armstrong Redwoods to benefit the park, which is among many threatened with closure. During the less-than-a-mile stretch, hikers can nosh on appetizers and wines; at the end of the walk, bands Edge of Town and Sticky Notes provide the musical backdrop to the meal’s final course and dessert. Head to the trail on Saturday, July 9, at Armstrong Redwoods National State Reserve. 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 1–4:30pm. $35 per person; $65 for two. 707.869.9177.
Local music and local food? Yes, please. This weekend, Long Meadow Ranch and Winery teams up with the Outside Lands Festival to bring Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to its new event space. The evening centers around the fresh food of Farmstead restaurant and new chef Stephen Barber, as guests can choose between a farm-to-table meal and a picnic for four, each with wine. The meals come with different perks depending on price, ranging from winetasting to the morning-long “Napa Valley Dream Experience.” It all gets underway on Saturday, July 9, at Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 4:30pm. $20–$200. 877.627.2645
With two Grammy Awards and two further nominations under her belt, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat has stayed at the top ever since her song “Bubbly” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her new album, All of You, drops on July 12, but Caillat gives a sneak preview three days’ prior at the Mondavi Music Festival. Running through the summer, the festival also features David Foster and Friends (July 16), Chris Issak (July 23) and K. D. Lang & the Siss Boom Bang (July 30). Caillat plays Saturday, July 9, at Robert Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville. 7pm. $75–$205. 888.766.3284.
Ladies, grab your gold hoops, hairspray, little black dress or whatever else it takes to make you feel like a star, and don’t forget your attitude. From Beyoncé to Rachel Berry, America has seen the rise and redefinition of the diva—a new role model for girls and women and a confident go-getter with all the sassy self-assurance of Glee’s Mercedes Jones and the fierceness worthy of Tyra Banks herself. Patricia V. Davis’ new book The Diva Doctrine aims to harness that concept and empower women of all ages; find Diva Davis herself at a reading and signing on Saturday, July 9, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 415.927.0960.
She finally put out a new record! She finally put out a new record! She finally did! Jul 7 at the Warfield.George Clinton
Parlaiment Funkadelic “birthday funkathon” now sadly bereft of diaper-wearing guitarist. Jul 7-10 at Yoshi’s SF.Washed Out
Chillwave synth-pop sensation with upcoming Sup Pop debut. Jul 9 at the Great American Music Hall.David Bazan
Pedro the Lion frontman famously wrestling with Christianity, alcohol. Jul 13 at the Independent.Faster Pussycat
Really? A reunion? The decline of Western civilization, indeed. Jul 13 at the New Parish.
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