Global consciousness and a complex knowledge of alliteration and double entendres don’t usually fit themselves into the resume of most hip-hop artists. Lyrics Born, a rapper who found his roots in the melting pot of San Francisco culture, maintains that his style is a direct product of the open-mindedness and progressive thinking of the Bay Area. Lyrics Born makes the short drive from his hometown of Berkeley to Sonoma County on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $20. 707.829.7300.
People Under the Stairs
Party-rocking So Cal hip-hop duo celebrates new self-released LP with free in-store. Oct 12 at Amoeba SF.
Foster the People
One ubiquitous single, two back-to-back shows: “Pumped Up Kicks” keeps going and going. Oct 13-14 at the Fillmore.
Former singer of Roxy Music in rare stateside appearance to support his latest, “Olympia.” Oct 14 at the Fox Theater.
Treasure Island Music Festival
Treasure Island Music Festival
Death Cab for Cutie, Flying Lotus, Battles, Hold Steady, St. Vincent and many more. Oct 15-16 at Treasure Island.
Master jazz pianist revisits “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman” with vocalist José James. Oct 16 at Herbst Theatre.
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Dancing for seven hours straight seems more like an event for strong-bodied Olympic hopefuls than for locals at a charity event. But when ’60s and ’70s funk 45s are added into the mix, the Funk Marathon suddenly seems less like a chore and more like rare opportunity to break out the platform shoes and bring back some undeniably embarrassing dance moves. This pledge-based dance marathon supporting the Ceres Community Project gets fresh on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Aubergine. 755 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 3pm-10pm. 707.861.0406.
Young love is impossible to dictate. ‘Happy Family,’ the second movie in the Marin Italian Film Festival series, is a meta-rich film bringing a scriptwriter, Ezio, into the depths of his own story when two brazenly different families are reluctantly brought together through the stubborn love of two 16-year-olds. As the script carries on through its production stages, the members of each family bug Ezio to write them in for a bigger part. This family affair screens Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Marin Civic Center. 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 5:30pm and 7:45pm. $14. 415.499.6400.
Napa Valley and alcohol fit together better than Fred Astaire and tap shoes, but rarely does beer take the spotlight in this vino-flavored town. Behold, a tradition is born at the first Napa Homebrewers’ Classic. Homemade beer and live music steal the stage during this daylong festival that stands to benefit local emergency women’s services and youth scholarships. Get a little tipsy for charity on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Napa Valley Expo. 575 Third St., Napa. 11am–5pm. $25. 707.253.2008.
For one night, one lucky lady is transformed into a star. Lance Ozanix, frontman of local thrash-metal institution Skitzo, rounds out each performance by projectile vomiting on one female fan. (Like we said: lucky, right?) This little party trick replayed at each performance is possibly one of the best thought-out PR schemes concocted in the last three decades; if you’re looking to be the next average Jane-turned-local star, celebrate Skitzo’s 30-year reunion show on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 7pm. $10. 707.762.3565.
Love him or hate him—and boy, do people hate him—Gilbert Gottfried is still alive and kicking. Even after some ill-timed tsunami jokes cost him his job as the all-knowing and equally annoying Aflac duck, Gottfried still manages to keep his sense of humor intact. If you enjoy the sound of nails on a chalkboard, have a preference toward awkward jokes that make you want to hide under your seat or simply still love his incredible scene in The Aristocrats, Gottfried performs on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Lincoln Theater. 100 California Dr., Yountville. 8pm. $35–$55. 707.944.9900.
Before the White House released a letter during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency stating Buffy Sainte-Marie’s music “deserved to be suppressed,” this civil rights activist for the indigenous people of the Americas had no shortage of airplay. Once voted Billboard’s Best New Artist in the ’60s, Sainte-Marie later went into hiding, hardly to be heard from again. Now, almost 50 years after her illustrious career began, she’s ready to take back the spotlight. See her on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $35–$40. 707.226.7372
So apparently, not everyone shares my own memories of the whiskey-fueled fire that ensued in my esophagus as I took my first sip of the caramel-colored devil’s juice all those years ago. Some people actually like the stuff. This week, master whiskey maker John Glaser brings his unparalleled knowledge along with his own perfectly concocted recipes, leaving most whiskey connoisseurs frothing at the mouth. Bring your shot glasses and a notebook on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Dance Palace. 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 1pm–3pm. $50. 415.663.1075.
Japan’s loudest three-piece has released three full-length albums this year. Oct 8 at the Regency Ballroom.
The original gold dust woman gets her witchy vibe on with new album, “In Your Dreams.” Oct 8-9 at the Fillmore.
The lazy, crazy summer haze of their debut has turned to a sophomore fall. Oct 8-9 at the Great American Music Hall.
Gang Gang Dance
Indie-tribal, reverb-heavy outfit with compelling new album, “Eye Contact.” Oct 11 at the Independent.
Modest Mouse-sampling hip-hop star celebrates a whopping five years in the game. Oct 11 at the Fox Theater.
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