Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Feb. 8-15: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Lana Del Rey
The internet’s new favorite argument justifies her existence in free in-store. Feb 9 at Amoeba SF.

Don Carlos
From the Jamaica to Black Uhuru and beyond, reggae sensation survives. Feb 9 at the Independent.

“American Boy” hitmaker polishes off a dance-oriented brand of R&B. Feb 10 at the New Parish.

Social Distortion
Mike Ness & Co. celebrating over 30 years of fury and frustration from Fullerton. Feb 11-12 at the Fox Theater.

Bill Cosby
Pioneering stand-up and television comedian needs little introduction, dives right into the jokes. Feb 11 at the Paramount Theater.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Feb 8: Soul Salvation at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Paul Thorn played the EarleFest stage last year, he told the crowd that he’d written his debut album in an attempt to win back a lost love. But it didn’t work; if anything, it just gave the lady more fuel to “treat me like dirt,” Thorn sardonically told a charmed crowd. Known for his fiery, barnstorming performances and wry humor, Thorn takes the stage in Napa with another soulful, church-raised crooner, Ruthie Foster. Get all the fire-and-brimstone of a good church sermon without all that God stuff when Soul Salvation, featuring Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn, hits the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 8pm. $25. 707.226.7372.

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Feb. 3: Winstrong at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Friday most definitely makes my list of top five favorite movies ever. Best quote? “Puff, puff, give. Puff, puff, give!”—those words of wisdom spoken so eloquently by Ice Cube’s sidekick, Smokey. Cube’s not the only one to take on the green stuff as his muse. Snoop Dogg’s latest album, High School, boasts a suite of songs about the wacky tobacky, and North California—based reggae artist Winstrong finds irie inspiration on his latest album with DJ Jacques, A Tribute to Legends (The Ganja Refix). Interpolating classic reggae and R&B hits with new ganja-culture lyrics (“I like the way you roll it, no diggity, we about to smoke it up”), he fits right into the ever-growing weed lexicon. Winstrong plays on Friday, Feb. 3, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 10pm. 415.459.1091.

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Feb. 2: Jazz on the Menu in Downtown Healdsburg

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Nothing goes better with a tasty supper than a captivating bit of live jazz. For the second year in a row, Jazz on the Menu comes to Healdsburg, offering a night on the town with fine food in the service of a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from each meal benefit Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s education programs. Fifteen participating restaurants host live jazz on Feb. 2 this year, including Spoonbar, Diavola Pizzeria and Charcuterie. An after-party with dessert bar and the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble swings on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Costeaux French Bakery. 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. $10. For a complete list of participating restaurants, ticket info. and performers, see

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Feb. 2: Geoff Tate at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

My high school years, Queensrÿche’s creepy lullaby “Silent Lucidity” earned major airplay on the local hard-rock station. The song displayed a softer side of the progressive metal band, best known for heavy riffs, long flowing hair and even longer guitar solos. Lead singer Geoff Tate may have less hair now, but he has become quite the wine man, putting out limited edition white and red wines (called “Insania”) with Three Rivers Winery out of Walla Walla, Wash. One could presume that his show in Napa this week is basically a good excuse to go winetasting in the area; see Tate explore lucid dreaming through song on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $25. 707.259.0123.

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Feb. 1 - 8: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Shabazz Palaces
Butterfly from Digable Planets, whose ‘Black Up’ was a hip-hop highlight of 2012. Feb 2 at Yoshi’s SF.

VHS or Beta
Brooklyn outfit outgrows fringes of electroclash with new album, ‘Diamond and Death.’ Feb 2 at Rickshaw Stop.

The Spinners
Legendary R&B group behind “It’s a Shame” and “Mighty Love” plays jazz club. Feb 3-5 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Elanor Friedberger
Never one to settle for normalcy, the Fiery Furnaces founder always surprises. Feb 4 at the Independent.

Twin Sister
Long Island buzz band peddles in dreamy disco and fantasy-laden imagery with lead singer Andrea Estella. Feb 4 at Slim’s.

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