Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Across the Bridge: June 23-30

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM


One of the most necessary bands to ride the reunion horse.

June 25 at the Greek Theater.Lou Barlow

Lo-budget indie rockers blow off Pavement show for Sebadoh frontman.

June 25 at Café du Dord.Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

No one funkier on the scene today, with new album “I Learned the Hard Way.” June 25 at the Warfield.A. R. Rahman

Bollywood composer with “Slumdog Millionaire” breakthrough “Jai Ho.”

June 26 at the Oracle Arena.Danzig

Behold the pectoral muscles, the thinning hair, the animalistic bellow!

June 27 at the Regency Ballroom.CocoRosie

Two strangely wardrobed sisters with Sub Pop debut “Grey Oceans.”

June 29 at Amoeba Berkeley.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 23: Text Message Contest at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds

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hey u cuddie i b textn n the text message contest here n p-town. they say i got do as many wrdz as i can in 3 min and i gonna whup ass on these other foolz. fairs pretty chill dis year wit ferris wheel an all but i like it better b4 cuz hottiez in effect. they got a youtube thing too today i think i gunna do dat too. oh an kylie is in a teen fashion show here lol what a loser haha. i tried guitar hero contest but n e way i suck at it. if i win this u get a blue tooth thing for wining so I just gonna keep typing did u see the runaways that chick kristen stewart played is here in a couple days but kristen stewart is hotter oh my timez up. k thx bai ill be here all day wednesday june 23 at sonoma-marin faregroundz. 175 faregroundz drive, petaluma 1–5pm. free but u gotta pay $10–$15 fair admission fml. 707.283.3247.
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June 19: Joan Baez at Cascade Canyon School

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

The children of Cascade Canyon School receive a rare treat this weekend, as the star attraction performing at their Kidzstock fundraiser is none other than Joan Baez. Or perhaps it’s more a treat for the parents—do the kids know or care about Baez? On thing they do know is they’ll be playing to a packed crowd. The non-’60s-icon segment of the day’s lineup includes teen and preteen bands and singers, including Third Rock, the County Boys Marimba Band, After Class, Miss Modest and Vote for Pedro. If the carnival games, henna tattoos, food booths and raffle items aren’t sufficient to lure you into hours’ worth of singing children, be advised that Baez takes the stage at 4pm for an hour-long set on Saturday, June 19, at Cascade Canyon School. 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 10am–7pm. $10–$25. 415.339.8488.
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June 18-20: Fat Freddy's Drop at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The cartoon cover artwork to the latest album by Fat Freddy’s Drop pays homage to classic dub records of the late ’70s and early ’80s—a mad scientist stirs up a concoction of guitars, cassette tapes and band members—but the red-hot New Zealand band put a decidedly modern soul stamp on their electronic manipulations. Logical heirs to groups like Massive Attack, Fat Freddy’s Drop combine R&B vocals, reggae atmospherics and trip-hop beats currently hypnotizing the jam-band populace and inspiring booking battles among local summertime festivals. They headline Saturday night at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, which also features Baba Maal, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Max Romeo, the Skatalites and many more on Friday–Sunday, June 18–20, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. 14400 Hwy. 128, Boonville. $55–$75 daily; $160 weekend pass. 916.777.5550.
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June 18: Eilen Jewell at Studio E

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Born in Idaho and reared in Santa Fe, the singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell had played bars and farmers markets in small, dusty towns. But when she moved to Los Angeles after college, she planted herself on the sidewalks of Venice Beach, where she learned to stick to her own muse without worry of what passing strangers might say. Now based in Cambridge with three acclaimed albums to her credit, Jewell doesn’t have to weather too many street insults anymore. For those still awaiting a new Gillian Welch record, Jewell’s latest Sea of Tears should help fill the void: her diminutive voice wades through subdued, reverb-tinged rockabilly and cafe jazz, weaving stories of love and loss with the timbre of Jolie Holland or Neko Case. You’ve heard her version of “Shakin’ All Over” in True Blood, now see the real thing when Jewell plays Friday, June 18, at Studio E. Map supplied with ticket. 8pm. $25. 707.542.7143.
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Across the Bridge: June 16-22

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Erykah Badu

Last seen wandering Dealy Plaza, ripping off her clothes.

June 18 at the Paramount Theater.LSD and the Search for God

Priapic defense threshing curdled, softly bifurcated along Wheatsonshire.

June 18 at the Hemlock Tavern.Stars

Canadian luminaries and Broken Social Scene members play two nights.

June 19-20 at the Independent.Tinariwen

Southern Saharan refugees with the punkest desert blues in the world.

June 21 at Yoshi’s San Francisco.Psychedelic Furs

Surprisingly spry Richard Butler still throwing love your way.

June 22 at the Fillmore.Matmos

Strange, surgery-obsessed Björk collaborators.

June 22 at the Rickshaw Stop.

More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 13: Wayne 'the Train' Hancock at the Last Day Saloon

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Every word sung by Wayne ‘the Train’ Hancock sounds like it’s emitting from a broken speaker in a tiny AM radio in the corner of an all-night diner. When horses take on Hancock’s tone, we call it “whinnying”; when Hancock himself does it, we call it “genius.” Responsible for the great road song “Thunderstorms and Neon Signs,” Hancock is also behind this bit of unforgettable stage banter: “This is a song about drinkin’ and drivin’. Who out there likes to go drivin’ drunk?” (Icy silence, no one raises a hand.) “Aw, no one likes to admit it . . . but hell, it sure is fun!” Marvel at how he strums his guitar with no pick for over an hour, and gets caught up talking about hot rods on the street outside, when Hancock plays on Sunday, June 13, at the Last Day Saloon. 6:30pm. $15–$18. 707.545.2343.
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June 12: Merle Haggard at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Never one to pass up a chance to remind people he’s no longer the redneck of “Okie from Muskogee,” Merle Haggard these days peppers his concerts with references to smoking weed, jokes about wearing a bra and even occasional barbs about the mentality (or lack thereof) of the “all-American” towns he finds himself serenading. With his longtime associates the Strangers ably backing him up, his concerts are a journey through the history of country music itself, from the early hit “Mama Tried” to the 1970s barn-burner “Big City” to the tenderness of “If I Could Only Fly.” The Hag lives in quiet seclusion somewhere up near St. Helena, but when he’s on tour, glimmers of the hellraiser he once was still shine. See him on Saturday, June 12, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $70–$85. 707.259.0123.
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June 11-13: Ray Barbee, Omar Hassan, Tommy Guerrero and John Cardiel at the Harmony Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Though this weekend’s Harmony Festival won’t feature the gigantic MegaRamp from last year, it will have four bona fide legends of skateboarding at the street course: Ray Barbee, Omar Hassan, Tommy Guerrero and John Cardiel. Cardiel, in particular, is an inspiring innovator with a sad story: a famously death-defying skater whose sheer balls helped him land many a seemingly impossible trick, he was severely injured when a friend accidentally ran over him. His career and eventual recovery are chronicled in the amazing documentary Epicly Later’d: John Cardiel (it’s on Netflix Instant Watch, yo), and his still-able body will be at the mini ramp and car-jump street course, riding, DJ-ing and judging with Barbee, Hassan and Guerrero—and you, if you bring your board!—on Friday and Sunday, June 11–13, at the Harmony Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 2–10pm Friday; 10am–10pm Saturday and Sunday. Free with $30–$35 admission. 707.721.7515.
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June 11: Truth Movement at 19 Broadway Niteclub

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Hollywood actor Corey Feldman garnered great acclaim in such films as The Goonies, Stand by Me and The Lost Boys. But little did we know that while Feldman was voicing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and starring in Meatballs 4, he was busy hatching a plan to dominate the world through the true rock power of his saxophone- and female-backup-singer-laden band Truth Movement. Feldman has learned from the best—his second marriage was officiated by none other than MC Hammer—and his low bellowing makes for absolutely no connection to the squeaky-voiced youngster you knew and loved. But it’s Corey Feldman! Catch him in the middle of a tour of amusement parks and golf tournaments on Friday, June 11, at 19 Broadway Niteclub. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 10pm. $23–$30. 415.459.1091.
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