Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Apr. 7: Ride the Divide at Summerfield Cinemas

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Only the very fit and/or very crazy can even fathom racing the Tour Divide, probably the world’s hardest mountain bike race which runs 2,700 miles from Banff, Canada, to Antelop Well, N.M., at the Mexican border. Self-supported for usually three weeks, cyclists race against the clock as much as their own breaking point. ‘Ride the Divide’ documents the race and screens Thursday, April 7, at Summerfield Cinemas.

551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $15. 707.522.0719.

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Apr. 7: George Thorogood and the Destroyers at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Since the late 1970s, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have been churning out a brawny assimilation of the blues genre typical of white bar bands after the British Invasion. The bandanna may now conceal the hairline, but there’s no hiding the influence of John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Hound Dog Taylor when “Bad to the Bone” is dusted off yet again on Thursday, April 7, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40–$50. 707.259.0333.
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Apr. 6-13: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM

The Dodos

San Francisco’s own high-energy strum factory appear with ‘No Color’ in tow. Apr 7 at the Fillmore. Omar Rodriguez-LopezCreative force of Mars Volta, At the Drive-In brandishes wild guitar, giant afro. Apr 12 at Great American Music Hall.

Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst’s proclaimed final folksy hurrah under this moniker. Apr 12 at the Fox Theater. Broken Social Scene

Kevin Barnes and juggernaut: wrapped in leather, clarion-calling the masses. Apr 13 at the Warfield. Rural Alberta Advantage

Canadian Saddle Creek signees tour in support of new album, ‘Departing.’ Apr 13-14 at Bottom of the Hill.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Oct. 11: Nomeansno and Victims Family at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The name Victims Family is synonymous with the Sonoma County underground, and yet no band before or since has ever sounded anything remotely like them. The dizzying trio who blazed an unchartered trail of jazz, hardcore, funk and psychedelia throughout the ’80s and ’90s released six studio albums which to this day defy all convention—their 1990 classic White Bread Blues sees a vinyl re-release on Saint Rose Records later this year. After 25 years, the band plays only very sporadically—Tom Solyan is now a roadie for Sheryl Crow, Larry Boothroyd plays in Triclops and Ralph Spight, naturally, teaches guitar classes—and there’s no better band for Victims Family to share a double bill with than their old tour mates Nomeansno on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $10. 707.762.3565.Gabe Meline
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