Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Across the Bridge: June 8-15

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Death Cab for Cutie

Once-towering indie troupe settles into subtle electronica, tepid reviews of new album. June 9 at the Fillmore.RuPaul

Legendary drag queen with new digital-only release, Glamazon, appears in signing. June 11 at Amoeba SF.Black Lips

Who else has rocked a Tijuana house party . . . and a luxury cruise? June 11 at Great American Music Hall.Impulse! Mondays

Series celebrates iconic jazz label. This Monday, Shirley Scott tribute with Sundra Manning. June 13 at Yoshi’s SF.Barbara Manning

She sang about Dock Ellis’ no-hitter on LSD long before the viral animated video. June 14 at the Hemlock Tavern.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 5: Annadel XC at Annadel State Park - POSTPONED TO JUNE 25

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

In mountain-biking circles, the Rockhopper is the stuff of legend. A race featuring early adopters of a new kind of racing. Guys like Gary Fisher, Gavin Chilcott, Tom Murray. And the place couldn’t have been better: Annadel State Park. With threats to close Annadel coming from Sacramento almost monthly, it seems, Bike Monkey is bringing back the Rockhopper under the banner of the Annadel XC—a 14-, 19- and 27-mile race benefiting park upkeep and providing a formalized race on the best mountain biking trails in the region on Sunday, June 5, starting in downtown Santa Rosa through to Annadel State Park. 8am. Spectators free; registration open until day of race, info. at

UPDATE: Due to rain, this race has been rescheduled to June 25. More details here.

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June 4-5: Pride Weekend in Santa Rosa and Guernville

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

There are two main events for Pride Weekend, and neither is to be missed. Julie Goldman, a self-described New York “butch-lez,” and Ali Mafi, “maybe the world’s only gay Iranian comic,” headline Pride Comedy Night on Saturday, June 4, at 8pm at the Wells Fargo Center (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; $19–$35; 707.546.3600). The next day sees the fabulously titled celebration Gay Sera, Syrah, with a morning parade down Main Street in Guerneville and ending with a festival featuring Coyote Grace, Sistahs in the Pit, Ananta, Polkanomics and others on Sunday, June 5, at the Guerneville Lodge (15905 River Road, Guerneville; 12pm; free). For more information, see
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June 4: Dierks Bentley at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds - POSTPONED TO AUGUST 21

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Time was that Dierks Bentley sang polished radio hits and starred in slick videos , playing the usual Nashville game. But like many before him, Bentley broke away to record a confident bluegrass album, Up on the Ridge, last year. Featuring covers of Bob Dylan (“Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)”) and U2 (“Pride (In the Name of Love)”), the record calls in help from Americana stars Del McCoury and Alison Krauss. Bentley brings this no-nonsense sound to the Sonoma Country Music BBQ, featuring television star Kellie Pickler and Joe “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” Nichols, on Saturday, June 4, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 4pm. $45–$55. Note: Due to rain, this event has been postponed to August 21. More details here.
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June 3: Old 97s at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

There’s just something about a literate, smart, quick-witted heartbroken man. The Old 97s, who take their name from an old country song, have for 18 years consistently been more like a college thesis than a scratchy old 45. Frontman Rhett Miller has an erudite way with words befitting his creative-writing background, even while draining his guitar of feedback and his beer bottles of their liquid inspiration. Live, the band is a throwback to the energy that made “alt-country” important in the first place before it got distilled by Prozac and commercial success. Get swept up in their sweet boozy twang on Friday, June 3, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $21–$23. 707.765.2121.
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Across the Bridge: June 1-7

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Architecture in Helsinki

Mason-jar–tight Australian pop mavericks and multi-instrumentalists play free in-store. Jun 3 at Amoeba SF. Bootsy Collins

Bassist supreme brings whatever band he may have with whatever personality he may have. Jun 4 at the Fillmore. ROVA Saxophone Quartet

Bay Area avant-garde legends celebrate exactly 33 1/3 years together. Jun 4 at Swedish American Hall. Omar Souleyman

Syrian phenomenon described as “Jihadi techno” always brings, bamboozles the party. Jun 7 at Mezzanine. Matmos

Electronic duo whose apex remains an album entirely sampled from plastic surgery. Jun 8 at Bottom of the Hill.

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