Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dec. 21-27: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Hanin Elias
Alec Empire’s token super-vixen from Atari Teenage Riot strikes out on her own. Dec 22 at Hemlock Tavern.

Dan the Automator
Architect of Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030 and Gorillaz plays DJ set at Holiday Ball. Dec 22 at Rickshaw Stop.

Plastic Fauxno Band
Over two hours of John Lennon hits from tribute band. Dec 23 at Great American Music Hall.

Brian McKnight
Multimillion-selling singer and producer sits in for a holiday show at the jazz club. Dec 20-23 at Yoshi’s SF.

Tony! Toni! Toné
Without Raphael Saadiq, Oakland’s R&B heroes soldier on in style. Dec 23-24 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dec. 18: Holiday Hoedown at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

This year, instead of lying to poor old granny about wearing that hideous sweater she bought you for the holidays, come to the Holiday Hoedown and get some real wear out of it while supporting Petaluma’s COTS program. Arann Harris and the Farm Band present the accompanying Ugly Sweater Contest, which is sure to draw in fashion the connoisseurs of the world. Break out that Huxtable-style sweater and rock to the upbeat sounds of openers the California Honeydrops and the Barbary Ghosts on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Mystic Theater. 23 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 6pm. $10 with can of food; $15 without. 707.765.2121.

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Dec. 17: The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Uptown Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM

With the Christmas shopping traffic, endless to-do lists and not-so-jolly family members, the holiday season can be a complete drag. But the worst aspect of the season is the inescapable droning Christmas music played on repeat everywhere from shopping malls to doctor’s offices. One dependable escape from the horrid holiday jingles, besides barricading yourself in the house for the winter season, is the Grammy award—winning album Go Tell It on the Mountain by the Blind Boys of Alabama, now into their eighth decade. Experience Christmas music done right on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 8pm. $40. 707.259.0123.

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Dec. 17: Tea Leaf Green at the Palm Ballroom

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

The boys of Tea Leaf Green have had their share of love-induced tribulations. But though the self-proclaimed “bruised romantics” have been beaten down by love, they’re using their contemporary style to mark their personal sacrifices and triumphs. Formed in 1996, their most recent album Radio Tragedy is a keeper, but it’s live and onstage where the band shines. The 13-year veterans of Tea Leaf Green share their softer side, Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Palm Ballroom. 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. 9pm. $20—$30. 415.389.5072.

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Dec. 17: Two Gallants at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Through frontman Adam Stephens’ raspy voice and anecdotal mentality, the boys of Two Gallants conjure the essence of Billy Joel back in his “Piano Man” days. Much like their car-accident-prone predecessor, the band creates breathtaking imagery from less-than hopeful content, spinning murderous tales into feel-good jams. Be there when the reformed Gallants brings their folk-meets-modern-indie-rock sound on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $21. 707.765.2121.

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Dec. 18: Clairdee at the Raven Theater

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Jazz is about reinvention as much as improvisation, and the sassy and angelic-voiced Clairdee revamps tired old classic Christmas jingles, carrying them into the year 2011. Along with her San Francisco—based sextet, she brings the upbeat sounds of jazz and soul to the holiday season. Before she takes the stage at famed jazz club Yoshi’s, bring a blanket and cuddle up with some loved ones for the show, sponsored by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Raven. 415 Center St., Healdsburg. 8pm. $5—$25. 707.522.0330.

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Dec. 15-16 and 20: The Christmas Jug Band

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Every year the Christmas Jug Band breaks out their wacky tunes in the name of the Christmas Spirit. The band’s latest album—Uncorked, featuring the breakout hit “Santa Lost a Ho”—fuses the classic sounds of jazz, blues folk and rock. The Christmas Jug Band make their Northern California rounds with special guests for each date: Thursday, Dec. 15, at George’s (842 Fourth St., San Rafael; 8:30pm; $20; 415.226.0262); Friday, Dec. 16, at the Raven Theater (115 North St., Healdsburg; 8pm; $10—$20; 707.433.6335); and Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 8pm: $15—$25; 415.383.9600).

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Dec. 16: Brotha Lynch Hung at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM

While listening to Brotha Lynch Hung perform live, you’d never guess that the Sacramento native, born Kevin Danell Mann, was a lonely and reclusive child. As an innovator of horrorcore rap, Hung employs hard-hitting, often stark lyrics to make his mark. Though 2010’s Dinner and a Movie eluded to a softer side, his follow-up, titled Coathanga Strangla, reaffirmed his rep. Andre Nickatina joins Brotha Lynch Hung in a concert not intended for the faint of heart Friday, Dec. 16 at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.762.3565.

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Dec. 14-20: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Tommy Guerrero
Street skating legend and musician plays benefit for SF Food Bank. Dec 15 at Cafe du Nord.

The Pharcyde
“Passin’ Me By” hitmakers take their bizzare ride to the jazz club with live band. Dec 16 at Yoshi’s SF.

After defining “crossover,” seminal hardcore band returns playing classic ‘Dealing With It’-era thrash. Dec 16 at Slim’s.

Tori Amos
Pianist and singer with a new album, ‘Night of Hunters,’ out on classical label. Dec 16 at the Paramount Theater.

The Naked and Famous
New Zealand buzz band working actively on the latter, lackadaisically on the former. Dec 18-19 at the Independent.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dec. 10: MiMOSA at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:35 PM

If the dubstep DJ and producer MiMOSA were able to time travel to any other generation, his funky, energetic style would probably fall on deaf (or confused) ears. But in 2011, his dubstep style affords him prominence in the vastly popular subgenre. Born Tigran Mkhitaryan and raised in San Francisco, MiMOSA lives in Los Angeles with five albums to his credit. Sharing the stage with dubstep gods Bassnectar and Flying Lotus keeps this newcomer humble; for a taste of originality, see Mimosa on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington Ave., Petaluma. 8pm. $20—$25. 707.762.3565.

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