Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 18-25: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Swedish band whose ‘Shape of Punk to Come’ has actually lived up to its title. Apr 18 at the Warfield.

Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Famed saxophonist with excellent sidemen appears with guest vocalist Maria Farantouri. Apr 22 at Herbst Theatre.

Ultra-cinematic, majestic pop poised to properly overtake those tiny white earbuds. Apr 22-23 at the Fillmore.

Screaming Females
Tuneful New Jersey trio with actually only one screaming female, with latest LP, ‘Ugly.’ Apr 24 at Bottom of the Hill.

St. Vincent
Brooklyn chanteuse and guitar-shredder Annie Clark appears in double bill with tUnE-yArDs. Apr 24 at the Fox Theater.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 14: Inspector Gadje at the Petaluma Museum

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

This week, Inspector Gadje plays in Petaluma as a part of the Romani arts and culture celebration. And, no, that was not a typo for “Inspector Gadget.” Like Inspector Gadget, this band consists of over a dozen instruments; unlike the quirky 1980s cartoon, it emits a mighty Balkan brass sound that turns heads. (No crime fighting will be done during or after the concert, we hear.) Featuring Santa Rosa native Peter Bonos, the group plays alongside Sani Rifati, with art by Tina Burbank and Xylena Apotheloz, and authentic Romani/Balkan food from Julia Pecak. Get ready and go-go to Petaluma on Saturday, April 14, at the Petaluma Museum. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. $10. Noon. 707.778.4398.

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April 13: Zombie Prom at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Sabertooth Zombie, No Air, Strike to Survive, In Possession, the Vibrating Antennas, Sexual Receptacle, Between Ships, Down Dirty Shake. Screaming. Zombie attire. Prom. If any of these words strike excitement in your bones, prepare to get punked out for the Zombie Prom this weekend in Petaluma. Yes, you can stop waiting for Halloween; it’s time to break out all of the fake blood and other gruesome materials being stored in the back of the closet, because admission is lower when proper zombie attire is worn. Sabertooth Zombie is easily one of the area’s best punk bands, and No Sir has just released a 7-inch brutal enough to even scare the undead. It’s going down on Friday, April 13, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 8pm. $7–$10. 707.764.3565.

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April 13: Lukas Nelson at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, plays with his band Promise of the Real this weekend. Based out of L.A. and Hawaii, this rock band provides the crowd with a more bluesy-rock sound than one might expect of the son of a country music legend. But the real question at hand is this: How much weed do you have to smoke to even compare to your father? Playing music is great, but is it basically mandatory to be high 24/7 when you are Willie Nelson’s son? See for yourself this Friday, April 13, at the Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. $22. 8pm. 415.388.3850.

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April 14: Peggy Fleming at Schulz Museum

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Everything’s cooler when it’s done on an ice skating rink. Literally! All joking aside, bringing home an Olympic gold medal and being able to say “I am a three-time world champion figure skater” probably isn’t something everyone gets to announce on the daily. Peggy Fleming, however, is someone who does. She’s also co-owner of Fleming Jenkins Vineyards in Los Gatos, and an ambassador for ice-skating around the world. The 1968 Olympic champion will be meeting with other ice skating enthusiasts this weekend in Santa Rosa, tied to the Schulz Museum’s current exhibit about women in sports. Be there on Saturday, April 14, at the Schulz Museum. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Free with museum admission. 1pm. 707.579.4452.

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April 14: Too Short at 19 Broadway

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttcccccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Too $hort plays this Saturday, April 14, at 19 Broadway. 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 10pm. $29. 415.459.1091.

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April 11-18: Across the Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Watt, Hurley and fROMOHIO back on the spiel tour, for their first shows in 18 years. Apr 11 at Slim’s.

The Pink Floyd of our time graces the Bay Area on the way down to Coachella. Apr 11 at the HP Pavilion.

Godspeed You Black Emperor
Pioneering Canadian ensemble settles in for one-week residency. Apr 16-20 at Great American Music Hall.

Towering stage set of amplifiers, pummeling wall of bass, gyrating molecules of life. Apr 17 at the Fox Theater.

Seminal Britpop band, whose Jarvis Cocker is in the dreams of 30% of all womankind, plays anticipated show. Apr 17 at the Warfield.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 6: Honey Ear Trio at Throckmorton Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Erik Lawrence’s saxophone is wild, in the best possible way. Tethered by stellar drummer Allison Milller, who’s played with everyone from Ani DiFranco to avant-garde saxophonist Marty Erlich (in addition to her own band Boom Tic Boom), and Rene Hart on bass and electronics, the Honey Ear Trio fearlessly blasts through soundscapes spanning multiple genres. Based in a jazz improv tradition, this is the sound of musicians willing to push the boundaries. Their latest album Steampunk Serenade came out in 2011, and they show off their signature electronic jazz-rock-soul experience on a double bill with Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors on Friday, April 6, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $18–$28. 8pm. 415.383.9600.

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April 7: Judy Collins at Book Passage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

When I was a kid, my mom had a Best of Judy Collins record that I listened to obsessively, playing “Send in the Clowns” and “Both Sides Now” on repeat. Yes, even at the age of eight I was already prepping for a life of constant sorrow. It wasn’t until years later that I learned my favorite childhood folk singer was actually the inspiration for “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Turns out that Judy Collins had a two-year relationship with Stephen Stills that ended tragically when she left him for future Sgt. Stedenko Stacy Keach. No doubt, this will be discussed in her new book Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, and in person when Judy Collins appears on Saturday, April 7, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 1pm. 415.927.0960.

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April 6: Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs at Hopmonk Tavern

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It might be hard to tell from the grainy video shot at Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady last September, but yes, the man who spontaneously joined Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs for two songs was none other than Carlos Santana. Cindy Blackman, the jazz drummer who backed up Lenny Kravitz and happens to be married to Santana, joined the Texas-blues juggernaut on drums. Halfway through the video, they all tear into a blistering blues jam, blasting straight to the outer limits and taking the audience on a ride on the blue space wave to the fourth dimension of rock. Thank you, O Swami Santana, lord of all things electric and stringed, and thank you, Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, for kicking out the jams on Friday, April 6, at the Hopmonk Tavern. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 8pm. $12. 707.829.7300.

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