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  Volume 1, Number 6 - June 14, 2006 - San Jose, CA

Summer's heating up, so chill out with your favorite beverage and witness...

880 South, Guru, Dirty Southern Rock, A Pre-Season Matchup and Girl Fights

Guru w/ DJ Solar

Guru w/ DJ Solar

when:Saturday, June 17, 10pm
where:Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St., San Jose

THE MEANING OF LIFE: With Gang Starr, Guru rose to the street heights of the rap world, but that glory comes with a price. Now hooked up with DJ Solar and working their own label, Guru is again scraping and scratching up the rap ladder hitting small venues with his signature style of flowing calmness backed by hard cut beats. Guru probably has one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop and, with DJ Solar manning the decks, the duo is about as true to the game as it gets in an era when rap has become more about showboating than telling it like it is.

Nectar v.3 49ers

Nectar v.3 49ers/ Raiders Charity Basketball Game After Party

when:Saturday, June 17, 10pm
where:Angels Ultra Lounge and Cabaret

PRE-PRESEASON: Pros from the 49ers and the Raiders are holding their annual Charity Basketball Game this weekend benefiting The Dream Big Foundation and the official after party is going down at Angels. Hosted by ballers Mike Rumph and Kevan Barlow with smooth house funk provided by the 600inc crew.

Matchbook Romance

Matchbook Romance @ Metro's Music in the Other Park

when:Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm
where:St. James Park, First and St. James St., Downtown San Jose
price:Absolutely free

MATCHBOOK ROMANCE: Post-punk, hardcore-emo, alt, whatever you label them, Matchbook Romance is good. Their melodious rhythms and poignant lyrics speak to a generation deviating from the cookie cutter commercialism of mainstream radio and finding soulful tunes with that new punk edge on the fringes of the dial.

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

when:Sunday, June 18th, 5:30pm
where:Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy., Mountain View

DIRTY SOUTH: Southern rock at times may have been down, but never count it out and the Drive-By Truckers are making sure that by channeling the likes of Lynard Skynard and CCR it stays in the collective consciousness. The Drive-By Trucker's sometimes revolving slate of musicians from the quasi-Oracle of modern music, Athens, Georgia throw down some serious alt-country and indie rock licks from their three axe attack. DBT is so steeped in a root country sound, however, that one almost expects to see jugs of moonshine thrown from the stage.



when:Saturday, June 17, 9pm
where:The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose

SUBORDINATION AIN'T THEIR THING: Blending a unique style of hip-hop, reggae and hard core riffs, true San Jose rockers Insolence make their way back to the town and times where it all began with an exclusive hometown show to kick off their upcoming album tour. Insolence's new stuff is moving further into dub and reggae, but these local boys still rock hard when it counts.

Patronz Boxing for Benjamin's

Patronz Boxing for Benjamin's

when:Thursday, June 15, 9pm
where:Scores Sports Bar and Grill, 417 S. First St., San Jose
price:Free w/ College ID

HIT 'EM HIGH: Usually we tell you about clubs where you can watch grown men go toe to toe, but we wholly believe in the equality of the sexes. So, this weekend you can watch grown women go toe to! It's going to be six girls, one ring and 2 for 1 drink specials. Don't worry, the girls will be wearing gloves and Djs Reckid, Devious Dave, Jammin J and Leslie Perez provide the theme music, but you probably won't hear "Gonna Fly Now."

The Rivals, Last Laugh and 12 Steps to Nothing

The Rivals, Last Laugh and 12 Steps to Nothing

when:Wednesday, June 14, 9pm
where:Tres Gringos, 83 S. Second St., San Jose

THOSE DARN PUNKS: All they've got are three chords, some ripping vocals and the truth. Gutter punks from seemingly disparate beginnings are rumbling through downtown with all of their angst firmly intact and Tres Gringos in gonna try to corral it. Last Laugh, The Rivals and 12 Steps to Nothing though aren't in the habit of capitulating to the Man.

880 South

880 South w/ Shakedown

when:Friday, June 16, 6pm
where:Smoke Tiki Lounge, 152 Post St., San Jose

880 SOUTH: Hitting local ears with a three-pronged attack of reggae, soul and pure rock n' roll, 880 South blends musical stylings that are truly California. The quartet has been playing together for years and 880 South is one of the tightest outfits on the local scene belting out an undeniable groove that's sure to get ya up and moving. To see these guys on the best patio in town is almost too much.

Speaker Box

Speaker Box

when:Thursday, June 15, 9pm
where:Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First St., San Jose
price:Free before 10:30pm

SESSIONS: The infamous Speaker Box Sessions are taking flight once again and all of you that hit up the last lecture on the science of beats and philosophy of rap know that this is one show that can't be missed. Resident artist Mr. Choe starts things off once again but this time he's backed by DJ Lex with True Justice, Quick Silver and Deuce Ace with the bands Lifted and the Whiskey Avengers rounding out the bill for one of the best cross-genre lineups we've seen ever.

Remember These for Future Use

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat

when:Wednesday, July 5
where:The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., Downtown San Jose

HALLELUJAH: Reverend Horton Heat the original preacher of the sinful ways of liquor, gambling, fast cars and faster women makes his return to San Jose after a nearly six-year absence. These psychobilly boys from Texas sell-out every venue they play and we all know how small the Blank Club is so score some tickets early. The Rev sets up his proselytizing tent and begins the sermon to hell at the Blank Club July 5th.


Pacific Art Collective's Collabo

when:Friday, June 23rd, 7:30pm
where:Avalon Nightclub, 777 Lawrence Expwy, Santa Clara
price:$10 before 10pm, $15 after

COLLABO: The Pacific Art Collective's monthly mash-up of artists, poets, dancers and musicians is heading back to the Avalon Nightclub for a full night of senses altering entertainment. Local artists from across the Bay Area will showcase their work through prepared exhibits and a live demonstration of collaborative talent while hip-hop, reggae, and rock fusion bands kick out the sounds. If you like those all-day festivals of music and performance art, then Collabo has to be on your weekend hit list.

Rock the Bells

Rock the Bells

when:Sun, Aug 6, 11am
where:Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord

ROCK THE BELLS: This world class hip-hop platform features Wu-Tang, Mos Def, De La Soul, Redman and many more beat philosophers. Tickets for the Nor Cal show are on sale now, so get 'em.

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—This week's newsletter by: RO, AR, and BW


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