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  Volume 1, Number 9 - July 5, 2006 - San Jose, CA

The Fourth of July is barely behind us and now you've got to get ready for...

The Reverend, The Beatles, LL Cool J, Vans Warped Tour, Fake Blue Ribbons and A Downward Spiral

Reverend Horton Heat

Reverend Horton Heat

when:Wednesday, July 5th, 9pm
where:The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., 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. Other Reverend shows have been added around the Bay Area, so check with your local greasers for info.

White Album Ensemble

White Album Ensemble @ Metro's Music in the Park

when:Thursday, July 6th, 5pm
where:Plaza de Ceasr Chavez, Market and San Carlos Sts., Downtown San Jose

RUBBER SOUL: We suppose that parlaying your obsession into a viable occupation is the dream of every fan, well the White Album Ensemble has done just that taking their deep-rooted Beatlemania, nascent musical talent and love splashy colored faux military uniforms to create one of the best Beatles cover bands ever. You usually see cover bands devoted solely to harder rocking outfits, but to see one covering the Beatles is nprobably your mom's dream come true. Here's a big cheers to knowing that Yoko won't show up.

Lee Rocker

Lee Rocker @ Blue Jean Bop

when:Sunday, July 9th, noon-midnight
where:Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Rd., Fremont

ROCK THIS TOWN: After the breakup of the Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker and Brian Setzer went their seperate ways, but didn't necessarily swing to different musical drummers. Sure, Setzer now has BSO with more band members and tour buses than any self-respecting greaser should have which, subsequently, is why Lee Rocker—the perennial badass bassist—kept things simple never straying far from his garage day greaser roots. Yeah, he may not have as big a name as Setzer, but we guarantee he'll keep his hair high, his hot rod and liver fueled and never sing Hollywood Nocturne. Lee Rocker and other rockabilly guitar slingers, thousands of hotrods, Bettie Page look alikes and assorted pin up girl wannabes (god bless 'em), barbecue and booze will converge on the Saddle Rack to warp you back to the Fifties.

The Aggrolites

The Aggrolites w/ Whiskey Avengers and Firme

when:Friday, July 7th, 9pm
where:The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose

HELLCAT SKA: Carrying the reggae rock flag flown by the Clash, Operation Ivy and Rancid, the Aggrolites are a Southern California quintet immersed in rebel music. And in a serendipitous turn, the Aggrolites released their latest self-titled album on Tim Armstrong's Hellcat Records label. Break out the monkey boots and the Fred Perry gear, grab an imperial pint and skank your blues away. With Firme and Whiskey Avengers.

LL Cool J

LL Cool J

when:Sunday, July 9th, 9pm
where:The Fillmore, 1805 Geary, San Francisco

MAMA'S GONNA KNOCK YOU OUT: Back in the day before every wannabe thug on the streets with a drum beat machine thinks he's a rapper there was LL Cool J throwing down street beat rhymes, eyeballing your girl and rising to the top of the rap world. Well, this was also back in the day before every rapper thought he was also a movie star, but in LL's defense, he actually can act and his lyrics still got the punch to knock you flat on your rump.

Vans Warped Tour

Vans Warped Tour w/ NOFX, Joan Jett, Less Than Jake and others

when:Saturday, July 8th, 11am
where:Pier 30-32, San Francisco

SKATE PUNKS: The venerable all day summer fest for angst ridden teenagers (and those of us not willing to grow up) returns to the San Francsco Wharf for another fun filled day of bloody elbows, 720's, studded belts, tattoos, skate boards and blow-your-amp screeching punk rock. As usual one of the best punk outfits ever, NOFX, headlines with buildup performances from Less Than Jake, Joan Jett, Rise Against, Motion City Soundtrack and Save the Day. The first 100 with a new Volcom hat and an Independant Trucks T-shirt get in for free! Just kidding, Larry.



when:Saturday, July 8th, 9:30pm
where:Angels Ultra Lounge and Cabaret, 400 S. First St., San Jose

WE REMEMBER: The Fame party returns to Downtown San Jose and it still has nothing to do with David Bowie, the TV show or Irene Cara, but this time around it will feature guest DJ Knuckles, voted best West Coast DJ for 2005—and with the ever-proliferating slate of spinners that we generate, that's saying something. The regular bill of turntable maestros get the party rolling, but not as well as the $2 drink specials, we imagine.

Best in Show

Best in Show @ Cinema San Pedro

when:Wednesday, July 5th, dusk
where:San Pedro Square, Downtown San Jose

AND THE WINNER IS: Christopher Guest's absolutely hilarious mockumentary riff on the K9 catastrophies of the Westminster Dog Show is great no matter where you catch it. To catch it outside at the Cinema San Pedro outdoor movie series is akin to bringing home the blue ribbon yourself. Seriously the depths of perversion these peopel go to, even if it's mock perversion, makes whatever your unhealthy obsession is look like a kindergarten puppy dog love crush.

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

when:Saturday, July 8th, 7pm
where:Shoreline Amphitheater, 1 Amphitheater Pkwy., Mountain View

HEAD LIKE A HOLE: The defining '90s industrial metal band, Nine Inch Nails and their over-amped front man Trent Reznor bring unhinged and unexpected chaos to Shoreline for a black-clad ceremony of visceral noise. It's one thing to see videos of Nine Inch Nails, but seeing them live has either incited riots or sent concert goers of questionable mettle run screaming for their mommies. '80s goth band Bauhaus open up and we've got a Jackson saying they'll play Bela Lugosi's Dead.

Mark the Date; We Will

Women of Playboy Golf Casting Call

Women of Playboy Golf Casting Call

when:Saturday, August 5th, 7pm
where:Taste Ultra Lounge, 87 N. San Pedro, San Jose
price:Free before 11pm

BIRDIES, EAGLES, BUNNIES: You've gotta love a nightclub event that combines two of our favorite pastimes. The Playboy Golf Tournament will be looking for ladies to work the now classic event that's teeing up on August 21st and to console those who slice because their not keeping their eyes on the ball. But, c'mon, really, we can't even keep our minds on this newsletter now.

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