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Wed. Aug. 9, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
No Use For A Name
FEELS LIKE HOME:
Local 408 punks No Use For A Name take a night from their skateboards and being mainstays on the Van's Warped Tour to kick down a little hometown love. These hardcore punks don't follow trends (reference former punk bands going the black nail polish, eyeliner and floppy haired emo route) and never say die. Even though the lineup of NUFAN has had some defections over the years, original members Tony Sly and Rory Koff still crank the amps for a sonic assault like few others. Venerable Downtown San Jo retro punks, The Odd Numbers open up.
Wed. Aug. 9, Dusk
San Pedro Square
San Pedro & Santa Clara Sts.,
Galaxy Quest @ Cinema San Pedro
NTE - 3120:
One of the best spoofs of the sci-fi genre that sorely needed it, Galaxy Quest hits nearly every mark it set out to and even if you don't like Tim Allen (we'd ask for a show of hands, but probably can't count that high) he's actually tolerable in the Captain's chair and Sigourney Weaver only looked hotter when she was taking down the queen Alien in her skivvies. Plus, Alan Rickman is downright hilarious as the Spock-like First Officer. If you haven't seen Galaxy Quest and are a huge sci-fi fan, don your favorite Starfleet uniform, sit back and see what happens when Hollywood actually makes a good movie that pokes fun at your innermost love.
Thu. Aug. 10, 5:30pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Market & San Carlos Sts.,
The English Beat @ Metro's Music in the Park
NEW WAVE BRITS:
As one of the earliest new wave ska revival groups, The English Beat scored some monster commercial success in the early '80s due to their energetic sound and the fact that a fledgling MTV played "Save it for Later" and "I Confess" relentlessly. The English Beat actually disbanded around '83 with two of the members later forming Fine Young Cannibals--man, the deluge air play of "She Drives Me Crazy" almost sent us to the nuthouse--but has since started doing some touring due to the second revival of ska. Heck, if we're lucky legendary saxophonist Saxa will still be kickin' it.
Thu. Aug. 10, 7:30pm
S. First St. & San Salvador,
Kung Fu Vampire @ Music After Dark
CREATURE OF THE NIGHT:
Hip-hop, jazz, rap, lounge, goth, orchestral fusion may sound like we were just spewing out a laundry list of musical styles, but we're actually talking about Kung Fu Vampire, one of the sickest bands to ever come out of the Bay Area scene. With an on stage presence 10-strong encompassing strings, a keyboardist, a visualist, guitar and beats, KFV drops street poignant lyrics over a beat heavy, but totally smooth and dark loungey sound that kicks like a Frankenstein amalgamation of Dino, Dizzy, Bahaus and Mos Def.
Thu. Aug. 10, 10pm
Smoke Tiki Lounge
152 Post St., San Jose
Torched Thursdays @ Smoke Tiki Lounge
DEEP ISLAND BUZZ:
It's only August so summer isn't through with us yet and neither is Smoke Tiki Lounge. The Torched Thursday parties have been going off all summer and if you can get through the door and out to the patio in this madhouse DJ throw down without using a few well-placed elbows consider yourself lucky. Seriously, Smoke's been packing them in since they launched and the Thursday party featuring DJ Dinero, drinking games and some cheap-ass drinks has been the place to be, come on out and get wrecked...er, torched.
Thu. Aug. 10, 10pm
201 S. Second St., San Jose
Zero One: Switching
The American premiere of Danish director Morten Schjodt's participatory film Switching is creating some buzz at Zero One. The trick to this romantically narrative flick is that it can be radically altered by the viewer's responses to the screened stimuli. The results change every time Switching plays with the director's cut showing at 7pm and the audience cut at 9pm.
Fri. Aug. 11, 7pm
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
The Mexican rap-rockers Molotov blasted the Spanish-English language barrier when they hit in 1995 with their controversial and politically tinged lyrics spun over a heavy bass line. Despite the consternation Molotov's music sometimes caused the establishment, the band always seemed to emerge from the conflict unscathed with their popularity growing exponentially with every performance. Their latest album Con Todo Respeto ("With All Due Respect") can be heard in perpetuity on some Mexican radio stations.
Fri. Aug. 11, 8:30pm
628 Divisidaro St.,
$10 adv./ $12 door
BIG WAVE KINGS:
Fueled by high-octane surf guitar licks melding with '60s style futuristic psychedelia, The Mermen wholly distinguish themselves from other disciples of the legendary Dick Dale. The Mermen are fearless on stage redefining surf rock with a healthy dose of Sonic Youth style reverb and alt tinged lyrics. Surfers during the day, The Mermen play like they ride so it's serendipitous that this performance accompanies the premiere of the 2006 Maverick's Big Wave Surf Competition flick
Fri. Aug. 11, 10pm
Mission Ale House
97 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Flashback Fridays @ Mission Ale House
THE DAYS BEFORE HYPHY:
Thirsting for that retro DJ vibe rather than hearing "My Humps" six times a night at the club? Look no further than Mission Ale House who is bringing the Psycho Cells Crew in on Fridays to drop funk, rock, new wave and B-side beats from before the millennium. DJs Rich, As Is and Cutso man the triple threat vinyl attack with the Mission bartenders pouring up their usual potent slew of liver destroying cocktails.
Fri. Aug. 11, 9:30pm
146 S. Murphy St., Sunnyvale
49ers vs Bears After Party @ Abyss
THEY'RE STILL 0 - 0:
Okay, we know it's just preseason and Friday's match up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Monsters of the Midway Chicago Bears means absolutely nothing, still, it's football and we can't help but watch. The game is sure to be abysmal, but the after party at Abyss Nightclub will rock. Big Von from 106 KMEL will be manning the decks and the Abyss is kicking down some drink specials to initiate some fleeting hope for the 49ers new season...or perhaps so we can forget the last three years at the bottom of the NFL barrel.
Sat. Aug 12, 8pm
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus, San Francisco
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
JUMPING FROM 6 TO 6:
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are one of the purest rockabilly outfits playing today keeping the authentic roots of the sound alive yet blending it with Western swing, bluegrass and a spicy shake from the mariachi side. With their hair stacked high and boots polished, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have never been tighter. Their new studio release Turntable Matinee, sees Big Sandy tipping his hat to traditional Memphis soul complimenting the Fly-Rite Boy's signature old-fashioned rock and roll.
Sat. Aug. 12, 9:30pm
Angels Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
Fame @ Angels
The Fame party hits Angels again this Saturday night featuring the slick DJ stylings of the well-traveled Eric Cubiche. The Angels go-go dancers will be out in full force for this one with DJs nasty Nick, David Q and Reckid supplying the beats before Cubiche, a young turntable phenom, takes center stage.
Mon. Aug. 14, 9pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
HORNS A PLENTY:
Undisputed heavyweights in the New Orleans jazz scene, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band reflects the legendary jazz tradition of the Big Easy while opening up their sound to include soul, funk, blues and rock. Regularly playing gigs around the country, the Dirty Dozen are currently reworking the 35-year old Marvin Gaye masterpiece What's Going On? to commemorate the iconic Motown release and the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina showing that New Orleans jump jazz is still alive and kickin'.
Fri. Aug. 18, 9pm
777 Lawrence Expwy.,
Hot August Booty Nights
THIS AIN'T RENO:
The immense space of the Avalon Nightclub will be popping off in August with the premiere of Hot August Booty Nights featuring Bay Area club stars DJ Reflecta and DJ Johnny spinning hip-hop, new soul and club hits.
--This week's newsletter by: RO, MSG & TI
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