The weekend is no time to relax, it's a time for...
Dr. Jones, Massive Attack, Firme, Bone Thugs & B-Movie Thrash
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Sat. Sep. 23, 9pm
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove St., San Francisco
2nd Annual SF Lovefest Parade After Party
DAY OF THE DJ:
San Francisco Lovefest Weekend is here and once again the beat heads at Spundae, ESDJco and Skills are hosting the official After Party at the Bill Graham Civic kicking from 9pm to 4am. Of course, the largest outdoor dance party and parade in the Bay Area will rock again, but don't wear yourself out because the turntable scientists and beat philosophers manning the decks at the After Party is a veritable who's who list of the trance, house and jungle sets. Paul Oakenfold headlines the trance room, with Junkie XL, Christopher Lawrence and others. DJ Dan, Bad Boy Bill, Donald Glaude and the hottest chick to put a needle to a record, DJ Rap, drop the deep and funky tracks in the house room, while also pulling double duty in the jungle room with a special drum and bass set. The jungle room also features MC Audio Angel, Aphrodite, DJ Fresh and a host of others firmly committed to bass heavy rhythms.
Wed. Sep. 20, 7pm
982 Market St., San Francisco
Guns N' Roses
APPETITE FOR A NEW ALBUM:
Born from the sludge heap of disenchanted, angst ridden youth at a time when pop and glam metal were dominating the charts, Guns N' Roses reclaimed hard driving rock and roll for the masses. But, as often the case with rock, over inflated egos, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, personality clashes and the general excesses of being rock superstars finally got the better of GN'R and sadly the grittiest band in America called it quits. Axl Rose is the sole survivor from the days of "Paradise City," "Mr. Brownstone" and "Night Train" and this is the new lineup's first tour in years--the last was a disastrous performance at the 2002 VMA's, full of Rose's now signature on-stage tantrums--but, hell, GN'R live is GN'R live.
Wed. Sep. 20, 7:30pm
Bottom of the Hill
12331 17th St., San Francisco
The Lawrence Arms
WINDY CITY POLITICAL PUNKS:
Pure punk in all its beer guzzling, thrash riff, politically tinged, outspoken glory pretty much sums up The Lawrence Arms. Fresh off a tour with Lagwagon, the gritty trio from the lowest rent district of Chicago are back on the road again headlining smaller clubs where they're happy to play for free booze and some of those deliciously stale bar chips. The Draft, The Blackout Pact and Shinobu open up.
Thu. Sep. 21, Dusk
St. James Park
First & St. James Sts., San Jose
Raiders of the Lost Ark @ Cinema St. James
THROW ME THE IDOL:
Easily the best Indiana Jones adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark plays Cinema St. James tonight. In paying homage to the adventure comics of the '30s, Lucas, Spielberg and Harrison Ford created an iconic legend and a genuine blockbuster of a movie that never gets dull--even after many, many repeated viewings. In today's cinematic world so heavily steeped in CGI, Raiders has more than withstood the test of time. Let's all hope and pray that Lucas and Spielberg have the guts and sense to leave it alone.
Thu. Sep. 21, 9pm
72 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose
Allure @ Club Cuccini
Newly kicking it every Thursday at Club Cuccini is the Allure party featuring the DJ stylings of Jose Melendez, DJ David Q and DJ Vicious spinning the dance track and club hits in the main room and the back patio. But, slick DJ science isn't all you're going to get because Cuccini is running drink specials all night long with an unprecedented half-off special until 11pm for the early birds.
Thu. Sep. 21, 7pm
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus Ave.,
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
BIG BAND OF FUNK:
Reminiscent of funk soul legends from the '60s, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings are the contemporary real deal players of retro fueled, get down, sweaty and swingin' funk. Jones is correctly labeled as "The Queen of Funk" and like the other named "Queens" of yore, she has perfect and deserved reign with that title. The Dap Kings are a boiled down funk and soul outfit with a retro-swing bent sublimely complimenting the deep sultry soul vocals of Jones. Seriously, if you don't get up and dance to these guys, check your pulse.
Fri. Sep. 22, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
AIN'T NO PARTY:
Like the musical bastard son of a myriad of styles, Firme defies conventional classification, putting them all in the aural blender. Part ska/reggae, part salsa tinged jazz and all rock, Firme takes the stage eight strong and delivers a severe East Side San Jo elevating combo punch for the booty shakers on the dance floor followed with an uppercut to party music purists. Firme produces a get up and get down sound like few bands can even dream of. Drunken Starfighter and Mexican outfit, Fuga, open up.
Fri. Sep. 22, 9pm
Vault Ultra Lounge
81 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Flossy @ The Vault
DON'T CONSULT THE OED:
You know The Vault Ultra Lounge goes off every weekend with A-list clubbers getting their serious groove on, well, kids, this Friday is no different. The Demolition Men will be on hand delivering the house, hip-hop and club hits plus the Bay Area mix tape kings Impereal and Devro will be laying down the tracks. Look up the party name itself in the Urban Dictionary for dress code guidelines.
Fri. Sep. 22, 9pm
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco
SINGLE MAN JAM BAND:
Witty, irreverent and a born musical performer, Andrew Bird is a modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word. Classically trained on the violin, Bird now just adds it in as a sound weapon in his growing arsenal of instruments that include the guitar, the glockenspiel--yeah, the glockenspiel--his own voice and a sampler to immediately record the sounds an play them back for the audience while layering more sounds over the top. Seeing Bird live is reminiscent of those old Bugs Bunny cartoons where the wascally wabbit played the Seussian one man band instrument, but never quite got to the level of Andrew Bird and his six different rhymes for the word formaldehyde.
Fri. Sep. 22, 6pm
19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga
RISING OUT OF THE VALLEY:
San Jo gutter punks 5606 lead the hardcore assault at the Saratoga Community Center--one of the few remaining venues for all ages rock shows now that the unfortunate winds of nightclub change have claimed the Gaslighter. 5606 plays straight ahead pop-punk on the harder side and, even though, this trio is young their stage presence is fully developed as they drop punch you in the jaw lyrics over driving riffs. I Am Ghost, Undergone, Aquabox and Valux round out the bill.
Fri. Sep. 22, 9pm
Taste Ultra Lounge
87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose
Red Light District
PUT ON THE:
All right ya'll, it's once again time for the Red Light District party at Taste Ultra Lounge featuring the favorite DJ of the local scene Pat Allen along with the always, um, friendly Taste girls. The crew at Taste will also be rolling out drink specials courtesy of Bacardi with a special midnight liquor pour and coming in for an exclusive turn on the video remixer is DJ Roonie G. Hey, it's Friday, it's night; what else have you got to do?
Fri. Sep. 22, 9:30pm
750 Harrison St., San Francisco
Scooter & Lavelle
Masters of the four turntable sonic attack, DJs Scooter and Lavelle hit the Boss Nightclub tonight for a session of purely original house beats interlaced with scratches and loops that have made this dynamic duo the hot set for the dance floor crowds. Resident spinners at some of the biggest clubs, Lavelle throws down progressive house beats while Scooter mixes in scratches, loops and riffs to meld four different sounds into one danceable cut that never fails to get the clubbers moving.
Sat. Sep. 23, 9:30pm
1535 Commercial Way,
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. The Mermen play like they ride, if it's possible to shred a wave for over an hour, ripping out experimental surf-based sets more akin to the single-minded narrative concerts of Pink Floyd and The Who, but with the euphoria of the Nor-Cal surf culture.
Sat. Sep. 23, 7:30pm
399 S. First St., San Jose
Wally Schnalle Trio
MASTER OF THE KIT:
Venerable Bay Area drummer Wally Schnalle lays down some lightning fast licks with his slick stick work at the Agenda Lounge tonight. Schnalle, along with his trio of bop jazz fusionists, are a mainstay of jazz fests all over the West Coast and are always on point throwing down everything from straight ahead old-school jazz to experimental jazz fusion that always gets the crowds collective toes tapping. Agenda will throw in the Wally Schnalle Trio free with dinner.
Sat. Sep. 23, 9pm
251 Castro St., Mountain View
Flavor Fashion Show
ROCKER CHICK STRUT:
Presented by Bltchgear, the Flavor Fashion Show rolls into Mountain View's Buddha Lounge for an exclusive fashion show of the latest rawk girl attire. You'll have chicks rocking the "Wear Sin is In" subversive duds, bartenders pouring up some mind bending cocktails and DJs dropping beats, sounds like a great night to us in the otherwise sleepy corporate confines of MV. Plus Bltchgear is a steadfast Bay Area company, so get out and show some love.
Sat. Sep. 23, 9pm
31 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Indie Rock Showcase @ Johnny V's
RUNNING ON INDIE:
College indie rock station KSCU presents the indie rock showcase tonight at Johnny V's tonight featuring Oceans of Fire, Montana, Man Versus and See It on the BBC ripping out two-minute anthems in protest against the corporate monkeys. Pop in to one of the remaining bars downtown that hosts live music, have a beer and a shot, and help keep rock firmly placed in the spirit in which it was conceived.
Sun. Sep. 24, 9pm
Angel's Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
The spinning definition of West Coast house, Donald Glaude makes the short trip down the freeway from the SF Lovefest all-day DJ party to drop some beats on Downtown San Jose. And if you've never caught a set of his far reaching and vibrant signature style--jumping up on the decks, pumping up the crowd, scratching with his tongue--hit Angels because the best way to experience a one of a kind DJ isn't over your I-pod.
Mon. Sep. 25, 8:30pm
628 Divisadero St., San Francisco
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
SEX ON WHEELS:
Death rocker Rob Zombie gets most of the credit for mixing up strange tales of sex, gore, drugs, horror, necrophilia, murder and Satan with driving rock chords and industrial/ metal, but there was a little band from Chicagoland doing the same thing for just as long. Founding members Buzz McCoy and Groovie Mann originally had aspirations of directorial B-movie fame until they discovered that neither one of them had a cinematographic eye, so they instead turned the their potential, but swiftly aborted, drive-in double feature blockbuster, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, into the name of their fledgling band. TKK's stage shows can best be described as an electro-industrial laced, psycho-delic, cracked out homage to Russ Meyer, John Waters and Tobe Hooper full of sex, blazing rock over club beats and trash that you can really get your dance on to...with a heavy dose of mescaline. Who knows, you might find yourself a nice cemetery girl to chat up and it beats out those lame Gyro haunted houses.
Mon. Sep. 25, 7pm
1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
$25 adv./ $29 door
BACK TO THE SCENE:
One of the best selling rap groups of all time, known just as much for their fast-paced gangsta tinged stylings as for their harmonizing vocals, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony--after a tumultuous hiatus--are back aiming their quintet lyrical attack at anew gen of poseur MCs. After getting picked up by Swizz Beatz's Full Surface label, Bone Thugs are running the collaborative circuit, dropping dope rhymes and beats for Kanye West, Lil' Jon, Timbaland and Big Boi. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are taking on The Man again with Bone 4 Life, soliciting lyrics for new cuts from imprisoned member Flesh-N-Bone and enlisting miss whacked-out diva herself, Mariah Carey for some vocal work.
Thu. Sep. 28, 10pm
1015 Folsom, San Francisco
BETTER THAN THE GAME:
DJ Q-Bert can be held almost solely responsible for reintroducing and reestablishing the DJ as a major force in the rap game. Determined to take turntablism into the future, DJ Q-Bert, along with his group the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, concerned themselves with technique and musicianship. Q-Bert himself branched out on a mission to basically teach the world to scratch, crossing genres to preach the gospel of the turntable. DJ Q-Bert, legend of the scratch and master of the breakbeat, hits 1015 for a little science lesson.
--This week's newsletter by: RO, CT, MSG & DC
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