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Donnas turn 21 with feisty new album

By Sarah Quelland

IMAGINE AN ALBUM that combines the perkiness of the Go-Gos, the ballsy attitude of Joan Jett and the trashy sleaze of the cock rockers of the mid- to late-'80s. Then add a pinch of Ramones-styled punk, and you'll have a feel for the Donnas' latest, The Donnas Turn 21. The new album is jam-packed with fun, feisty songs about making out, getting drunk, breaking hearts and living life on the road--and it's their best yet. The audacious Palo Alto four-piece doesn't pull any punches. From the opening track, "Are You Gonna Move It for Me?" ("You wanna meet me, but you wrote a bad review of our show/If you don't like us, what are you doing standing in the front row?"), these girls sound all grown up. They get catty on "Hot Pants" ("Well, you've got the moves, but your hair is so last year"); flirty on "Play My Game" ("I'll let you flip my flipper if you let me unzip your zipper"); and show a sense of humor on "40 Boys in 40 Nights" ("Makin' out all night in Hollywood, you know I'd do 'em all if I could"). The new album is girlish without being weak, and the sassy collective displays confidence and maturity.

Radio station WiLD 94.9 (KYLD) opened Club WiLD last Saturday (Feb. 3). The new 21+ hot spot is located at 175 N. San Pedro in San Jose. Call 408.298.9283, visit www.wild949.com or listen to the station for more info. ... A stylish new restaurant and nightclub owned by Agenda Lounge's Jacek Rosicki, the Icon Supperclub (located at 260 California Ave. in Palo Alto), will open next Thursday (Feb. 15). Invitations are available at the Icon or Agenda. ... Club Lido in downtown San Jose is kicking off a new music night this Tuesday (Feb. 13). Called I Need More, this Tuesday party is dedicated to '60s garage music, glitter punk and the decadent rock music of yesterday. The inaugural night features Bodies in the Basement and Neon Lobster. There's a $3 cover (free before 10pm), and the club is 21+.

Two South Bay bands are releasing new albums this Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Cactus Club. Outtaline unleashes its new six-song EP, conveniently titled EP, and the Timeouts release their new six-song EP, Over the Top. The Mr. T Experience and the Eyeliners also perform. The show is 16+.

Vamp Magazine and KMBY (FM-104.3) are holding a 12-week battle of the bands at the Aptos Club in Aptos with a grand-prize package worth almost $10,000. The club is 21+, and each show has a $6 cover. Upcoming bands competing include: In Like Sin, Adverse Side-FX and Sneaky Creekans (Feb. 10); Riff Raff, Deadweight and Wingnut (Feb. 17); Vincent's Ear, Loadstar and the Unknown (Feb. 24); Ribsey's Nickel, Lipstick and Chaos Lounge (Mar. 3); 3XR, Dilligaf and Leveler (Mar. 10); Herbert, Jet Lag and the End (Mar. 17); Wyrm, the Strange and the Expendables (Mar. 24); Dub Congress, the Choptops and Daisyhead (Mar. 31); Serrated, Soba and others (Apr. 7); and HBA and others (Apr. 14). The finals will be held April 20-21 at the Brookdale Lodge. Call 831.462.4083 for more info.

The lineup for the main stage at this year's Ozzfest has been confirmed. Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach, Slipknot, Disturbed and Linkin Park have signed on for the tour. Ozzy Osbourne has been working on material for his forthcoming album with guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Cantrell has taken a real interest in San Francisco rock band Swarm. It would be great to see the band on Ozzfest's second stage this year. ... Don't forget, tonight (Feb. 8), Metro presents the West Coast premiere of Cuban superstar Paulito FG y su Elite with Charanga Nueve supporting. The big show will be held at the Banker's Club in downtown San Jose.

PLAN AHEAD: A Perfect Circle and Snake River Conspiracy, Feb. 8 at the SJSU Event Center; L.A. Guns, Los Bastardos de Amor and Zero Hour, Feb. 8 at the Usual; Daisyhead, Feb. 8 at the Gaslighter Theatre in Campbell; Keeping Ellis, Luckie Strike and Fighting Jacks, Feb. 10 at the Fishbowl in Sunnyvale; M.I.R.V., Feb. 10 at Slim's in San Francisco; moe., Feb. 10 at the Warfield in San Francisco; the Orange Peels, Feb. 10 at Mod Lang in Berkeley; the Promise Ring, Time Spent Driving and Action Slacks, Feb. 10 at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz; Corrosion of Conformity and Clutch, Feb. 11 at the Cactus Club; Old 97's, Feb. 12 at Johnny Foley's; Mudvayne, Spineshank, Nonpoint and Unjust, Feb. 16 at the Pound; Dave Meniketti, Feb. 18 at the Backbeat; Willie Nelson and Jessica Kwalick, Feb. 21-22 at the Fillmore in San Francisco; NOFX, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz; Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Mar. 3 at the Warfield in San Francisco; Everclear and matchbox twenty, Mar. 31 at the San Jose Arena; Stitch, Breach, Luxt and Movement, Mar. 31 at the Cactus.

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From the February 8-14, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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