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Beat Street
By Todd S. Inoue

Club Stalker:
A clip and save guide to SoFA Festival club happenings

YOU CAN'T see the harder-edged groups on the streets of SoFA Festival anymore, but you can see them in the clubs. You can see them, plus a ton of other genres from indie pop to blues, by patronizing the following clubs. Bands begin playing around 12:30pm.

Agenda Restaurant and Lounge: Black Market Blues, New Idol Sun, Horchata, aka DIG, Wally Schnalle, Root Awakenings.

The B-Hive Cafe (the former Ajax space): Dreamstation, Model 1000, Miss Kristin, Retromotive, Korea Girl, Barbara Manning and the Recruits.

The Cactus Club: God Dog, Spitkiss, Bigass, H.B.A., SLA, Jalopy Taco Stand, Sloe, Crack, the Blanks, Slip, Soda, Willies Conception and Salmon. The Harmonica Masterclass Workshop follows at 6pm.

The Phoenix: 4-Banger, Bliss of 666, Blue-Eyed Devil, Orixa, Sick Addiction, the Bridge and Twang Bang Deluxe.

The Usual: Calm, Them, Stimulus, Slag, Plum Loco, Cookie, Vim, Iguana Jive, Lo-Phat, Jalopy Taco Stand, Smashmouth, Monkey, Neosoreskin, Crack, Salmon and Willies Conception.

Cracked Rear View

If you plan your SoFA Festival day right, you can see the Best Live Act in San Jose, Crack, twice, once at Cactus, once at the Usual. The Cactus show will be all cover songs, while the Usual show will feature originals. The Cactus set is a must see; along with "Mexican Radio," "Centerfold" and "Next to You," Crack will break out the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" and Blondie's "Dreaming." The boys in Crack spent the week locked up in Santa Barbara recording a long-awaited 20-song CD, so expect miracles this Sunday.

Food Kings

Join Tabin, Ringwurm, Interstate 420, the Kindred, Betty's Love Child, the Curbs, Your Mother and the Muckrakers to benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank. The show takes place at 5pm at San Jose's Santa Teresa High School on Friday (Sept. 20). Bring some nonperishable food and get in for a discount. The show is all ages. ... Diamante Negro is looking for local bands to add to its Funhouse 3 compilation. Material can be sent to P.O. Box 641312, San Jose 95164; call 408/494-1356 for more information. ... Finally, go see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Cactus on Tuesday (Sept. 23). They put on one of the most energetic live shows around. ... On the rumor front, Pearl Jam is said to be set to play the upcoming Bridge School Benefit.

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From the September 19-25, 1996 issue of Metro

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