Monday, July 28, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: The Siren Calls

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Mmmmmmmonday. It's not always a bad thing!

Tonight for example, the Siren's Song Tavern is the site once again of a fun, fun show, this time with Ruby Pins, all quiet vocals and louder sounds that wander the pop gamut, Silver Shadows, described as "Veruca Salt meets Lush," and our very own Monster Women. All ages and free at 8 p.m.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Remembering Tina, Festive Festivals, Burlesque, Dreamy Pop and Sludge

Posted By on Sat, Jul 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

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Tina Fraser
Photo by Bob Doran

On a serious note — although I sense the event will be as much celebration as memorial — a bunch of former/current denizens of the Humboldt County punk scene are hosting Tina Bina Boob Ops Wake, a gig/remembrance for Tina Fraser, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. Tina was the sister of Tyce Fraser, who sang in Eggly Bagelface and other bands in the '80s, and photographed and made flyers for several shows. In honor of her role in the music scene, the memorial begins with a flyer/art show at T's Café North (formerly Crosswinds) at 6 p.m. Then The Buffy Swayze and Guns & Barrels will play at Humboldt Brew from 8 to 10 p.m. The entire event is open to the public, no cover, but donations will be accepted to cover expenses. At press time, organizers were hoping to make it all ages.

Meanwhile, more summer festival fun continues out Lost Coast way with Roll on the Mattole, the annual Honeydew Volunteer Fire Co. fundraiser. This year's lineup features Absynth Quintet, Moonshine Mountain Band, Ishi Dube, DJ Marjo Lak, Asleep in a Creek, F-Holes on the Hill and Lost Coast Marimbas, plus the firefighter's challenge, an oyster bar, Rex Bohn auctioneer excitement and so much more. The event runs from noon 'til midnight. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 students and seniors, children under 12 free with adult.

Back in the northerly region of Humboldt, The Blue Lake Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. in Perigot Park with Woven Roots, Motherlode, Silver Hammer, Jimi Jeff and the Gypsy Band, Crossbones, Mojo Brown, Doug Fir and the 2x4s, The Movers and the Shakers and Abstract. Entry free is $10 "if you can afford it."

The Caravan of GLAM, Portland's queer cabaret troupe, brings a night full of debauchery, raffles and off-the-wall performances to the Jambalaya with DJs Pressure Anya providing the evening's soundtrack. The troupe consists of all genres of performers: drag, burlesque (male and female), S&M, acrobats, comedians, singers, gymnasts and sideshow performers. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m., tickets are $10 general and $20 VIP. Do I need to tell you it's 21-and-over?

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Over in E-town, you can sway and smile to the dreamy psych pop of Austin's Technicolor Hearts, above, at the Palm Lounge. Also performing, locals The Fairy Rings and a special solo performance by guitar slinger Erin Cearley. Free, 9 p.m., 21-and-over.

But wait, that's not all! See what I mean about this week? You'd think it was October. At the Alibi, Conneticut's Sea of Bones delivers heavy atmospheric sludge joined by trippy Golden Staters Mystics in Bali. Music starts around 11 p.m., cover's $5, 21-and-over.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Dig Deep, Dance Hard, Goth Out (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

When's the last time you went to the Digger? Exactly. What a perfect opportunity to head out to the Clam Beach Inn — with your designated driver, natch — and witness Humboldt skate rockers Imperial Destructo, the punk-blues (emphasis on punk) stylings of Nebraska's Saint Christopher and the dirty folk of Montana's Whiskey Hooves (see video above). I'm guessing the show's got a $3 cover and a 9 p.m.-ish start time, and am positive it's 21-and-over.

Maybe loud, dirty punk rock is not your thing. Maybe you'd like to shake your booty, which is just another way to stick it to the man, amirite? (For a long time, I thought the line was, "Free your mind and your ass will follow.") The Jambalaya hosts a free dance throwdown with Humboldt Roller Derby DJ King Maxwell and Soul Night vet Jay Morg emphasizing 1970s breakbeats, degenerate disco stunners and bass-heavy boogie tunes. You may start looking for some hot love around 9:30 p.m.

What if you want more temperate than revolutionary punk, but more somber than disco madness? The Alibi's offering the Shrouds & Shadows Tour 2014, a sweet lineup of post-punk cover bands. To wit: Dead Souls (a tribute to Joy Division), plus The Reptile House (a tribute to The Sisters of Mercy), plus Spellbound (a tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees). Cover is $7, music starts around 11 p.m., 21-and-over.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Old Friends, Young Voices

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Trinidadians, take note: The Westhaven Center for the Arts looks to be hopping this weekend.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the RLA Trio (Tim Randles, Mike LaBolle and Bobby Amirkhan) performs with guest singer Claire Bent , reputed to be "the finest young jazz singer in town." Cover is $5 to $10 sliding scale.

On Saturday night, former local boy Dave Fleschner and Alan Hager recreate the magic of last year's sold-out show with just a piano, guitar and oodles of talent. Reservations recommended. Tickets are $12 WCA members, $15 general.
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Another former-Humboldtian returns for an evening of song, story and collaboration.

Josephine Johnson joins Joanne Rand for an evening boasting not only lovely and earnest singer-songwriteriness, but fresh soup, bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea and "general conviviality."

Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 to $15 sliding scale. It's a house party — contact or call 499-8516 for more information.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: A-Town's Biggish Name Options

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Two fine Arcata shows await your attendance tonight. How're you feeling, Humboldt?

Christian Lee Hutson is one of a new generation of American singer-songwriters clearly drawn toward the traditional, but not hampered by tradition. His music has a certain elegance, more Bulleit than Jack, which likely accounts for the 24-year-old Huston's having already shared stages with Damien Jurado, Ralph Stanley and Father John Misty. All the aforementioned stages were likely bigger than the room at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co., where you can find Hutson at 10 p.m. The show is 21-and-over and free.

And Humboldt Brews offers a relatively big-name-in-bluegrass moment with the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters — the band's new album Let It Go spent four weeks on the Americana Radio Chart top 10. Tickets are $15, show starts at 8 p.m., Whiskey Shivers opens.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Labor of Love

Posted By on Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 7:16 AM

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Here are things Tacocat, Ponytime and Chastity Belt have in common:

  1. Seattle
  2. A certain danceability to their various forms of pop/punk/rock
  3. Members in the "supergroup" band Childbirth. 
Julia Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Bree McKenna (bass, vocals) and Stacy Peck (drums) are clearly having fun, but dead serious about kicking ass, lyrically and musically.

Favorite tracks include "Crossbitch" ("She'll fuck you in the eye with a needle"), "How Do Girls Even Do It?" (addictively riffy riff on how confusing lesbian sex is to the confused) and "I Only Fucked You as a Joke" (self-explanatory). The wonders of Childbirth happen at the Lil' Red, along with Colorado's Lisa Prank, who offers "makeout pop music influenced by heartbreak, stickers, psychedelic kittens, tarot cards, and dolphins leaping over rainbows!"

Rounding out the bill is Eureka's own The Lost Luvs. The show is only $4, 21-and-over and starts at 9 p.m.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Would You Like To Have Your Face Melted?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Fourth of July fireworks a distant memory? Do you need more explosions? No worries! A-town will literally (literally!) blow up when the experimental sludge ferocity of Tacoma's Lozen and punk-noise brilliance of Los Angeles' Qui (who boasted The Jesus Lizard's David Yow as a band mate for a time and still work with him when schedules permit, according to the band's Facebook page) land at the Jambalaya.

Joining these two duos, local sweetheart garage rockers, Clean Girl & The Dirty Dishes. Cover is $5, show is 21-and-over, doors open at 9 p.m., things ignite around 10 p.m. (Note: Last week's Setlist incorrectly listed this show as being at the Alibi — it's at the Jambalya. We regret the error.)

Up in Trinidad, L.A.'s bluesy rockers Hunter & The Dirty Jacks celebrate the Humboldt release of latest album Single Barrel with not one, but two nights at Cher-Ae Heights. The band's bio cites influences The Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes and a quick listen confirms both the underlying raunchy blues hooks and emphasis on rock 'n' roll. Free show, 21-and-over, 9 p.m.

Look into your live music future here.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: A splash of this, a dash of that

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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Let’s say you wanted to create a band perfectly suited to play at Humboldt Brews...

Its members would be from Colorado.
They’d inspire dancing.
They’d have instrumental chops that they’d use to showcase an understanding of folk music ranging from “gipsy” to “full-on mountain stomps.”
They’d probably be produced by Dan Rodriguez of Elephant Revival.
They would definitely have a clawhammer banjo.

What luck! A band fitting that exact description will appear in the pub’s excellent music room Tuesday night!

Gipsy Moon is the name and Appalachia-meets-New-Orleans is the game. Tickets are $10, show is 21-and-over, things start happening around 9 p.m.

Enjoy a "Gondola Session," below.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Rock at the 'bi

Posted By on Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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Oh, Nipplepotamus! Why would you play a show at the Alibi when I am out of town?

Fans of the band are already ramping up for the trio’s Alien Scene album release show. For those inexperienced with the band’s hypnotic twist on surfy-psychedelic-indie-rock — go get yourself some. (If Alien Scene were subject to old-school record promotion, the label on the cover would read “RIYL: BRMC.”)

I’m super bummed to miss this free, 21-and-over gig and would have happily stayed up late waiting for the music to start around 11 p.m. or so. Joining the Nips is Fort Dick, which features members of 33 1/3 and Indianola.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: In Which We Celebrate the Freedom to Describe Oneself

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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Siren’s Song boasts “exotic dancer in full effect” for the tavern’s July 4 party. What constitutes “full effect” remains to be seen, but hopefully the offering is more original than it sounds.

Speaking of sounds, those will be in attendance as well, specifically the “synthesized, rhythmic bass poetry” of Hypha, Wu Wei (a 21-year-old Los-Angeles-to-Humboldt-County transplant who “strives to combine the soul reaching sounds of ambient IDM together with the earthy bass of futuristic world hip-hop”) and audio/visual underground techno artist Wrye.

Freedom might not be free, but this celebration of the birth of our nation is. Starts at 9 p.m. Also, all ages.

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