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Volume 1, Number 18 - September 6, 2006 - San Jose, CA

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White Album Ensemble
Fri.-Sat., Sep. 15-16, 7pm
Montogmery Theater
150 W. San carlos St., San Jose
408.277.5277
$25-$45
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White Album Ensemble

RUBBER SOULS: We suppose that parlaying your obsession into a viable occupation is the dream of every fan, well the White Album Ensemble has done just that taking their deep-rooted Beatlemania, nascent musical talent and love of splashy colored faux military uniforms to create one of the best Beatles cover bands ever. You usually see cover bands devoted solely to harder rocking outfits, but to see one covering the Beatles is probably your mom's dream come true. The group usually takes a pair of well known Beatle's albums and blends them together to form an eclectic concert that spans two wholly separate Beatle's styles and sounds. This show at the Montgomery is one of the first times the White Album Ensemble is appearing on a proper stage--with all the accoutrements--instead of an outdoor stage. Here's a big cheers to knowing that Yoko won't show up.

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Dick Dale
Wed. Sep. 6, 9pm
The Blank Club
44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose
408.292.5265
$20

Dick Dale

KING OF THE SURF GUITAR: Dick Dale single handedly created the surf music style and no matter who or what band came after or copied the style this guitar legend will always be the best. His breakneck pace of playing along with an unrivaled stage presence--even into his fifth decade of performing--has kept Dick Dale, not only at the top of his game, but the forbearer and front runner of guitar gods. If all you know about the undisputed King of the Surf Guitar and the often called father of heavy metal--his speed, style, licks and amp experiments were copied by everyone from Hendrix to Van Halen--is from Pulp Fiction and that Black Eyed Peas sample, cruise to The Blank for a session with a true living legend.

Breakfast Club
Wed. Sep. 6, 8pm
San Pedro Square
San Pedro & Santa Clara Sts., San Jose
408.995.5033
Free

The Breakfast Club @ Cinema San Pedro

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DETENTION: Probably the absolute best representation of teen life in the mid-eighties, The Breakfast Club closes out this year's Cinema San Pedro series. Sure writer and director John Hughes was a never-ending fountain of teen movies in the '80s, but none of them captured the life and times of high schoolers as perfectly as The Breakfast Club (Ferris Bueller's Day Off is still Hughes' best movie though). We know it's not Saturday morning but you can still hang in detention with the jock, the princess, the criminal, the geek and the basket case for the evening.

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Greg Kihn
Thu. Sep. 7, 5:30pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
San Carlos & Market Sts.,
San Jose
408.279.1775
Free

Greg Kihn @ Metro's Music in the Park

CITIZEN KIHN: Sure you can hear him on the radio every morning, but that's really just some amorphous voice coming over the airwaves easily disembodied from an actual person and Greg Kihn is more than just some on air personality. In the '70s, Kihn became a top selling Bay Area artist on legendary Beserkley records playing straight ahead rock 'n roll while other contemporaries where creating orchestral bloated prog rock. He scored a few hits in the '80s, most notably "Jeopardy"which gained him national notoriety and Greg Kihn kept right on recording becoming one of the most recognizable voices in the Bay Area rock scene. The Groove Kings open up and The Greg Kihn Band closes out yet another great year of free concerts in downtown San Jose.

Los Lobos
Thu. Sep. 7, 7:30pm
Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga
408.741.2822
$40-$47.50
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Los Lobos

MORE THAN LA BAMBA: Los Lobos is one of the most distinctive American rock bands around. Their unique blend of roots rock, rockabilly, country and blues mixed well with liberal amounts of traditional Spanish and Mexican music produces a gritty sound that pulls in the best from a cross section of genres redefined in Los Lobos' signature style. Formed in the early '70s while still in high school in East LA, Los Lobos amazing musicianship was readily apparent as they played free concerts in support of the Chicano movement. Even with their politically tinged inception, Los Lobos are more into rocking than beating you over the head with a particular agenda.

Lavay Smith
Thu. Sep. 7, 7pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
831.427.2227
$20-$23

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

JUMP, JIVE & WAIL: One of the best bands to come out of the retro-swing movement, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are the real deal. Experienced musicians that are truly schooled on the jump jazz and swing styles of the heyday, the Red Hot Skillet Lickers perfectly compliment the smooth and sultry vocal stylings of Lavay. A mainstay of jazz, blues and swing festivals the world over Lavay Smith and company can turn even the most stodgy stuffed shirt into a swinging hep cat with one lick.

Dew Action Sports
Thu.--ÍSun., Sep.7-10, 3pm
HP Pavilion
525 W. Santa Clara St.,
San Jose
408.287.6655
$40
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Dew Action Sports Tour

EXTREMELY EXTREME: Ah, the Dew Action Sports Tour, action sports heaven in our own backyard. The four-day trick fest hits the HP Pavilion starting on Thursday and runs through the weekend featuring skate vert and skate park, BMX vert, supercross and park, with two days of sick FMX action. It's gonna be four-days of death defying stunts, hot action, concerts and whatever else this herd of adrenaline junkies can get into. The skate vert and BMX park finals are on Sunday starting a few hours earlier at 11am and you can't miss the FMX final grudge match, gloves off, showdown between Nate Adams and Travis Pastrana on Saturday night. Scope the website for more details.

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Bubba Sparxxx
Fri. Sep. 8, 9pm
Angels Ultra Lounge
400 S. First St., San Jose
408.885.9588
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Bubba Sparxxx

COUNTRY BOY: On the surface, Bubba Sparxxx appears more like a backwater Waffle House line cook than a rising rap superstar, but looks can be deceiving and we know that when his hit single "Ugly" hit the MTV circuit many an OG street thug was taken aback. But, if the lyrical rhyming of a backwoods Georgia country boy is what gets the party bangin'; who's gonna complain? You can catch Sparxxx at the special launch of the Sultry party at Angels.

Dave Matthews Band
Fri.-Sat., Sep. 8-9, 7pm
Shoreline Amphitheater
1 Amphitheater Pkwy.,
Mountain View
408.998.TIXS
$39.50-$59.50
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Dave Matthews Band

SUPER JAM: Probably one of the few contemporary bands that can truly be placed squarely in the supergroup category, the Dave Matthews Band brings their modern day jam band action to the Shoreline. The band was everywhere in the mid-nineties and built up a following that rivaled the population of some small countries in both devotion and numbers. Heck, we don't even think you could get a date during the '90s if you didn't own a copy of Under the Table and Dreaming--which the band is so much more remembered for than being the lap dogs of the DC gang in their bootlegger crackdown before the days of Napster.

Megadeth
Fri. Sep. 8, 4pm
Oakland Arena
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
408.998.TIXS
$79 & up
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Megadeth

BUSINESS IS GOOD: Thrash metal icons, Megadeth headline the Gigantour which screams into the Oakland Arena in all its black metal glory Friday afternoon for a little whiskey and beer soaked anarchy laced noise assault. Megadeth has always played faster and louder than the rest--well except maybe for Slayer--and Dave Mustaine could single handedly beat all of Metallica in a thrash contest. The Gigantour (kind of a lame title for what's basically any thrash metal fan's dream come true, but, eh, what are ya gonna do?) also sees Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Over Kill and others hell bent on corrupting the youth.

The Roots
Fri. Sep. 8, 9pm
HP Pavilion
525 W. Santa Clara St.,
San Jose
408.998.TIXS
$15
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The Roots

TIME TO PLAY: The legendary Roots crew--who are so far above and beyond any hip-hop artist today and not only for their strict dedication to actually playing instruments and never sampling somebody else's work--headline the extreme sports Dew Action tour at the HP Pavilion. So, in between the high flying BMX and Motocross, as an after thought to the skate park, you can catch one of the most ground breaking hip-hop groups to ever record a beat performing songs off their latest album, Game Theory.

880 South
Fri. Sep. 8, 6pm
Smoke Tiki Lounge
152 Post St., San Jose
408.292.4266
Free

880 South

FUNK FIX: Smoke Tiki Lounge in Downtown San Jo has been giving you a sweet deal all summer long with their free concerts on the patio every Friday and for all you that thought summer ended when September hit and school was back on obviously don't adhere to the same island groove as the Smoke crew does. This Friday, for the magical price of free, catch ska-reggae-funksters 880 South keeping your summer dreams alive and kickin' it chill tropical style while the slingers at Smoke do their best to prepare your liver for the weekend.

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Tall Paul
Sat. Sep. 9, 8pm
Ruby Skye
420 Mason St., San Francisco
415.693.0777
$15
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Tall Paul

BEAT TRAVELER: The most popular DJ from the UK in the '90s, Tall Paul is responsible for the trendsetting shift in dance music from just plain old house to progressive house and trance in the late '90s opening up the doors for a legion of DJs. Tall Paul, along with other well-known bass heads Paul Oakenfold and Paul van Dyk, became globetrotting DJs playing sold out shows the world over for thousands of gyrating fans. And, even though the rave craze has somewhat died, the music lives on. The doors for Ruby Skye open at 8pm, but it's a pretty safe bet that Tall Paul probably won't hit the decks until the clock strikes the usual DJ hour of midnight.

AFI
Sat. Sep. 9, 7:30pm
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
747 Howard St., San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$25
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A.F.I.

SING THE SORROW: Hailing out of the badlands of Ukiah, emo-punkers A.F.I. tear up the Bill Graham Civic tonight as part of their ongoing tour for their latest, Decemberunderground. Oscillating between hardcore punk riffs and emo balladeering, A.F.I. probably has one of the most dedicated followings of any band riding the high crests of the sometimes lame emo wave as the modern incarnation of good ole' punk rock. But, unlike most others in the black nail polish, floppy haired, eye shadow dabbed set, A.F.I. can actually crank the amps and blow the roof of any joint. If ya can't hit The City tonight, Davey and the boys will be playing over the hill on Saturday at the Santa Cruz Civic.

Matisyahu
Sat. Sep. 9, 9:30pm
San Jose Civic Auditorium
135 W. San Carlos St.,
San Jose
408.998.TIXS
$39.50
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Matisyahu

OY TO THE WORLD: When Hasidic Jewish rap/ reggae artist Matisyahu broke onto the scene with 2004's Shake Off the Dust...Arise, many dismissed him as a novelty act ala Vanilla Ice. But, Matisyahu was--and is--for real, packing in fans, gaining critical acclaim and making a solid musical connection that screams a solid unity sentiment that it doesn't matter what culture you're from because good music is still good music. And heck, seeing a Chasid stage diving, sideburns flying behind him, yarmulke ablaze behind solid raps and dancehall reggae beats is totally worth the price of admission.

A Tribe Called Quest
Sat. Sep. 9, 8pm
Berkeley Community Theatre
1930 Alllston Way, Berkeley
408.998.TIXS
$30

A Tribe Called Quest

LYRICAL SCENARIO: Absolutely the most intelligent and artistic rap group of the '90s, A Tribe Called Quest kicked off the hip-hop alternative to the ego-driven, misogynistic gangsta rap that ruled the times infusing it more with jazz stylings and positive messages. A Tribe Called Quest, however, didn't just soften the rap sound, but confronted numerous black issues of the day with a deconstructionist attitude to how African-Americans portrayed themselves through the rap industry--their second album, The Low End Theory, is easily the best hip-hop album ever recorded. Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife decided to call it quits in the late '90s, but are, thankfully, hitting the studio again.

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Sublime Sundays
Sun. Sep. 10, Noon
Smoke Tiki Lounge
152 Post St., San Jose
408.292.4266
$5 before 3pm

Sublime Sundays

SUNDAY CHILL: Smoke Tiki Lounge is kicking in another Sunday day party for all you heads that just don't want the weekend to end. The first Sublime Sunday is going to run from noon till night featuring a host of slick turntable maestros including MJ Gamez, Ace Tatsu, Thomas Phan, Andrew MD, Rigo Acosta, Spindizzy and Spirit Fingers rocking the decks for some chill grooving on the Smoke patio.

Mae
Sun. Sep. 10, 8pm
The Fillmore
1805 Geary, San Francisco
408.998.TIXS
$17.50
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Mae

COAST TO COAST INDIE: Indie rockers in the emo vein hailing from Norfolk, VA, the quintet Mae (an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) has been tearing up the charts recently thanks to their 2006 road work on the Virgin College Mega Tour and heavy rotation on MTV (probably MTV2 considering that the original hasn't shown a video since the mid-'90s). Mae sits firmly in the ballad laced pop rock camp and we're certain that probably 90-percent of any sorority house party you hit this year will have their latest disc, The Everglow, blaring in the make-out room.

Mary J Blige
Sun. Sep. 10, 7:30pm
Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy.,
Mountain View
650.967.4040
$55.50-$89.50
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Mary J. Blige

SOUL IN THE STREETS: Fueled by a powerful combination of street wise rap and soulful modern R&B, Mary J. Blige took the music world by storm in her signature combat boots, ropey blond locks and throaty vocals. She may be a bit older and wiser, but the bad girl image still remains at Blige's core and shines through her emotive performances.

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NFL Logo
Mon. Sep. 11, 4pm
Mission Ale House
97 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
408.292.4058
No Cover

Monday Night Football @ Misssion Ale House

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL: Training camps have broke, pre-season is over, rookies have been cut and the rosters are complete--let the 2006 NFL season begin. We know that the season starts on Thursday, but Monday Night Football has been a tradition and national event for so long that the first MNF game of the year really cements the start of the season. However, the lackluster announcing team of Thiesmann, Tirico and the ever-annoying Tony Kornheiser calling the shots of the greatest franchise in TV sports history might make you pine for the days when Dennis Miller had a seat in the booth. Luckily the guys at Mission Ale House have been preparing for the new season as well, tapping kegs, finalizing the $1.95 menu and bringing in the Miller Lite girls to handle the secondary. This week a special doubleheader: Minnesota @ Washington (4pm) and San Diego @ Oakland (7:15pm).

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Pepper
Tue. Sep. 12, 7pm
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
831.423.1336
$16-$19
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Pepper

AND NO GRASS SKIRTS: Originally from Kona, Hawaii, but rocking the crowds with electric guitars instead on ukes, Pepper perfectly blends island rhythms with melodic alt-punk riffs to form a raw sound that rivals any other rock/ska/reggae outfit. The amped up trio's live shows rock and sometimes it's hard to understand how such a complex, highly danceable sound can come out of three guys who's first studio cut album was only released a scant six years ago. Just be careful not to spill your brew while you're on the floor--the security guys don't take kindly to it and usually aren't in island mode.

Van Morrison
Tue. Sep. 12, 7:30pm
Greek Theatre
UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley
408.998.TIXS
$45-$155
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Van Morrison

AMERICAN ROCK LEGEND: One of the most prolific singer/ songwriters in the storied history of rock and roll, Van Morrison brings his sometimes shouting, sometimes raspy, always poetic voice and blues man skills to the Greek Theatre tonight. Van's been doing this for over four decades and even though he's always bucked popular trends, which subsequently left him completely out of the general public's and music industry's eyes for years at a time, his loyal following of enraptured fans have never left Van's side. He's currently touring in support of his latest offering, Magic Time, Pay the Devil, a more country tinged album.

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Beach Club
Sat. Sept 16, Noon
Boomerang Bay at Great America
4701 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara
408.988.1776
$30
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Beach Club @ Boomerang Bay

SWIMSUIT SEASON SWAN SONG: This 21+ all day beach party at Boomerang Bay in the Great America theme park features multiple fully-stocked bars, VIP areas and acclaimed DJs including DJ AM, Morse Code, David Savior and others. This is probably the last beach party of the summer that was filled with them, so keep in swimsuit shape just a little while longer kids.

Crystal Method
Fri. Sep. 29, 9pm
Ruby Skye
420 Mason St., San Francisco
415.693.0777
$20

The Crystal Method

RAVERS RETURN: A force in the LA underground dance scene, The Crystal Method are still pumping out the rave inspired tracks that cemented the duo as America's answer to the Chemical Brothers. After the waning of the LA rave scene that was hampered by overbearing police pressure, completely out of style random violence and a price hike in MDMA, The Crystal Method did what any self-respecting techno, big beat, dance party directors would do--took the show on the road. Ruby Skye presents them in their natural habitat, a late-night, four-hour set.

--This week's newsletter by: RO & TI


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