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BANDGEEK!: Napalm Death, Fauxgazi and Kuppajoe’s farwell show

OK, so the Oscars are on TV. That’s Sunday night. That leaves the rest of the week for one of these awesome live shows, which I’ve collected in you weekly BANDGEEEK roundup.


  • Put Your Heart Into It.
    Benefit fundraiser, featuring Journey Revisited. At Fulton 55. $15-$25. (Flier link)

  • Tim Burton Tribute Art Show.
    Werebear and Spaklejet. At Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden. 5 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Kuppajoe Final Show.
    W/Lakes (San Luis Obispo, Ca), The Soma Holidays (reunion set), Sleepover Disaster and Brother Luke and the Comrades and Swimming In Paint. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages. (Flier link)

  • The Suppressors.
    W/The Easy In. At Peeve’s Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Stay Wild.
    W/Common War, Sleeve, Chokeslam at Make Way. At C.A.F.E. Infoshop. 8 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Acrylics.
    Matinee show at Tower District Records. 2 p.m. Free.

  • Leaving Austin.
    W/The Crossing. At Audies’ Olympic. 9 p.m. $7. (Flier link)

  • Kings of Blackstone.
    Music at Gazebo Gardens. 6 p.m. Free.

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    BANDGEEK!: Patrick (Contreras), (Tijuana) Panthers and the Parlor Mob

    From the sound of things, a lot of you are planning on watching “Fifty Shades of Grey.” That’s cool. When you’re done, there is plenty of music to be had. We’ve collected this week’s concerts in another installment of BANDGEEEEEK!


  • Tijuana Panthers.
    W/Massenger, Dirty Limbs. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Tecumseh Release Party.
    W/DJ AESOP, Bitter Buffalo and Sleeve. At Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden. 5 p.m. Free.

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    Sing and play. At Full Circle Brewing Co. 5:30 p.m. Free.

  • Tyler Edwards.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. Price TBD.

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    BANDGEEK!: Prince, Presley and Roy Orbison

    While I am trying figure out whether to care about this whole deflate-gate thing (I also heard it referred to as the much funnier ball-gate), you’ll all be checking out one of the awesome concerts happening in town this week. Right? We’ve collated them again in out weekly BANDGEEEEEEK! roundup.


  • Fulton 55 4th Anniv. Party.
    W/The Purple Ones. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $13-$16. (Flier link)

  • Agent Orange.
    W/The Infirmities and Plot. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Jordon Page.
    At Peeve’s. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Tumbao.
    W/Menneo, Erika Nicole and Torres Castro. At Cellar Door Visalia. 9 p.m. $10. (Flier link)

  • Gristle.
    W/Wally Don’t Bite, Descend Factor and The Tripatronix. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $6.

  • Slow Season.
    W/Bitter Buffalo and Werebear. At Kelly’s Beach, Reedley. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Smoked Fish.
    Music at Gazebo Garden. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.

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    Bandgeek: Queen Nation, motown and John McCutcheon

    You may want to spend the weekend getting caught up on the Oscar-nominated films showing. Be sure to set aside some time for music. Here’s a list of this week’s local concerts, collated in our BANDGEEEEK! roundup.


  • Skunkdub.
    W/ONE oz and MKC. At Fulton 55. 8 p.m. $5-$8.

  • American Guitar Masters.
    A touring concert series w/Peter Janson and Steve Davison. At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $21.

  • Fresno’s Monthly Motown Night.
    W/The Experience. Plus DJ Mr. Leonard, Conor Miles and Josh Barrera. At Audie’s Olympic Tavern. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • VVomen.
    Brave Season, Midwest Moms, Effort/Recover and Sleeve. At The Escape from Milf Mountain. 8 p.m. $2. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Feliz Skavidad, Fashawn and From Indian Lakes


    Since you won’t be seeing “The Interview,” you’ll have plenty of time to catch a live music show. We’ve collected a full list of what’s around town this week on another BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.


  • StradivariKingOfStrings.
    W/Halo The Human. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Lisa’s Big Night Out.
    At the Patio Cafe. 6 p.m. Free.

  • Ugly Lovers.
    W/Double Jinx and Olive Avenue. At C.A.F.E. Infoshop. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Tribal Seeds, Riders in the Sky and the Fresno Holiday Jam

    Lest you think a little storm should keep you trapped indoors, we have once again collection a week’s worth of musical happenings and present it here as your BANDGEEEEK round up.


  • Shannon Ashley.
    W/Lou Umbra and The Tough Love. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Tribal Seeds.
    W/Hirie and Wheeland Brothers. At Strummer’s. 7 p.m. Online tickets SOLD OUT.

  • Ultrasonic: A Book Launch.
    W/music from Iwanaga and Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries. At Peeve’s Public House. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Paradox.
    W/Mutant Itch, Choas Tribe, Fiend, Inhuman and Battleshok. At CYC. 6 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Chris Play Guitar.
    Reunion show. W/Constellation Prize. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Lee Greenwood.
    W/Crystal Gayle. At Tachi Palace. 6 p.m. Tickets off sale. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK!: Like a Villain, Light Thieves and Mariachi El Bronx


    Take a couple minutes to vote in The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice Awards. Then. Check out one of these live music shows happening through next week. They are compiled again in The Beehive’s BANDGEEEK! roundup.


  • The Oh Hellos.
    W/The Collection and The Gospel Whiskey Runners. At Radiant Church Visalia. 5 p.m. $12.50.

  • The Fast Money Tour 3.
    W/Turf Talk. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $10-$15. (Flier link)

  • Like A Villain.
    W/Dovves. At Peeve’s Public House. 9:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Goodtime Boys.
    W/Lost Tribe, Vain and Valor, One Last Caress and Dependence. At CYC. 7 p.m. $6. All ages. (Flier link)

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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    BANDGEEK!: Winter Jam, The Kin and “Kittysiclosis”

    The election is over (sort of). Feel free to go back to not caring about politics for another two years. That’ll leave you plenty of time to enjoy any of the live music happenings this week.

    Here they are, compiled in our weekly BANDGEEEK roundup. Enjoy!


  • Sahab.
    “Kittysiclosis,” release show. W/Zee Will. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Soft-Spoken.
    W/WaterBox Inc. and The Morning Drive. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Fortunate Youth.
    W/The Expanders, Thrive and One Oz. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.

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    BANDGEEK!: Dustbowl Revival, Dead or Alive and Twista


    For many, the big decision this weekend will be between baseball and figuring out what’s up with Renée Zellweger’s face (hint, it’s nothing). Of course, there are dozen of musical happenings through next week, if you’d rather. I’ve collected them here in another weekly BANDEGEEEEK! roundup.


  • Dustbowl Revival.
    W/Doc’s Holiday. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $8-$10. (Flier link)

  • Bear Hands.
    W/Fences. At Strummer’s 7:30 p.m. $12. All ages.


  • Introvoys.
    W/Vicki HL, Tata and Paul and Butch from South Border. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $25-$30.

  • Twista.
    W/Gillie Da Kid and Halo the Human. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $22. 18 + (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Possessed Tranquility, Rosie Flores and Rexx


    The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer was released this morning. So other than that quick 2 1/2 minutes, you’ll be free to enjoy the dozens of live music events through next week. I give them to you here in list form as a weekly roundup known as BANDGEEEEK!


  • Dorotheo.
    W/Francisco Y Madero and Aire Espacial. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $5-$8. (Flier link)

  • Brian Kenney Fresno.
    Birthday Defense tour. W/Jules Winnfield and Style Like Revelators. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Apparitions.
    W/Make Way and Nothing Sacred. At CYC. 7 p.m. $3 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK!: Backstabbers, Black Star Riders and Asleep at the Wheel

    5-9-14In light of the dozens of original live performances happening through next week, I should probably reconsider what I said about Fresno being a cover-band town. Here’s your weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.


    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While starting down the “20 ways to be a better Fresnan” checklist.

    Laid-back reggae/rockers The Expendables are playing what’s probably the biggest gig of the weekend, tonight at Fulton 55. If you like Slightly Stoopid, you’ll like them. We hear it’s closed to selling out. So don’t slack. [More]

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    Podcast: Ozmosis #51

    Santigold, Ra Ra Riot, Atoms for Peace and Parquet Courts are among the artists you’ll hear on this week’s Ozmosis podcast. On the local level: We’ve got Ted Nunes/Richfield as the Tioga-Sequoia local artist of the week (catch ‘em Friday night in Visalia), and we’ve giving you a taste of Ash Reiter, who is at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday night. All that and more cool new music you don’t hear on the radio all the time. Listen to the podcast below and catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

    Ozmosis #52 (01.13.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While pondering a downtown public market.

    NYC hip-hop duo Camp Lo — famous for their stellar 1997 album, “Uptown Saturday Night” — are at Fulton 55 on Saturday as part of the anniversary tour for the album. It’s a cool gig, particularly if you’ve never seen “Luchini” pour from the sky. [More]

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While hoping no other local businesses close.

    With news earlier this week that long-time LGBT nightclub The Express is closing, you can expect big crowds for its final three days tonight, Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, the popular Xotica drag show — usually on Thursdays — will be capping the final night of the club. [More]

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    If you’re lucky enough to have sold-out Of Monsters and Men concert tickets, add that.

    Since the Fresno Handmade Bazaar was such a success earlier this year, organizers The Soulflower Group have crafted a seasonal sequel — Saturday’s Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar. You can buy gifts — for you or your fam — handmade by Fresno’s indie artisans. This ain’t your grandma’s craft fair, though. It’s in a club with a DJ and drinks. Keep in mind that it’s only open to the 21+. [More]

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    Other than taking the new downtown ice rink for a spin or watching the Veterans Day parade.

    1. SWEDE IT UP
    Swede Fest is bigger and better, back for its 10th installment Sunday. It’s happening at Tower Theatre, a dream realized for organizers of this quirky film festival.  It showcases low-budget parodies made by everyone from average joes to seasoned pros. Creativity, ingenuity and a sense of humor are king at Swede Fest, so you never know what you’re going to see. It’s free and open to movie lovers of all ages. For more on Swede Fest’s growth and rise to popularity, read this Q & A with the organizers. [More]

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    Tonight: Art, jazz, hangovers, mustaches and Amy Winehouse

    Today is ArtHop, Jazz Hop, the first day of November, the day after Halloween and Thursday — all of which give the people of the Valley a reason to throw a party.

    Among the things on the docket tonight: the debut of our local Amy Winehouse tribute band at Audie’s, the return of EDM party Unity, a Movember kick-off party in Visalia and a Halloween Hangover party at Roe. See the fliers below for those and more.

    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    Other than seeing our local “Voice” contestant Rudy Parris in Visalia or ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at the Tower Theatre.

    With that unfortunate Halloween-falling-on-a-Wednesday thing, this weekend promises to be full of slutty nurses roaming your neighborhood bar. We’ll be back with a full rundown of Halloween happenings, but here are a few top options. The party at The Standard is pretty big each year. King Sugar‘s Eureka Burger show makes the list off the flier alone — but they’ve got cool ska flavors too. And who doesn’t want to parade their dog around the Tower District?

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    Tonight: Ume, Ozmosis Happy Hour and more

    If you’re looking for cool live music tonight, the place to be is Audie’s Olympic in the Tower, which hosts Austin rock band Ume, whom I’ve heard a lot of good things about. Two strong local bands back them up — Light Thieves, the new cool-indie-rockers-of-the-moment in Fresno and Style Like Revelators, a quality bluesy-rock band.


    Hella shameless self promo here, but my Ozmosis Happy Hour #2 is tonight at Swiggs. There’s sports on the TVs, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co’s “Steal the Shirt” night and lots of giveaways — including tickets for this weekend’s NOtown Roller Derby bout and Sergio Romo bobbleheads courtesy of the Fresno Grizzlies.

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    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    Saturday is Fresno’s (now) annual Zombie Pub Crawl in the Tower District. You can get dressed up, hang out with a bunch of zombies and crawl from one Tower bar to the next in search of braiiiiiiiins booze. Some places, such as Babylon as you’ll see below, have their own complementing zombie events. Read more about the zombie craze here.

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    Copper & Glass: Your new favorite local band?

    Gotta admit, I’m quite smitten with local band Copper & Glass at the moment. These five dudes have a great sound that doesn’t scream “local band.” In fact, last week I had some of their songs on an iTunes playlist with a bunch of national bands, and as I listened I couldn’t distinguish which was the new local group and which were the veteran national acts.

    It probably helps that two of Copper & Glass’ members were part of Atari Champ, a celebrated indie rock band from a decade ago. Below is “Clear Black Skies,” a more alt-country-sounding song of theirs. Head to their ReverbNation page to check out my favorite song of theirs, “All My Life,” which has more of a folksy/indie rock vibe. Says singer Jc Babb: “We’ve been compared to everyone from Marshall Tucker Band to Ryan Adams to Ray LaMontagne — a little bit country, a little bit soul and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.”

    The band — Babb (vocals/guitars), Mike Morris (pedal steel guitar/keys), Taylor Hollman (lead guitar/mandolin), Erik Escovedo (bass) and Corey Dobbins (drums) — is having its album release concert Saturday night at Audie’s Olympic. Details are below. I’ll have an interview with the band in Friday’s Fresno Bee, so watch out for that.

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    R.I.P. David Lane, longtime local musician

    Veteran local musician David Lane — a regular at Club Fred/Audie’s Olympic — died last week after a battle with lung cancer.

    Today, the folk singer be remembered by his peers and friends from the local music scene, at 4 p.m. at Full Circle Brewing Co., 620 F St. The memorial includes a pot luck and music. More details here.

    The Fresno Folklore Society has put together a great online remembrance for Lane, which you can read right here. Here’s part of it:

    David began playing songs from the 1920s on the ukulele at his mother’s tea parties. The performance bug bit him hard. As a teenager, he played with the band, Dave the Wave and Undertows, before embarking on a lifelong career as a folk singer …

    [I]n 1980, David continued, playing bass with Joe Holley (the left-handed fiddler for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys) and frequently performing with Fresno folk music royalty such as Jon Adams and Kenny Hall and his sister Kathleen.

    According to his friends, Lane battled cancer with no insurance, so money is being raised for his family. Anybody wanting to help can donate at any Wells Fargo branch. There’s an account in Lane’s name, numbered 1204211054.

    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While you play with your shiny new iPhone 5

    If you ask me, the coolest show in Fresno this week stars Canadian band Royal Canoe, who is at Fulton 55 tonight and whose sound I really dig. They lead a plump lineup that also includes local indie rock faves Fierce Creatures and been-here-a-few-times-and-knocked-em-dead soul artist Ssssnake. [More]


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    Podcast: Ozmosis #34

    On this week’s episode of Ozmosis: Pinback, Animal Collective, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and many more great artists. Strange Vine is the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week and two acts you’ll see in Fresno later this week — Royal Canoe and David Dondero are also featured.

    If you dig Ozmosis or just wanna hang with me and drink beer, then know that the first Ozmosis Happy Hour is going down Thursday at Audie’s Olympic. More info here. Enjoy the podcast and tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday for a new episode of Ozmosis on New Rock 104.1.

    If the above player gives you any grief, you can listen directly on Mixcloud.

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