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Bandgeek: Rascal Flatts, Man Man and D.R.I.

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It’s Greek Fest weekend. So you’ll be busy dancing and eating and yelling Opa! There are also dozens of live, musical performances happening at the city’s bars, clubs and theater if that’s more your speed. Here’s you weekly BANDGEEK! list.

TONIGHT

  • Ando Ehlers.
    Split 7 ” tour. SS Web and It’ll Grow Back. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Fashawn.
    The Ecology listening party. At Strummer’s. 8:30 p.m. This show is sold out. (Flier link)

  • Built to Spill.
    W/Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair. At Cellar Door, Visalia. 8 p.m. $20. (Flier link)

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    Bandgeek: Mr. Rude, Rudy Parris and Ballyhoo!

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    As you’re out and about this weekend, seeing one of the dozens of local, live music performances (presented here in our weekly BANDGEEK post), remember Fresno cabbies want your business (for their own, it seems). It’s nice to feel wanted, right?

    TONIGHT:

  • Campfire Cassettes.
    W/Todd N Todd, Bededonia and Santa Mira. At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $4. (Flier link)

  • Rudy Parris.
    At Old Town Saloon. 7:30 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • White Glove Service.
    W/Wordsauce. At Cellar Door Visalia. 9:30 p.m. $7. (Flier link)

  • Shockwave.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

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    BANDGEEK: Festivals (Rock for Autism, JugFest and Sun Kissed Summer)

    530141It’s a good weekend for free music festivals. Also: Any number of other live music performances, which we have laid out for you here in our weekly roundup. Here’s your BANDGEEEK!

    TONIGHT:

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    Win tickets to Super Water Sympathy

    superwatersympathy_pressshot1Super Water Sympathy‘s singer Ansley Hughes is totally approachable and super friendly. Nothing to get intimated by, which is awesome if you’re an outgoing fan and say, need a ride to the band’s show.

    Which actually happened to the Shreveport, La. five-piece recently. A guy connected with them on Facebook. He wanted to see them and he needed a ride, and they were like, “Well hell, you live 20 minutes away. We’ll be there,” Hughes says.

    Eventually, a band can’t maintain that sort of control over its career, she says. Like, once you’re touring on a bus (or on a plane) instead of a van and you don’t do the driving yourself. It’s one of the drawbacks to being, you know, super popular and famous. But right now, they are in control of everything they do. “I just want to be able to hold on to that for as long as I can,” Hughes says.

    In April, Super Water Sympathy released its sophomore album and is in the midst of a West Coast tour before heading East with the Vans Warped Tour this summer. The band is in Fresno Thursday night, playing at Audie’s Olympic Tavern. It’s one of the trio of shows I wrote about in today’s paper.

    We’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away. Just leave a comment below. Tell us the best experience you’ve had meeting a band. Contest closes Thursday at noon. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. No repeat entries, please.

    Either way, you should go stop by and say hello to the band. In the mean time, check out the video for the song “”Oh Oh!” after the jump. Also, the complete contest rules.

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    Folk yeah! It’s a good week for anti-folk punk-rock

    Here are a couple of good shows for those who like their folk music with some edge.

    Tonight at Audie’s Olympic check out experimental punk-collective Human Behavior. They are on tour from Arizona and will be playing with Dandelion Massacre (from Modesto) and locals Santa Mira. Show starts at 9 p.m. $5 gets you in.

    On Friday The Parmesans are in town from San Francisco, with L.A. band The Manx and local punkers It’ll Grow Back (they will be amped). Show starts at 9 p.m. At Tokyo Garden. $5.

    How was Rakim at Audie’s?

    I saw lots of buzz on Twitter and Facebook about last night’s Rakim show at Audie’s Olympic. How was it? As good as people are saying?

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    Tonight: Rakim at Audie’s Olympic

    Forgive me for the late notice, but this is outside my usual coverage area: There’s a big  show tonight in Fresno featuring rap star Rakim.

    Man-about-town Brodiemash writes why this is a big deal:

    Rakim is every rapper’s favorite rapper. I know that’s a phrase that gets overused but in this case, 99% of the time it’s the truth. Many of the world’s best lyricists look up to him as the best ever.

    Indeed, in In 2012, The Source ranked Rakim #1 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. The show is at 9 p.m. at Audie’s.

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    Podcast: Ozmosis #39

    I really liked this week’s mix of music on Ozmosis and I hope you will too. There’s brand new stuff from Local Natives, Toro Y Moi and The Black Keys with RZA.

    We’ve got a few coming-soon-t0-the-Valley bands in the mix: Lord Huron (12/8 at Visalia Fox, opening for Of Monsters & Men) and UME (Thursday at Audie’s Olympic) and I’m talking all about Thursday’s Ozmosis Happy Hour #2 at Swiggs (BE THERE!)

    As always, there’s some great music on the podcast that didn’t make the Sunday airing. Enjoy the podcast below and listen to new episodes of Ozmosis Sundays at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

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    Tonight: Fool’s Gold hits Audie’s

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    This is a bit of a coup for the Fresno music scene tonight: L.A. band Fool’s Gold makes a tour stop at Audie’s Olympic along with local band Sunburns, which is the current project of “Bad” Andy Bunnell, formerly of Pinkeye.

    Fool’s Gold plays a fusion of African rhythms with American pop — so there’s a nice breezy, catchy sound to what they do. But this ain’t just some ol’ weird hipster stuff. Fool’s Gold actually toured with Red Hot Chili Peppers last year.

    They’ve also gotten love from NPR and PItchfork, plus played dates recently with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. OK, so maybe all that is hipster stuff, but whatever. This should be a rad show.

    Get a taste of Fool’s Gold below and listen for them on the new Ozmosis podcast, which should be out soon.

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    The Week Ahead: Sublime, Scarface, Nortec Collective, St. Paddy’s Day and more

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    Plan your week right here. You’re welcome in advance.

    SUBLIME: Word is tonight’s show at Rainbow Ballroom is sold out. Too bad, if you were lagging. There’s also an afterparty at Fulton 55. I hear you can still get tickets for Wednesday’s show in Bako too.

    THE KNUX: A strong alternative tonight, especially if you’re a hip-hop fan, is The Knux show at Audie’s Olympic. It’s hip-hop with indie rock and electronica undertones. I dig, I dig.

    NORTEC COLLECTIVE: Keeping going a nice helping of mid-week shows is Wednesday’s gig with Nortec Collective at Fulton 55. It’s Latin techno-meets-Norteno. The hype is big on this one.

    SCARFACE: Scarface — the rap icon, not the movie character — is at Rome Nightclub on Thursday night. One of the most underrated rappers of all time? Definitely.

    WU-TANG TRIBUTES AIN’T NOTHING TO EFF WIT: The Soulflower Group has another of its tribute nights lined up. This one focusing on the Wu-Tang Clan. If you’re not clearing your Friday right now, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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    Win tickets to see Howlin’ Rain

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    SF psychedelic rockers Howlin’ Rain arrive in Fresno on Sunday with a bunch of momentum — the band just released its new album, “The Russian Wilds” on Valentine’s Day. It was produced by the uber-famous Rick Rubin.

    Sunday’s show is also cool because it includes local bands Strange Vine and Fay Wrays, plus it’s a good way to cap off the Tower District’s annual Mardi Gras parade.

    You can buy tickets at lovethecaptive.com — $8 in advance, or $10 at the door — or you can win a pair from your Beehive buds.

    Leave a comment below telling us your favorite artist Rick Rubin has worked with and you’re entered to win. Deadline is 2 p.m. Friday. We’ll draw a winner at random and notify them via e-mail — so please leave a valid e-mail address and please check it. Complete rules (and some Howlin’ Rain goodies) below.

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    To-Do Tonight: Fruit Bats or Jerad Finck

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    It’s one of those out-of-the-ordinary Monday nights where the live music scene is hopping. The choices for tonight: An indie rock vet or an up-and-coming pop/rock singer.

    FRUIT BATS: This Sub Pop Records group — fronted by Eric Johnson, formerly of The Shines — hits Audie’s Olympic with The Parson Red Heads. Doors at 8 p.m. Cover: $10. Worth a note: It’s a Love the Captive production, one of the first touring shows from LTC in a while. Head honcho Johnny Q was working at Fulton 55 for a while, but is now back on his own.

    JERAD FINCK: Speaking of Fulton 55: Pop/rock singer Jerad Finck makes a stop there tonight. He’s an on-the-rise guy whose music fits nicely on Y101 and on TV shows. But he’s also pretty committed to being an DIY musician. Check out his best-known song: “Runaway” for an example. Doors: 9 p.m. Cover: $8. Abigail Nolte opens.

    Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

    While you sharpen up your Tetris skills

    1. SEE A DEEP DARK ROBOT
    Lindy Perry — the former 4 Non Blondes singer and songwriter/producer whose credits include Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Grew Stefani and Alicia Keys — brings her new band Deep Dark Robot to Audie’s Olympic tonight. Read more in this interview with Perry from today’s Bee. [Info]

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    Fres-Know: Mo-Fo Party Band, meet the (German) mayor

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    FOREIGN AFFAIRS: John Clifton writes that Mo-Fo members met up with Beate Vilhjamsson, the Mayor of Munster, Germany, which is Fresno’s sister city, after performing at a city-sanctioned event. (Photo above).

    NEWS: Fresno’s gay-bar scene took a big hit over the weekend when The Den, a popular gathering place on Belmont, burned down. Owners don’t know if they plan to rebuild or relocate. [ABC30]

    LECTURE: Alex Espinosa, author and Fresno State writing professor, kicks off the Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association’s fall lecture series. [FresnoStateNews]

    WATCH THIS: Portland Band Week in Fresno continues tonight with Federale making an appearance at Audie’s Olympic. [The Fresnan]

    GORGEOUS: Photographer Jen Franklin takes a great shot of a Fresno office building. [Picture Fresno]

    Concert Watch: Brad Paisley, Cage the Elephant, Little Dragon, Flobots and more

    Lots of concert news and tidbits to share, so let’s not waste any time.

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    BRAD’S BACK
    Any Brad Paisley fans out there? A new list of tour dates released Wednesday by Paisley includes a Feb. 19 show at Save Mart Center.

    Openers for the tour are Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore. No details were announced about ticket prices or ticket sales. Expect more details soon.

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    To-Do Tonight: Decisions, Decisions

    A couple of good touring shows in the Tower tonight: Kenyan music meets Western rock via Extra Golden, which just finished up at Outside Lands and is at Audie’s.

    Meanwhile, Tumbledown, the rockabilly side project of MxPx frontman Mike Herrera, is at Starline. John Nolan, ex of Taking Back Sunday, is also on the bill.

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    To-Do Tonight: Catch Nico Vega’s buzz

    The place to be tonight if you’re looking for live music is Audie’s Olympic, which has a date with Nico Vega. The L.A. buzz band recently opened for Kiss at the Mid-State Fair and has also played with Gavin Rossdale and The Donnas.

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    If that’s not your thing, then consider Rhythm and Rhyme (9:30 p.m., $10), the bi-weekly music/poetry night at Aqua Shi, which returns with headlining poet Shihan. Here’s a taste:

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    Shows to look forward to this week

    It’s a busy week for music around these parts — no place is busier than Visalia, where promoter Aaron Gomes has once again showed us why he needs to be cloned and put to work in other cities. Starting with Fresno.

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    In addition to the Billy Corgan show on Wednesday, Gomes’ Sound-N-Vision Foundation also has dates lined up with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Tues.), Los Campesinos! (Wed.), Sleepy Sun (Thurs. at Cellar Door), Paz (Fri.) and Matt & Kim (Sat. at Howie & Son’s). Now here are some graphics on a few of those:

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    To-Do Tonight: Play ‘Six Degrees of Fresno Indie Rock’

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    Before Rademacher became the hipster heroes of Fresno, bands such as Pinkeye and Montecore were the ones heading bills at Tokyo Garden.

    It’ll be like a Fresno indie rock high school reunion tonight at Audie’s Olympic, as Greenladies headline. They’re a Portland-band that includes ex-Fresnans Mike Burnett and Scott Moore, both of whom played in Montecore.

    To make things even more six-degrees-of-Fresno-indie-rock-ish: Niilo Smeds (who is on the bill with his current project Wheels of Fortune) used to play in Pinkeye and Rademacher, as well as in The Batteries with Burnett.

    Further, I’m estimating that half the people at the show tonight probably played in Rademacher at some point.

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    To-Do Tonight: More than just indie night

    It’s a very busy Tuesday night for Fresno’s music scene. In addition to the usual dueling indie nights at Starline and Audie’s, there are a few other noteworthy attractions.

    We’ll start at Bliss, where Fresno native Marques Anthony is home to celebrate his birthday. Anthony is a back-up singer on Jamie Foxx’s current “Blame It” tour and he also makes his own music.

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    At Babylon, Brian “Head” Welch, the ex-Korn guitarist, is bring his new Godly ways to town for a rockin’ night.

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