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BANDGEEK!: Chris Tomlin, Smash Mouth and Three Bad Jacks

While you are waiting for the buzz from seeing the new Star Wars trailer to wear off (Chewbacca hasn’t aged a bit), take in one of the dozens of concerts happening this week. I have them collected here in your weekly BANDGEEEEEEK roundup.


Bandgeek!: Strange Vine, Mushroomhead and Led Zepagain

While some of you will no doubt be travelling to Coachella to be hot and in the desert (and surrounded by dozens of great bands no doubt) The Valley has some great concert picks this week, too. I’ve compiled them here in your weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.


  • H Street Festival.
    W/Strange Vine. At Chukchansi Park in advance of Fresno Grizzlies opening night. 4 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Andrew Jackson Jihad.
    W/The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock and Chumped. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. (Flier link)

  • The Lower 48.
    W/Hor Prowl. At Peeves’ Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Ozmosis Happy Hour.
    W/Amoret. At Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden. 5 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK!: Omar Nare, La Barranca and Yonatan Gat

    In the midst of proving just how much of a “Sharknado” fan you are, be sure to spend some time at one of this week’s concert options. I’ve collected them here in another BANDGEEEEK! roundup.


  • Sweet Bump It.
    W/Amoret (acoustic set). At Peeve’s Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • KC & The Sunshine Band.
    At Tachi Palace. 6 p.m. $35-$75. (Flier link)

  • Giddens/Dana/Hamada.
    At the Landmark. 8 p.m. Free.

  • Vice.
    W/Swamps, No Authority, Make Way and Step-4-Change. At CYC. 7 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Iwanaga.
    W/T&A. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

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

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    BANDGEEK!: Tommy Castro, Sahab and Iration

    Maybe you’re thinking of making a trip to Los Angeles to score the kind of Girl Scout cookies they get down there.

    That’s not your plan? Well, there is plenty happening close to home this week, especially if you are into live music. You’re choices are collected here in my weekly BANDGEEEEK! roundup.


  • Sahab.
    W/Mike G and Left Brain of Odd Future. At Audie’s Olympic Tavern. 8 p.m. $12-$15. (Flier link)

  • Disco Night.
    W/DJ Mr. Leonard and Connor Miles. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)< ?blockquote>

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

  • Low Leaf.
    W/Jacque Babb and Emery Payne. At Liquid Fetish. 8 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • The Return of Frank’s Place.
    W/House DJ Green, Bitter Buffalo, Sharks of Dance, Hell08′s, Meet Me in Montauk, St. X and Satellite Era. At Frank’s Place. 6 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK!: Light Thieves, Ledisi and Robert DeLong

    It’s the start of a weird two weeks here in Fresno. I mean that in the best possible way.

    If you’re into the Rogue Festival, I mean really into doing it right, you won’t have time for much else.

    I’ve gone ahead and collected the week’s concerts and musical happening anyway. Here they are in another BANDGEEEEK roundup.


  • Light Thieves.
    W/Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries, DJ Aesop and Midwest Moms. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $8-$12. (Flier link)

  • The Notones.
    Residency at the Oly. W/Butler Park. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK!: Pinback, Wailin’ Jennys and a ’90s slaughter

    You may want to travel some this weekend, while the gas is still cheap. Or, you can just take your car to one (or more) of the awesome concerts happening through the week. Here’s a handy-dandy compiled list for you. Here’s your BANDGEEEEEK!


  • Feed Our Future Benefit.
    W/ Barry McGuire, Terry Talbot, Steph Stoltenberg, Eva Scow, Ray Haney, Carl Deese, Jimmy McCartey, Roger Perry and the Terry Talbot Student Band. At Tower Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $18.50-$53.50. (Flier link)

  • Fresno’s Disco Night.
    W/DJ Mr. Leonard and Conor Miles. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Trails and Ways.
    W/Conversation. At Peeve’s Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Conversation.
    Tower District Records in-store performance. 6 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Healers.
    W/Midwest Moms, Acrylics and Aubrey. At Studio Itz. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Sahab.
    W/Zee Will and Eddie G. At Liquid Fetish. 8 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Ape Machine, the Purple Ones and Pierce The Veil


    Well, the series is done. So, that leaves Halloween.

    If you are not in for all costume-party bobbing-for-apples stuff, there are plenty of live music options to get you through the weekend (and into November).

    We present them to you here (in list form) in another installment of our BANDGEEEK roundup.


  • HR7.
    W/Iwanaga. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • The Adicts.
    Dantes Boneyard. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $22. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Immigrant Union.
    W/Dirty Limbs and Ted the Block. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Ron Thompson.
    The Central Valley Blues Society’s weekly dance party. At Pino Wine Bar. 6 p.m. Free.

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    Bandgeek!: The Eagles, The Experience and Tony Bennett

    While you are locked in your house worrying about whether it’s ebola or tuberculosis that will kill you first, the rest of us will be enjoying some live music. If you care to join, here is a list of happenings through next week. We call it BANDGEEEK!


  • The Eagles.
    At the Save Mart Center. 8 p.m. $49.50-$149.50.

  • Katchafire.
    W/White Glove Service and Jordan T. At Strummer’s. 7 p.m. $18. All ages. (Flier link)

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

  • The Body.
    W/Sandworm, Inside the Sun and Keeper. At Audie’s Olympic. 8:30 p.m. $8. (Flier link)

  • Justin Moore.
    At the Big Fresno Fair. $21-$26.

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    BANDGEEK!: Guttermouth, Growlers and Let’s Go Bowling


    No doubt you’ll spend at least part of the weekend wondering how the heck it can be close to 100 degrees in October.

    There will still be plenty of time to catch one of the many live music performances happening through next week. We have once again listed them here in our weekly BANDGEEEK! roundup.


  • J Dubb.
    W/Tone + 1AD7. Remedy, Arcane 9, Chuck Sin, Urbane and J:Pre$ko. At Strummer’s. 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. (Flier link)

  • Waterbox Inc.
    W/Philophobia. At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Bryan Vickers Band.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

  • Dierks Bentley.
    At the Big Fresno Fair. 7 p.m. $43-$48.

  • Style Like Revelators.
    W/Banshee Bones and Beastmaker. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Days Under Authority.
    Saving Temperance, Rise the Ruler and Tomi Jean. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages. (Flier link)

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    Bandgeek: Blake, The Beetles and Blockhead


    Instead of sitting at home wondering whether it’s OK to continue watching football (American, that is), head out on the town and catch one of the dozens of live concerts happening in the next week. We’ve listed them here in our weekly BANDGEEK roundup.


  • Zeahorse. W/Midwest Moms and Space Apes.
    At Peeve’s Public House. 10 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • BJ Sings.
    At Full Circle Brewing. 8 p.m. Flat rate (whatever that means).

  • Blake Shelton.
    Ten Times Crazier Tour. W/The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. At the Save Mart Center. 7 p.m. $29.75 and $54.75. (Flier link)

  • Morris Day and the Time.
    At the Tulare Country Fair. 8 p.m. Free with fair admission.

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    BANDGEEK: Light Rain, Light Thieves and a September to Dismember


    For those looking to get all cultural, there’s “Seattle to Fresno — the Best of West Coast Fringe.” Also: Mike Tyson’s one-man show. For those looking to spend a couple of hours at a bar, club or theater listening to live music there is … all of this … Here’s your weekly BANDGEEK roundup.


  • TeeFLii.
    W/Ray Yung Omar Aura, B Dot and Eldra Jermaine. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $20-$50.

  • White Glove Service.
    W/Comacova, Louder Than Waves. At Strummer’s. 9 p.m. $5.

  • The Jules Winnfield.
    At Peeve’s Public House. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Endeavor.
    W/Until We Are Ghosts and Dependence. At Kuppajoe. 7:30 p.m. $6-$8. All ages.

  • Light Rain.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $15.

  • Lit Up.
    At ApCal. 7 p.m. Free.

  • R.W. Hampton.
    At Maverick’s Coffee House. 7 p.m. $30.

  • Whisky Row.
    W/JJ Brown. At Engelmann Cellars. 7 p.m. Free.

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


    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.


  • 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!


    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?


  • 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!


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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?



    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.



    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


    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


    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 — $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


    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.