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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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

1. MAKE YOURSELF EXPENDABLE
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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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

In addition to the concerts I already recommended.

1. FILL YOUR EARS WITH LOCAL MUSIC
Tonight is the kick off of an interesting campaign by the folks behind Fuse Fest. They’re starting a Fresno Covers Fresno compilation. In short, as the name suggests, it’ll be Fresno musicians covering the music of other Fresno musicians. Hope is for the comp to be done at this time next year. This Tokyo Garden show is the start of fund-raising efforts for Fresno Covers Fresno. [More]

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Lots to do this weekend. It’s hard to pick just five. A shout out is also due to local bands Poor Man’s Poison and Motel Drive for becoming the first local bands to sell out Hanford Fox Theatre for their Saturday night show.

1. LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER
It’s Mardi Gras time! Sunday is the Tower District is Fresno’s annual parade. The rest of the afternoon should be filled with happenings in Fresno’s most happenin’ part of town. You can catch tunes at Audie’s Olympic (Dusty Buns will be out there too!) or party it up at Starline later in the night.

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To-Do Tonight: Strange Vine and an ArtHoppin’ Thursday

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The boys of Strange Vine — one of my favorite local bands, for sure — are headlining Fulton 55 tonight for some post-ArtHop tunes. Adding to the cool factor, as if Strange Vine wasn’t enough, is Long Beach band The Fling, which is another on-the-rise band that Strange Vine has buddied up with and brought to town.

Tonight is the second date of a West Coast tour that Strange Vine is pretty excited about (they played with The Fling in Santa Cruz last night as well). They’re playing this weekend at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco with Dredg, and have dates after that scheduled in Seattle, Portland, etc.

If you’re unfamiliar with Strange Vine, I’ll just boil it down to this: If you like bands such as The Black Keys, you’ll dig Strange Vine. If that’s you, go check ‘em out. They’re really good. If that’s not enough for ya, here’s a sample in video form, thanks to Dead in 60 Years.

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To-Do Tonight: G-Funk, Death Marches, Death Matches and more

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Rapper/producer Warren G is at Rome Nightclub tonight as part of its hip-hop throwback concert series.

Best known for “Regulate” — which anointed both him and buddy Nate Dogg as hip-hop stars in the ’90s — Warren G is considered West Coast rap royalty more for his affiliations with Dr. Dre (his stepbrother), Snoop Dogg and the G-Funk sound than his own catalog, which has been inconsistent at best after his stellar debut album.

You can expect Warren G to pay tribute to his fallen friend Nate Dogg, who died in March after years of health problems.

Tonight’s show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance and can be purchased from eventbrite.com. They’ll cost $25 at the door.

Next up in Rome’s hip-hop concert series is Bay Area vet E-40, who performs next Thursday.

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To-Do Tonight: New Beginnings & Old Faves

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Lots to pay attention to tonight …

  • Poetry slam The Beat Down Slam gets a new venue tonight, leaving its previous home, Revue, for the fresh downtown digs of Iron Bird Cafe. The Inner Ear organizers said they left Revue because of differences with the owner, which is something I’ve heard happening from ArtHop events to comedy shows. Eek. Yet another reason to go to Iron Bird instead? Sounds good.
  • Sierra Vista Mall kicks off it summer concert series — with the rockin’ cover band sounds of Mr. Rude.
  • After Taste & Toast of the Tower tonight, Palomino’s kicks off a new night — Inebriation Thursdays. Ya know, cuz you’ll probably have loaded up on wine by then.

Check the fliers below …

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To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead

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TONIGHT
It’s another installment of Resurrect at Audie’s Olympic. Consider this the anti-Top 40 DJ night, as the Resurrect DJ crew plays dub-step, indie hip-hop, breaks, drum & bass and more outside-the-norm tunes for your Monday night enjoyment.

It’s free to get in.

IN THE WEEK AHEAD

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To-Do Tonight: A rockin’ Thursday

It’s another busy Thursday in Fresno. For live music lovers, there’s From the Fallen and others at Babylon, Hellbound Glory and others are at Audie’s and 33% Ill at Crossroads for the Zen Factory. In the non-music realm: There’s slam poetry at The Beat Down Slam at Revue. And there’s a “Single’s” Party at Aldo’s. Shauu!

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To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead

First off, there a couple of rockin’ shows tonight for the all-ages crowd. At Chinatown Youth Center, Grave Maker gets hardcore. And Starline oughta be packed thanks to a big bill. Warped Tour-ish bands Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Sky Eats Airplane bring their tour to town, and buzzworthy rockers Paper Tongues were tacked onto the bill too.

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