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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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1. Woodward Park Shakespeare Festival
Forget “House of Cards.” Shakespeare perfected the whole political-intrigue thing. QUICK CORRECTION: Color me embarrassed. “Macbeth,” doesn’t open until Thursday. So, add it to next weekend’s events.

2. Father’s Day Blues Fest
Headliner is Johnny Rawls: An old-time road-warrior if there ever was one. He’s been on the road (pretty much constantly) since 1969.

3. “Austin and Ally” at Fresno Grizzlies
I haven’t kept up with my Disney stars since Hilary Duff, but Calum Worthy, who plays Dez on “Austin and Ally,” will be at the game.
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4. Table Mountain Rancheria Pow-Wow
Here’s a part of our area’s cultural heritage that doesn’t get enough positive attention.

5. Fresno’s Greatest Hits: Comedy Edition
Yes, Fresno has a comedy scene that you should support.

And in case you missed this week’s BANDGEEK post …

1. King Buzzo
2. Harps
3. Strange Vine
4. Lance Canales and the Flood
5. Jazz Night at Tokyo Garden

BANDGEEK: Sara Evans, Kings Buzzo and Murs

6-13-14Between watching the World Cup and getting your head around the dude who was mistakenly released from jail (and then killed), your weekend is spent. Unless you’re up for the dozens of live music events happening around the city, which we (once again) cull together and collate in the weekly feature we call BANDGEEEEEK!

TONIGHT:

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Tweak Bird bring positive doom to Cellar Door

TweakBirdBryanRichardMartin1Tweak Bird makes music that is oddly undefinable.

“When you’ve been influenced by 100 bands, it’s going to be multi-genre and a little hard to place,” says Ashton Bird, who makes up the guitar-drum duo with his brother Caleb.

Bird is not the real surname, Ashton says. “It’s a band thing.”

The Los Angeles duo doesn’t worry much about genre. They just play and hope the music passes along their joy for life, forgetting the fact they spent two years playing with mostly doom and stoner rock bands, or that their sound borrows heavily from those genres (with flashes of indie-rock and psychedelia mixed).

“People have a choice. They should all feel fun and positive, too,” Ashton says.

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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.

TONIGHT:

Bandgeek!: Bear Hands, the Brother Weiss and a tribute to Johnny Cash

4-4-14While the majority of your friends are out watching “Wicked,” you’d rather be out at a bar somewhere, listening to some low-down dirty rock and roll. Or any of the dozen of other music options happening this weekend (and into next week). Here’s your music roundup known as BANDGEEEEEK!

TONIGHT:

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Tonight: Saintseneca

Saintseneca_by_Saintsenca_-_EtcSaintseneca invested a lot of time into its latest album “Dark Arc,” which is released Tuesday on Anti-.

The original songs came together over the course of close to 10 months. They were recorded in an attic at a friend’s home, and were the kind of sparse, minimal folk instrumentation the Columbus Ohio band is known for. It was a fully realized album and the label was excited, says Zac Little, who sings and plays a variety of instruments in the band, which plays Visalia’s Cell Door, tonight.

“They would have released it as was,” he says.

But they didn’t release the track as they were.

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Tonight: Fashawn’s birthday bash

FashFlyerAs a genre, hip-hip thrives on sense of place. Artists aren’t just from a city, they become the city. Think: Jay Z and New York, Run DMC and Hollis, Queens or NWA and Compton.

Fresno has Fashawn.

“If I’m in Lithuania, I’ve probably got a Fresno jersey on,” says Fashawn, who was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine as one of it’s Freshman class back in 2010. “I’ve got one foot in the music industry and one foot on Shield’s Avenue.”

Tonight, he’ll have both feet in Visalia. He plays the Cellar Door for a birthday bash (he just turned 25) that includes some friends — Los Angeles rapper Evidence, Fresno’a Omar Aura and others.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Besides sneaking your way into that George Strait show that’s hella sold out.

1. GO SEE A SHOW AT FULTON 55
You can see another country legend (sorta!) — as Johnny Cash tribute Cash’d Out plays tonight. They’re legit — as in they can make Cash’s daughter cry. Then Saturday, S.F.’s Nicki Bluhm comes to play some fun folky music for you. She’s legit too. [More]

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Podcast: Ozmosis #53 (One-Year Anniversary Show)

Well, this is the last Ozmosis podcast you’ll find here on The Beehive. And it’s a good one. Here’s the one-year anniversary show, which includes lots of good music from Kate Nash, Free Energy, Christopher Owens and Jake Bugg, among others. Of local note: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Nicki Bluhm are featured (playing Fulton 55 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively), as are Sir Sly (Friday at The Cellar Door). You can also check out Born Betty, the “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. Remember to catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1. For future podcasts, go to the Ozmosis blog.

Ozmosis – One-Year Anniversary Show (01.27.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

While hoping no other local businesses close.

1. SAY FAREWELL TO THE EXPRESS
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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The Sea of ‘Sea’ bands starts tonight

For the next three days, the Valley won’t have a shortage of “water.” And we have a Sea of indie rock bands to thank.

Tonight, Sea Wolf makes a tour stop at Fulton 55. Then on Friday, indie vets The Sea and Cake visit The Cellar Door in Visalia. Saturday is the CD release party for local band Sea of Sound. It’s happening at Kuppajoe.

And Sunday … no Sea bands on Sunday?!? Way to mess it up, Sunday. Ah well, you’ll have to visit Avila Beach.

Podcast: Ozmosis #40

On this installment of Ozmosis, there’s new music from Papa, Robert Delong and Diamond Rings. I dip into indie hip-hop with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We listen to a few bands in town soon Brainstorm (tonight at Fulton 55) and The Sea and Cake (11/9 at The Cellar Door). And Rademacher, recently featured on Daytrotter is our Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week.

As always, there are a few bonus tracks on podcast that didn’t make the Sunday show. 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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Podcast: Ozmosis #33

Lots of great new music on the latest episode of Ozmosis — The XX, Two Door Cinema Club, Cat Power, The Divine Fits and Matt & Kim to name a few. Sea of Sound is the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week and there’s music from three artists performing tonight — Nite Jewel (at Cellar Door), Camper Van Beethoven (at Fulton 55) and Ape Machine (at Audie’s Olympic).

If you listened to the show live on Sunday night, you’ll be happy to know there are a few more songs on the podcast for you to check out. 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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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Besides singing “Don’t Drop that Baklava.”

1. SEE TWIN SHADOW
You know how The Cellar Door in Visalia gets all those cool concerts? Well, organizers are saying tonight’s is the biggest one of the year. It’s with ’80s-inspired dance-pop act (and critical darling) Twin Shadow and the very groovy Poolside. In fact, I’ve heard people from L.A. and S.F. have been buying most of the advance tickets. Don’t miss out, local hipsters! Read this interview I did with Twin Shadow to get you ready. [Tickets]

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Get familiar: Milo Greene

Milo Greene is a great upstart band made up of five people, none of whom are named Milo and four of whom are lead singers. They sound a bit like Of Monsters and Men, who sound a bit like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Milo Greene just released its debut album and are stopping in Visalia on Thursday night to play The Cellar Door with Fresno faves Fierce Creatures. Go here for tickets and info. Consider Milo Greene one of those “on the rise” bands we’re seeing for cheap that could totally be famous a year from now.

Here are two of my favorite songs of theirs:

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Podcast: Ozmosis #20

This week’s Ozmosis podcast features a handful of bands you’ll see playing in Fresno and the Valley in the next 10 days, including The Violet Lights (Friday night at Audie’s Olympic), The Yawpers (Friday night at Full Circle Brewing Co.), Via Coma (Friday night at Kuppajoe), Sister Crayon (Saturday at The Cellar Door) and Audiafauna, who Twitter loved during the show Sunday night and is playing June 22 at Arte Americas. There’s also new music from Grizzly Bear, Black Box Revelation and others.

Enjoy the podcast below 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.

Tonight: Remembering Tony Blanco, dueling pianos karaoke and more

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than celebrating or making Swedes.

1. WALK THE PLANK
Argh! This weekend be the Fresno Pirate Festival, ye swashbucklers. Go pillage those land-lovers at Fresno Famous to find out more. Ahoy! [More]

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than playing games with your food.

1. WATCH SOME BASKETBALL
While we’ve been obsessing about our own bracket around here, we’ve yet to mention that the women’s NCAA Tournament is in Fresno this week. You can see the likes of Duke and Stanford playing. And, we presume, stand in some HUGE Doghouse Grill lines. [More]

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Concert Watch: Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis, Morris Day and more

SMB_web.gifTable Mountain Casino’s concert lineup has seen two additions in the past two weeks — Steve Miller Band and Huey Lewis.

Miller, well known for songs such as “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” will play at the Friant casino on July 10. Tickets don’t go on sale until May 28, but when they do, they’ll cost $25, $35 and $45.

Lewis — with his band, The News, in tow — will perform at Table Mountain on Aug. 29. Tickets cost $25-$45 and are on sale July 16.

If you’re a big fan, you might want to circle those date on the calendar because tickets for Table Mountain Casino concerts sometimes sell out quickly. Tickets for the casino’s April 17 date with Crosby, Stills & Nash sold out in a week.

CINCO DE MEGA WITH MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME
Fresno is about to get a dose of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” right before Cinco De Mayo. Morris Day and The Time have been announced as headliners for the Cinco De Mega concert, organized by radio station Mega 97.9 on May 4 at Rotary Amphitheatre at Woodward Park.

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The Beehive’s Guide to Fat Tuesday

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It’s Fat Tuesday, which means your mundane Tuesday night might get overrun with beads, music, drunken party people and who knows what else.

Kreayshawn is still the biggest name in town, for her performance at Rome Nightclub. Yes, it’s still happening from everything I’m told, despite the drama at Rome. A lot of people think the show is canceled because the ticket site was deleted and all the pre-sale tickets were refunded, but the promoter tells me tickets are available at the door.

Here are a few more options and a bunch of fliers:

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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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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than tracking down Bill Cosby while he’s in town and asking him begging him for some pudding pops.

1. CELEBRATE WITH SOME MOFOS
Local blues ambassadors MoFo Party Band have a big show at Starline on Saturday night to celebrate their 23rd anniversary as a band and their new CD. It’ll be packed. And MoFo always delivers. [More]

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Tonight: Too Short, Jazz Hop, Talkdemonic and more

It’s an ArtHop Thursday, which means the town is B-U-S-Y.

Here are a few things on my radar:

TOO SHORT
Rap icon Too Short returns to Rome Nightclub at Granite Park. Short Dawn is a vet, no doubt, and has somehow managed to stay relevant through hip-hop’s various stylistic shifts — and that’s no small task. [Tickets]

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than getting “drunk and disorderly” at Club Habanos

1. MEET YOUR DEATH ANGEL
So I may or may not be related to the lead singer of the band headlining Starline on Saturday night. Depends on who you ask in my family. It’s Death Angel, a veteran Bay Area metal band, and Mark Osegueda is its pipes. The show also includes Warbringer and is the four-year anniversary celebration for concert promoter Diehardz Music. It’s a treat for metal heads, as Death Angel’s metal legacy dates back to the early ’80s and is quite legit. And I’m not saying that ’cause the singer might be my kin. [Tix]

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