Because no holiday (or whatever is its we’re calling Halloween these days) is complete without a listicle, here are five creepy books. As chosen by me and in no particular order.
1. “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley
As the story goes, Shelley wrote this book at 19 years old, as part of a horror-story competition with a bunch of other 19th century authors. Looks like she was the big winner because, close to 200 years later the story — or some form of it — continues to be enjoyed. If you think you know Frankenstein and haven’t read Shelley’s version, make it a priority.
2. “Bedbugs,” Ben H. Winters
As introduction, Winters may be best known as the guy behind “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” and “Android Karenina.” Don’t let that trick you. Here, he created a story of New York paranoia that rivals “Rosemary’s Baby.”
Arrogant Bastard was first released by the San Diego brewing company Nov. 1, 1997, and according to lore its introduction was “a shot across the bow of fizzy yellow beer, fortelling the craft revolution ahead.” If you’ve ever tasted the (capital B) Bastard (or any of Stone’s brews for that matter), you understand.
This is your chance to get some Stone swag (more than 20 specialty men and women Stone Brewing t-shirts will be available, along with Stone pint glasses). More importantly, this is your chance to taste 15 different Stone brews. And on tap to boot.
Be warned, this ain’t your papa’s session ale.
The list includes: 2012 “Vintage” Double Bastard Ale; 2014 Double Bastard Ale; Bang Bang – Bourbon Barrel Aged Amber Ale; Lukcy Basartd Ale; Old Guardian Oak-Smoked – Barleywine; Arbalest – Belgian Pale Ale; Arrogant Bastard Ale; Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard; Imperial Russian Stout; Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers; Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity; Stochasticity Project: Quadotriticale; Stone 18th Anniversary IPAl; Stone Passion Project and Xocoveza Mocha Stout Collaboration w/Chris Banker and Insurgente.
If the list needs some explanation, you should probably just go and ask.
For fans of avant garde music (I’m not talking about whatever people are calling “experimental” these days): Audie’s Olympic Tavern is hosting Italian theremin vurtuosos Vincenzo Vasi and Valeria Sturba, 9 p.m. tonight.
Vasi is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist who collaborated with Mike Patton on his “Mondo Cane” project. Sturba is a musician and composer, who attended the Theremin Academy in Colmar (who knew such a thing existed) and plays the theremin, violin, voice, electronics, looper, effects and toys.
The duo, performing as Ooopopoiooo, create a mix of electronic, ambient noise and minimalism, with a strong focus on improvisation.
I haven’t seen much information on this show, other than a couple random posts on Audie’s Olympic’s Facebook page with links to this video (watch it on the jump), but this won’t be your typical rock show (and I mean that in the best possible way).
For instance, this one, from Fresno-born (now San Francisco-based) musician Joe Medina (or MERCH).
Medina, a self-described awkward kid who discovered music (records, actually) while shopping yard sales as a kid (Medina was born at Saint Agnes, went to Eaton until third grade, then Manchester GATE, Computech, Ahwahnee, Hoover and Enterprise before moving to the Bay in his early 20s), will travel to Europe to record his second album.
He’s enlisting the help of the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra. The group specializes in film soundtracks (hence the name) and has recorded scores for the likes of Werner Herzog and Quentin Tarantino and worked with bands like Arcade Fire and Septic Flesh.
Obviously, the whole thing is an expensive endeavor, which is where the campaign comes in. Medina is looking for $6,000, which he says will pay the performance and recording costs of the band. Backers can get a digital download or vinyl copy of the final release (for $15 and $35 respectively) a dance lesson from Medina (he was an instructor once upon a time) or (this is the cool one) a an Audio Technica turntable (on which to play the album no doubt). That reward will cost you $1,000.
With four days left in the campaign, he’s half-way to his goal.
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.
Before she died in a plane crash (at the age of 30), Patsy Cline had cemented for herself as one of most unique and inspiring voices in country (and pop) music.
More than fifty years later, her voice (and music) continues to inspire artists like Joni Morris, who has been doing a tribute to Cline (and Connie Francis) for more than 20 years.
Morris brings the After Midnight Band to the Tower Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday. We have tickets for a few lucky Beehive readers. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Who is your favorite country music voice? Male or female.
This contest is a quick one. You have until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 22). Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and must be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.
Check out a video of Morris doing her favorite Cline songs on the jump.
Eric Church will be the first performer to hit the Save Mart Center in 2015.
The outlaw country rocker will play the arena Jan.22 on the second leg of his Outsiders World Tour. County icon Dwight Yoakam and rock band Halestorm open the show. Tickets are $25 to $59.50 and on sale 10 a.m. Oct. 24 at select Save Mart Supermarkets, the Save Mart Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Fan club and VIP presales start 10 a.m. tomorrow, with radio and venue presales staring 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
KFSR presents another installment of the Fresno Grand Opry, its semi-regular fundraising-concert series that has local musicians and bands paying (and playing) musical tribute to traditional country music.
Founded in 2006, the annual event brings locally created visual and performing arts to the community of Cutler-Orosi with the hope that it will inspire the youth in the area on their own artistic paths.
Dozens of local visual and performing artist will put their work on display 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Orosi Memorial Hall. All festival proceeds go toward funding Orosi High School scholarships, commissioning new works from local artists and ensuring the continuation of the event in the future.
Over the years, organizers Cristobal Carrillo and Israel Flores have developed a knack for spotting new local talent — such as Visalia psyche blues band Slow Season and the Dinuba hip hop collective, Roach Collection. Both play this year, along with local heavy hitters Patrick Contreras and the rock duo Strange Vine.
I emailed with Carrillo to find out more about growing up as an artist in a small, rural town and why this year’s lineup of musicians seems so great.
Is it possible, that Green Day, a band whom I loathed in high school (because I was too cool and they weren’t the Misfits or Minor Threat or even the Riverdales) is eligible for induction in the hall? In order to be get on the ballot their first single or album must have been released in 1989 or before.
Looking at the rest of the field (which includes Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers) one wonders what definition of “rock and roll” is being used here.
It’s been close to a decade since the Eagles stopped through town. The band — whose greatest hits album is one of the 10 best-selling records of all time — played the Save Mart Center two years running in 2004 and 2005.
Both times there were close to 10,000 in attendance.
The band returned to the Save Mart Center last night as part of its “History of the Eagles” tour. We want to hear from those who were there.
How was the crowd? Were locals fans as excited for the band as they were a decade ago? Given that this tour is supposed to span the band’s entire career (and promised some songs that have never been played lived before), what was the set-list like? Any unusual choice? Any of the hits get left out? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Then, click over to The Bee to see our photo gallery from last night’s show.
Yes, the Portland doom metal band shares the record with its comrades in noise Sandworm (a thrashish metal band from Providence, RI), and technically, each band does get the same amount of vinyl space.
But Sandworm has 10 tracks on its side of the record. The Body has just one — a 16-minute blast of expansive darkness call “The Manic Fire.”
This tells you most of what you need to know about The Body.
Formed in 1999 by drummer Lee Buford and guitarist Chip King, The Body has forged its place as one of underground metal’s most brutal bands — incorporating avant-garde composition and elements of noise and experimental electronic music with doom and black-metal. Pitchfork describes King’s vocals as “the sound of exaggerated nightmares, his shrill scream so anxiety-inducing that it puts your animal brain on high alert for imminent danger…”
It’s tough to give the band’s music a fitting description, says Buford, in town tonight for a show at Audie’s Olympic Tavern with Sandworm and locals Inside the Sun and Keeper.
When the Lynch siblings — Rydel, Riker, Ross and Rocky — moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, they were looking to start their careers as actors and dancers. Maybe they would sing some, maybe land in a commercial or two.
Instead, the group — with the help of family friend Ellington Lee Ratliff — started its own pop-rock band, R5 (though Riker landed a spot on “Glee” and Ross has his own series on the Disney Channel).
The band — which plays 1 p.m. Saturday at the Big Fresno Fair — released its Hollywood Records debut last year.
We have tickets to Saturday’s show we’ll give to away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Would you ever play music with your siblings? Why or why not? This contest is another quick one. You have until 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and must be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.
Check out a video from R5 (and complete contest rules) on the jump.
Justin Moore’s life is a country song. The 30-year-old country star singer grew up in (and moved back to) Poyen, Ark., a town of 300 people. He dreamed of playing baseball or basketball until he realized he was 5-feet-6 and 140 pounds. He went to college for all of three weeks before he finally moved to Nashville to try his hand at music.
It proved to a good move. Moore was named New Artist of the Year at the American County Music Awards in April. That’s a year after the release of “Off the Beaten Path, ” and five years after his self-titled debut hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Country charts. The singer headlined Visalia’s JugFest 2014 in May and plays 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the Big Fresno Fair’s concert series.
We have tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us why you love country music (doesn’t need to be specific to Moore). The contest is a quick one. You have until 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and must be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.
Check out a video from Moore (and complete contest rules) on the jump.
Grilled cheese fans in northeast Fresno can get their melty goodness on at the newly opened Grilled Chz restaurant at Cedar and Herndon avenues. The restaurant opened last week at 7059 N. Cedar Ave., in the same shopping center as John’s Incredible Pizza. This location is technically a move, as the owners closed the Grilled Chz at Willow and Nees avenues, opting for a more high-profile location. (The Grilled Chz on West Shaw near West Avenue is still open.)
But enough about real estate. Let’s talk about the food. If you’re unfamiliar with Grilled Chz, the menu includes just about any kind of grilled cheese you can imagine, along with tomato soup, chili, fries and dessert sandwiches. The gooey sandwich pictured at right is the restaurant’s best seller: the “extreme grilled chz” with cheddar cheese, macaroni and cheese inside, along with caramelized onions and smoked bacon with cheddar crusted onto the outside of the bread. The restaurant’s “molten extravaganza” of double-cream French Brie, bacon, sliced almonds, and homemade fig paste got some attention from AAA’s magazine “Via” last spring. See the full menu here.
I also love to eat and this is an exciting time for food lovers in Fresno. No, I’m not talking the Fresno Fair.
As my colleagues Bethany Clough and Bob Rodriguez have reported, several hip new restaurants and drinking establishments have opened in the last month or so, including a gastropub, a small-chain modern-day Hof Brau and a bottle shop.
Below are my reviews of each. If you’ve been to any of the three, we’d love to know your thoughts. Add your reviews in the comments section.
In the midst of the ’60s British invasion, Paul Revere became an American rock and roll icon.
With his band, the Raiders, the organist had a string of hit singles including “Louie Louie” (it was a bigger hit for the Kingsmen) and “Kicks” (they also recorded a version of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” which later became a hit for the Monkees). The band is best known for the 1971 hit “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).”
During his heyday, Revere was known as “the madman of rock and roll,” which probably had to do with his on-stage antics, including dressing up in 18th century military uniforms, complete with the tricorner hats.
Offstage, the man could be all business.
“He played rock and roll, but he was a businessman,” says Bill Burns, who started the local band Papa Clutch & the Shfiters in 1978.
Burns met Revere several times over the years, and in the late ’80s his group (known as the Shifters at the time) was the surf-rock house band at Kicks in Reno. The club was owned by Revere, who had hired the band for the gig. “He was one of the good guys in rock and roll,” Burns says.
Burns also got the opportunity to share the stage with Revere’s band — in one instance Papa Clutch and the Shifters actually played headline to the Raiders at Safari Night show at Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo.
“Because of sound check problems, they played first and we followed them, asking the audience to give our ‘opening act’ a big hand. Paul was sitting in the audience and laughed harder than most,” Burns says.
“Great guy who was always on the rock ‘n roll make!”
Celtic Woman — the international vocal sensation and PBS standout — celebrates its 10th anniversary with an 80-city tour that includes a May 22 date at Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre.
The group last played in Fresno (at the same venue) in 2009 on it “Isle of Hope” tour. This time around, the women (who make up Celtic Woman) will be joined by a 15 member ensemble includes a full band, bagpipers, Irish dancers and the Aontas Choir. The show is directed by music producer David Downes.
Aside from not eating at Burger King (the tax thing may be the least of its offences), your schedule for the next seven days looks full up, especially if you are into any sort of live music. The choices are presented here in our weekly roundup known as BANDGEEEEK!