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Win tickets to He’s My Brother She’s My Sister

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are no strangers to Fresno. The Los-Angeles band (fronted by brother-sister duo Robert and Rachel Kolar) have played here often in the past few years. Its brand of “flamboyant folk” — there’s a tap-dancing drummer — is catching on with audiences and earned the band spots at big-time music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly and Austin City Limits. Just off a successful tour of the UK tour (sold-out shows in London, ya’ll), the band has embarked on its first headling tour of the US. It will be the last before they start work on a new album. Which means…see them now.

As in tonight, at Fulton 55 with Song Preservation Society and Strange Vine. This same lineup was an advanced sell-out in Santa Barbara. So it should be packed.

We have tickets to tonight’s show that we want to give away to a few lucky Beehivers.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us why you want to see the show. This’ll be a quick one. Deadline is 3 p.m. today. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email shortly thereafter. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please.

Rules are on the jump.

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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

Other than watching that stripper movie or the talking-bear movie.

I’m hyped for tonight’s show at Fulton 55, which features two of the best bands on our local scene — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison — and SoCal funky folksters He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, who have won over crowds here before. They’re playing the Austin City Limits festival in September too. Anyhow, it’s gonna be a great show and if you don’t go that blue creature on the flier will eat you. [Tickets]


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Win tickets to see a great night of music at Fulton 55


UPDATE: Congrats to our winners — Kristy, Nicole and Christina F. Enjoy the show. Thanks to all who played. Everybody managed to keep it on topic in the comments. Bless you.

ORIGINAL POST: Dear people of Fresno who have ears: Friday night’s show at Fulton 55 is not one you’ll want to miss. It includes two of the best local bands currently on the scene — Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison, as well as SoCal band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. You might recall that I sang the praises of them in the past.

On their own, I’d recommend HMBSMS. With Strange Vine and Poor Man’s Poison on the bill? This is stellar.

Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door. But you can win some right here on The Beehive if you’re lucky. We have three pair to give away, courtesy of Strange Vine. To get entered into our contest, just leave a comment below that uses the words “poison” “strange” and “sister.”

We treasure creativity. The winner, however, will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail, so please a leave e-mail address and please check it. Since the show is right around the corner, this is going to be a quick contest. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Complete rules below.

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To-Do Tonight: Pre-Halloween shuffle


Lots happening tonight, so let’s not waste any time on some generic setup:

More happenings, including a bunch of nightclub stuff, below

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To-Do Tonight: Mucho Music


Lots and lots of live music waiting for your eyes this evening. Let’s have a look:

DIEGO’S UMBRELLA: This SF-based band is at Audie’s Olympic. Should be a wild one, considering Diego’s Umbrella calls its style “gypsy pirate polka.” You had us at pirate … but polka is fun too.

HE’S MY BROTHER, SHE’S MY SISTER: Told you all about these L.A. funky folksters yesterday. Totally worth a reminder today. They’re at Fulton 55 with Fierce Creatures — which is doubly fun and funky. Read this amusing Q & A with HMBSMS from today’s Bee. [Tickets]

SOME FIVE-BUCK YEE-HAW: Totally not as dirty as I made it sound — but it is a bargain. It’s the next in Kiss Country’s $5 Summer Concert series at Woodward Park starring Steve Holy, Due West and LoCash Cowboys. (Watch for that Shakespeare/country traffic)

ANGEL LEBRON: Live salsa at Starline, from the Starline Salsa Club and New York-bred Angel Lebron. Beehive High-Five to whoever asks Lebron to see his rings.

ROCK THE MALL: It’s another installment of Sierra Vista Mall’s free Rock the Mall concert series. It oughta be a big one, too, with popular local Journey tribute band Midnight Run playing. Did we mention free? Cuz, yeah, free.

Fliers and a few more options below:

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Get Familiar: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister


Funky L.A. folksters He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister arrive in Fresno on Thursday to share the stage with Fierce Creatures at Fulton 55.

Of the thousands of bands who have visited Fresno while I’ve been writing about the local music scene, I don’t know that I can think of one whose cast of characters is this interesting.

Brother-sister duo Robert and Rachel Kolar lead the band and share vocals. Robert is a John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner who also plays guitar and kick-drum. Rachel plays tambourine and is also an accomplished playwright and actress on L.A.’s local theater circuit.

Bass player Oliver Newell is a music-school drop-out who has played in a symphony, hitch-hiked across America, and eventually graduated from CalArts. Guitarist Aaron Robinson is well versed in both classical and folk guitar, as well as flamenco (he lived in Spain for a while). He also tours with Sea Wolf and has played with Akron Family.

Cello player — yes they’ve got one of those too — Satya Bhabha is a Yale graduate and actor whose credits include “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “Fair Game” with Sean Penn. The funkiest piece yet is Lauren Brown, a tap dancer, who serves as the band’s percussionist. She also founded a theater company with Rachel Kolar.

If you’re wondering how all that comes together musically, the answer is with much eclecticism. A sound the band calls “flamboyant folk” and “psych-acoustic.”

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The Week Ahead: Fashawn, $5 country, Diego’s Umbrella, Miserlou and more


WELCOME HOME, FASH: Local rap prodigy Fashawn returns from a big European tour to headline Tower Theatre on Saturday, with Planet Asia and Clouded Vision sharing the bill.

KISS THAT $5 GOODBYE: Kiss County hosts another of its five-dollar summer concerts on Thursday at Woodward Park. Steve Holy, Due West and LoCash Cowboys perform. Remember, this is a concert series that has brought us early looks at future stars such as Lady Antebellum.

MORE THURSDAY NIGHT SOUNDS: Making for a really competitive live music Thursday night: S.F. gypsy rockers Diego’s Umbrella perform at Audie’s Olympic, L.A.’s funky folksters He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister perform at Fulton 55 and Angel LeBron brings his salsa stylings to Starline.

BIG FRIDAY: Two “Big” Friday nights concerts — Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys at Audie’s while Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters’ son) is at Fulton 55.

ALSO IN TOWN: Red Molly (Wed. at Fulton 55), Bruce Conte (Sat. at Fulton 55), The Secretions (Sunday at Audie’s), Smile Empty Soul (Sun. at Thai Palms) and Useless Keys and The Mallard (Sun. at Fulton 55). Two notes of local interest: Ray Appleton is playing with Bruce Conte and The Mallard is ex-Fresnan Greer McGrettrick, who you may remember from her days in Rademacher.

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