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BANDGEEK!: Nicki Bluhm, Labretta Suede and a country music fest

4-18-14-3It’s spring break and 420 weekend. Which means plenty of party fodder to go around. If you’re looking for live music, here it is, the most comprehensive list in town (I said it). Here’s your weekly BANDGEEK!!

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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!

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Bandgeek!: BATHS, Goldboot and The Reverend Horton Heat

3-28-14If you can pull yourself away from following the Leland Yee story, you’ll find dozens of music events happening this weekend. We’ve compiled them here in another installment of our weekly music roundup BANDGEEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek!: Pato, Squarecrow and Enjambre

3-21-14All of your friends may be sitting in front of a TV somewhere vegging out on March Madness coverage. Not you. You’re looking at the plethora of live music happenings this week and thinking, “bring it on.” Here is our weekly music roundup in an all-new BANDGEEK!:

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Bandgeek!: Back to Black, Tool and Lady A

3-14-14In between marathon-watching every episode of “Veronica Mars” in advance of the movie, you may want to catch some live music. There are plenty of choices for the week. Here they are in our weekly roundup…BANDGEEEEK!

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Bandgeek!: Salamanders, Le Wolves and Cattle Decapitation

3-7-14Rogue Festival is in its final week and there are still LOTS of shows you have not seen. Some of them are good, even. If that’s not your thing, it’s cool. There are LOTS of musical happenings this week, too. Here they are in a nice, linear format we call BANDGEEEEEK!

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Bandgeek!: Ras Kass, The Roadshow and Jake Shimabukuro

2-14-14Put the Olympics on the DVR and go out and see some live music this week. There are choices like you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you would, if you follow our weekly music roundup, which we present now. Here is your weekly BANDGEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek!: Black Uhuru, Death Angel and Thompson Square

2-7-14So, now that you finally have a way to get from place to place without worrying about locking up your bicycle and/or getting a DUI, you’ll be free to hit up multiple live shows in the next week. All of which we post for just such an occasion. Check out another installment of the weekly music-roundup we call BANDGEEEEEK!

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BANDGEEK!: Genuine Bass, Tribal Seeds and a hangover party

1-3-14This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a slow week. It’s what happens when New Year’s Eve falls on a Tuesday (happy New Year’s and all that). Still, the pickin’s ain’t bad when it comes to live music. See for yourself in this week’s installment of BANDGEEEEK!!!

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BANDGEEK!: Le Wolves, Natural Thrills and Bad Boys Zydeco

12-27-13After you spend a few hours standing in the return line at your local big box retailer, start your family-time detox with some live music. There are more than enough shows to for everyone. Doubters will find proof in this week’s music-roundup known as BADNGEEEEK!!.

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Bandgeek: X, Alien Ant Farm and Suicidal Tendencies

12-12-1Aside from finishing up your holiday gift buying, or doing a Hobbit-sized double header, go ahead and treat yourself to some music this weekend. Chances are, you’ll find something to like among the dozen of bands hitting the local clubs, theater and bars. Take your pick with this week’s music roundup. Here’s your BANDGEEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek: Jay Z, The Genetics and Joe Bonamassa

12-6-1While there will no doubt be many a Paul Walker memorial movie marathon happening this weekend (make sure you include “Running Scared.” It is by far his best.), there’s also a deluge of music. It’s all here in The Beehive’s weekly music roundup known as BANDGEEEEEK!!.

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Bandgeek: Big Sandy, Brother Luke and an 806 Invasion

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The latest in the Hunger Games saga opens tonight. At midnight or something. There are people who are excited. Others will be more taken by one of the bands playing through next weekend. For those I present another installment of the weekly (in this case it spans closer to two weeks) music roundup known as BANDEGEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek: Roachy Balboa, Kyle Gass and Andrew Jackson Jihad

11141The PS4 gets released at midnight, which means some of us won’t be seeing the sunshine for a loooooong while. It’s a shame given the massive amount of music passing through the area in the week. Don’t believe me? Here proof, in list form. It’s your all-new BANDGEEEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek: Biafra, Labretta and the Kings of Blackstone

Nov1 (1)Tonight is All Hallow’s Eve. Will I spend it watching “Hocus Pocus” on demand? Hopefully.

After that, who knows? There are dozens of live-music events happening. I present them to you now in another installment of BANDGEEEK!!

Note: Listings are through next weekend. I’ll be out of the office, but didn’t want you to miss out.

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Bandgeek: Fashawn, Fresno Grand Opry and the 3 Faces of the King

71-elgIt’s Halloween weekend, and few of you will no doubt be found raging around the neighborhood in a Ninja Turtle costume (or is that just me?). The rest of you, feel free to pick from one of the dozens of music events happening and have a good time. Everything you need is right here in another weekly installment of BANDGEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek: Paramore, Los Creepers and an Alien Fashion Show

99-elg (1)Hooray! The government shut down is over! Now we can all resume our lives and do all the stuff we’ve been putting off for weeks. Like following the exploits of Banksy. Or, hitting the area’s bars, clubs, theaters (and arena) to gorge ourselves on live music. Start by scrolling through this week’s music roundup. Here’s your BANDGEEEEK!

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Bandgeek: Christian Death, Korn and Andrew W.K.

69-elg (1)Sorry folks, the Korn show done sold out. So, you can stand in line to get some free tickets (maybe), or you can scratch that and opt for one of the dozen other music events happening this weekend.

Better yet, do both and report back next week.

Back from vacation, here is another installment of the weekly music roundup we call BANDGEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek:! Bad Daddies, Lemonheads and Fresno’s urban sound experience

1240625_591236237606871_1542388142_nWe know at least 30 bands will downtown this weekend for The Fresno Urban Sound Experience, but there are dozens of other music events happening between now and next Thursday.

And they say there’s nothing to do in Fresno.

You know better, of course, because you follow our weekly music roundup. So, let’s do it. Here’s another BANDGEEEEEK!!

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Picture Atlantic plays tomorrow night at Tokyo Garden

1173833_10151954766591414_1964920397_nSan Jose alternative-indie band Picture Atlantic was scheduled to play Fresno back in August. I had a nice email interview with the band’s singer/guitarist Nikolaus Bartunek all set to go in advance of the show … Then the show fell through and we all did a big “Womp, womp.”

It was welcome news, then, when the band announced they had rescheduled a Fresno date. They will play Saturday night at Tokyo Garden with Hocus Opus and Style Like Revelators.

I can finally run that interview. Note: Some parts have been edited for timeliness.

Tell us a little about what the band has going on now.

Right now the band is pretty busy with shows. We’re at the point again where we are traveling out of town and trying to play out of state as much as possible. But we’re also working on new music, which we’ve had the chance to share with our fans on a couple occasions. Pretty soon though, we’ll be dropping a brand new music video. [The video for "Edgewood Road" was released Aug. 20]. I’m curious to see how that will go.

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Bandgeek!: Dim Peaks, Dead Souls, Fuel and Foot of Feathers

1098455_10100166970761361_1224570851_nStop daydreaming about what $16 million could do for the Fulton Mall.
Go out and enjoy some live music. Here’s a couple of suggestions that I’ve formatted for easy consumption. Here’s your weekly music roundup. Here is an all-new BANDGEEEEK! You are welcome.

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Bandgeek: Fatty Cakes, Nerds and My Ticket Home

1001688_10151491204647035_1789305221_nThis weekend you’ll no doubt spend a good amount of time researching how to keep amber alerts from getting to your smart phone. With the time left over, plan on getting out and hearing some live music. We’llmake it easy with the Beehive’s weekly on-line music roundup. Let’s do it…let’s BANDGEEEEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek!: Twirl Radio, Cockamamie and Bad Suns

534877_640716519285790_802242147_nPop quiz: What are you doing this weekend (aside from nursing a taco hangover)? If you don’t have an immediate answer, I’ve compiled a little list to help. It’s the Beehive’s weekly music roundup. A little something we call … BANDGEEEEEK!!

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Bandgeek!: Keyzer Soze, Kisser and punk-rock pajamas

keyser-soze_2013A good number of local music fans are still recovering from last weekend’s Catacomb Party. For those who are ready for round two, I presented another installment of your weekend music roundup … BANDGEEEEEK!!

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