While 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!!.
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!!
The 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!!
Jazz generations. W/Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop “Harbor Jazz Ensemble,” Fresno Pacific University Jazz Ensemble and COS Thursday Night Jazz Band. At Frank’s Place. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)
It’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!!
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!
San 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.”
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.
Stop 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.
This 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!!
Pop 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!!
W/The JAC (Joe Algeri Collective) from Perth Australia!, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, Matthew Embry, Lannie Flowers from Texas and Felsen from San Francisco. At Revue Cafe. 8 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)
A 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!!
Now that we’ve all celebrated the independence of America (or ‘Merca, as the hipters were so found of Tweeting), we can cap the weekend off right — by catching some live music. Always here to help you out, let me present another installment of the weekly music roundup BANDGEEEEEEK!
I have a feeling at least a few people are going to spend the weekend in a bacon coma (not as cool as it sounds). The rest of us will be entertaining ourselves at one of the city’s many musical happenings, which I present in another installment of BANDGEEEEEEK!!
Between re-watching all six seasons of “The Sopranos” and posting videos to Instagram, you’re gonna need something to do this weekend. What do you know? I have just the thing — another installment of your weekend music guide. Yup, it’s another BANDGEEEEEK!!!
Marina V was crowding-funding albums before Kickstarter was a thing, before Indie Go-Go, PledgeMusic or the rest. In fact, all four albums from the Russian-born songstress have been funded by fans, who, on average give $150 dollars or so.
Though, one fan — an adoring one no doubt — pledged $10,000 to the cause.
For the support, fans get a small token from the singer. Pledge anything and you may get a Soviet penny (1 kopeck). Pledge $500 and you get a signed lyric sheet or an original painting — Marina also paints.
More than the small gifts, the fans get the knowledge that they helped make the album happen.
“It’s an absolute win-win,” says Marina, who is in town Friday night supporting her latest album “Inner Superhero.”
It’s not that Marina is against having a record deal. It would just have to be the right one. And she’s not sitting and waiting for it to fall in her lap. “I’ve been doing it on my own with the support of my fans,” she says.
She’s done well.
She has performed everywhere from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, to the American Embassy in Moscow. She’s done club shows in Paris and Sydney. She’s worked with producer Jack Douglas (who worked with John Lennon, Aerosmith) and recorded at the home studio of Graham Nash.
As a side job of shorts, Marina writes music for day-time television, specifically the long-running “Day of Our Lives.” She works closely with the show’s composer and collaborates with her husband Nick. She writes the melody and he writes the lyrics. It’s a nice change from her normal writing process, she says. She’s given a specific topic and has to keep within a certain time length.
“It’s kind of like an assignment.”
Some may remember Marina’s name.
Though it’s been three years since she’s played in town, she used to play regularly at venues like Fagan’s pub. One her best friends, Astrid Plane (from the band Animotion) lives in the city.
“Fresno is very special to me,” Marina says.
Marina V plays 8 p.m. Friday at Frank’s Place. Local singer Evelyn Shu opens. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15, day of.
Watch the official video for Marina’s song “Speak.”
You’re going to have some free time weekend, now that you have to give up filing for that patent on your DNA. Worry not, there is plenty to do, especially if you’re a music fan. For a close-to-complete-but-not-at-all list, I present your weekly installment of BANDGEEEEEK!!!
Because the weekend is here and you will inevitably get asked what you’re doing (aside from watching me serve up some chow at the Fresno Art Museum’s Men Who Cook fundraiser), I present another installment of my weekly music roundup. Let’s … BANDGEEEEEEK!!
If you are anything like me, this weekend is all about recuperating from last weekend and possibly gearing up for the big election. Of course, there’s always the chance I’ll get out to a few shows, some of which I present to you know in another installment of BANDGEEEK!!!
For a moment there, Amy Winehouse was the Beehive’s bread and butter. She was such a part of pop-culture, at least on this site, that we put her on the back of our T-shirts. Sadly, so much of that whole phenomenon centered around the last, destructive years of Winehouse’s life that the legacy of her music was often overlooked.
Enter Black to Black, the all-star Amy Winehouse tribute. I say all-star because the band features a killer-lineup of musicians including: Danielle Rondero (as Amy), plus Sean Alderette (40 Watt Hype), Crissy Martinez (Distrito Torre), Benjamin Betita (the Brandishers, Gayle and the Bowties), Steve Coleman (Pocket Money), Gary Anderson (Viper City Brass Band), Pierce Yamaoka and Richard Scroggin.
The band takes its cues from Winehouse’s early performances, which tend to be way different than what you hear on her albums.
Back to Black plays tomorrow at Frank’s Place, with ska band Pocket Money, and we have tickets to give away. Just leave a comment below. Tell us which is your favorite Winehouse song and why. We’ll pick winners at random. Contest closes at noon tomorrow (Friday) and winners will be notified by email. No repeat entries, please.
If you’re not feeling lucky, advanced tickets are available at Tsu Tsu Boutique in the Tower District (with NO SERVICE FEE until 6 p.m. day of show) or online.
Complete rules and a video of the band doing my favorite Winehouse song are on the jump.
Fresno Urban Sound Experience (known by some as F.U.S.E.) has announced the dates for the 2013 festival. So, circle Sept. 20 and 21 on the calendar for this locals-only music event. The festival will once again be held in downtown Fresno venues (including Fresno Brewing Company, Frank’s Place, Tokyo Garden and more) and will feature an insane number of local, original bands.
This will be the festival’s sixth year.
Because the lineup is still in the works: Who do you think deserves to be in this year’s lineup?
Lindsay White and Veronica May are lovebirds, or at very least, The Lovebirds (capitalized with a definite article). In Youtube videos, the San Diego folk duo come across as a well-matched set, quirky and charming and belting out songs with unabashed joy. The pair is on tour in support of its latest album “and a one, and a two,” and play tomorrow night at Tokyo Garden. In advance of the show, we caught up with White via email.
From the youtube videos I’ve watched, it seems like The Lovebirds is a fitting name? Am I off base? Give me some history on how The Lovebirds came together. Musically or otherwise.
Veronica and I both had established solo and band projects in San Diego before we met and started writing together about three years ago. We found a great connection through music and eventually started dating. I think Veronica eventually came up with the name The Lovebirds, and it stuck. We recently (about a month ago) decided to take a break from our romantic partnership in order to preserve our musical partnership. We both feel that our connection is stronger and more meaningful in the musical realm, which can be hard for people to understand. It requires a great deal of strength and maturity to break up AND stay together, but we are trying to put our music first and let that also be the thing that heals us. It always has in the past, and we trust it will now.