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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

If you’re lucky enough to have sold-out Of Monsters and Men concert tickets, add that.

Since the Fresno Handmade Bazaar was such a success earlier this year, organizers The Soulflower Group have crafted a seasonal sequel — Saturday’s Fresno Handmade Holiday Bazaar. You can buy gifts — for you or your fam — handmade by Fresno’s indie artisans. This ain’t your grandma’s craft fair, though. It’s in a club with a DJ and drinks. Keep in mind that it’s only open to the 21+. [More]

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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.

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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To-Do Tonight: Sweaty indie rock (warning: this post contains free stuff)


Top notch indie rock show at Fulton 55 tonight, featuring two on-the-rise SoCal bands and one quality local act.

The name Fresno probably recognizes most is The Silent Comedy, a folky San Diego group that’s played here a number of times and is pretty chummy with Fierce Creatures.

Also on the bill is Saint Motel, a melodic and catchy L.A. group that’s gotten buzzed up by the New York Times and KCRW.

Rounding things out is Achievement House, a cool local indie rock outfit that’s certainly worth your attention.

WANT FREE TICKETS? Of course you do. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door. But one lucky commenter can snag a free pair. Just be the fifth commenter on this post and they’re all yours. (We won’t publish the comments until we hit No. 5, btw).

SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: Here’s a 100% free download of Saint Motel’s “Puzzle Pieces,” a catchy piano-driven ditty that I think you’ll find yourself nodding along to.

PREVIOUSLY: Sounds of the City: Achievement House.

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The Week Ahead: The Melvins, Sahab, Datsik, Pawn Stars and more

COMING OUR WAY: Among the bands/artists headed to Fresno this week: The “Lite” version of The Melvins (Fri. at Audie’s), Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda (Fri. at Babylon), Arizona folk/indie band Obadiah Parker (Fri at Kuppajoe), Iron Maiden tribute band Invader (Sat. at Starline) and Portland Americana/rock group Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives (Sat. at The Cellar Door).

THE SILENT COMEDY: If you follow the indie scene around here, you’ve probably heard about The Silent Comedy. They’re a San Diego band that’s been here numerous times, and each time they’re a little bit bigger. Last time, they were part of that sold-out Fierce Creatures CD release show. Now they’re back to headline Fulton 55 on Wednesday with SoCal indie cohorts Saint Motel.

SAHAB: Indie-electro-hip-hop vocalist Sahab — probably my favorite new act in town — has his album release party Saturday night at Fulton 55. Read more about Sahab in this Artist You Should Know interview.

PAWN YOUR STUFF: The dudes from America’s most famous pawn shop visit Tachi Palace in Lemoore on Sunday. The “Pawn Stars” make an appearance, and are even buying and appraising your collectibles. It’s $25 to get something appraised, $10 to see them in action. Tickets here. You should also read Rick Bentley’s interview with “Pawn Star” Rick Harrison.

SWAP YOUR GEAR: Full Circle Brewing Co. host a gear swap meet for musicians on Sunday. Got some old gear you wanna sell? Or even wanna sell your music? Bring it.

DATSIK: The star dubstep DJ arrives at Fresno’s Crest Theatre on Thursday, after a big spot at the recent Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas.

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