Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Tonight: Project 86 at Fulton 55 (and free tickets?)

Alt-rock/Christian band Project 86 visits Fulton 55 tonight, fresh off the release of “Wait for the Siren,” its latest album. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them in Fresno, and this time, the SoCal-bred rockers are playing with San Jose rockers I Am Empire and Fresno band Session. Get your tickets here. Or, if you’re the first person to leave a comment saying you want to go, we’ll get you a pair of tickets from promoter¬†Love the Captive. You’re welcome. Just be sure to leave a valid e-mail address so we can contact you. An since this tonight, be close to your e-mail.

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You Review: Fuse Fest 2012

Another Fresno Sound Experience is in the books. Fresno’s annual all-local festival gave music lovers plenty to see and hear over the weekend — with 40 bands on 10 stages Friday and Saturday. Below is a video featuring 11 bands that I saw on Saturday night: Before Perils, Restaurnaut, Strawberry Jam, The Dirty Stomp, Back in the Valley, Achievement House, The Overdubs, Niilo Smeds, B. Rawcity, Sunburns and The General Populus.

Now here’s the discussion point: What did you think of the festival? In its fifth year, has Fuse Fest hit its stride? Does it still have some improvement to do? What would you like to see done better? What could make Fuse Fest reach out past the “usual suspects” and the get the whole city to rally behind it?

The people I talked to Saturday night were handing out both praise and ideas on how to make the festival better. So what do YOU think? For more on Fuse Fest, read recaps over at Fresno Famous and The Fresnan.

Tonight: Fool’s Gold hits Audie’s


This is a bit of a coup for the Fresno music scene tonight: L.A. band Fool’s Gold makes a tour stop at Audie’s Olympic along with local band Sunburns, which is the current project of “Bad” Andy Bunnell, formerly of Pinkeye.

Fool’s Gold plays a fusion of African rhythms with American pop — so there’s a nice breezy, catchy sound to what they do. But this ain’t just some ol’ weird hipster stuff. Fool’s Gold actually toured with Red Hot Chili Peppers last year.

They’ve also gotten love from NPR and PItchfork, plus played dates recently with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. OK, so maybe all that is hipster stuff, but whatever. This should be a rad show.

Get a taste of Fool’s Gold below and listen for them on the new Ozmosis podcast, which should be out soon.

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