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Davis, California

Sunday, May 26, 2024




Viva Hate, Roustabouts

Today, 8 p.m., $10, 21

Fire Escape in Citrus Heights

Viva Hate is a blend of arena rock, punk and psychobilly, but above all, it is a band that prides itself for rising above “the trends of cookie-cutter pop and retro rehash.” You can be the judge of that.


Altair Echo

Today, 8 p.m., $5

Javalounge in Sacramento

With their synth-heavy jams and toe-tapping beats, instrumental duo of Altair Echo falls within the same vein of other acts like 65daysofstatic and Black Kids.


Or, The Whale, Two Sheds

Today, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

Those who like a contemporary spin on folk along the same lines of bands like Wilco, The Weakerthans and M. Ward, this is for you. Bringing a refreshing edginess to the genre is Two Sheds. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Or, The Whale is a seven-piece band that straddles the line between alternative and country. Whatever it is, it’s good.


Arcs, Casper Pony, The Heather Show

Friday, 7 p.m.

M Street and Colgate

Experimental and electronic are two words I wouldn’t normally associate with acoustic folk, but New Mexico band Arcs proves me wrong with songs like “Deep Deep” and “Buoys.” Iced chai tea is another thing I don’t normally associate with house shows, but the hosts will prove me wrong as well.


Immortal Technique, DJ G.I. Joe, Diabolic, Da Circle, Random Abiladeze, Bo Rat

Friday, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 day of show

The Boardwalk in Orangevale

Not just another socially and politically conscious rapper, Immortal Technique has maintained his artistic integrity: He’s refused offers from major labels, and he’s a co-founder of the Grassroots Artists Movement, a group that provides health care for underground artists.


Life As Ghosts, Inhabital, Lite Brite

Friday, 9 p.m. $7, 21

Old Ironsides in Sacramento

Featuring raspy vocals that are more poppy punk than classic Americana and a sound that is more eerie angst than nostalgic melancholy for yesteryear, Sacramento band Life As Ghosts go beyond the typical facets of folk music.


Band of Annuals, Casey James Prestwood, Ian Thomas

Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

Band of Annuals have been heralded as the leaders of the folk scene in Salt Lake, so it seems only appropriate that they make an appearance at the leading folk venue in Davis. The Utah band gives nod to folk standards like Bob Dylan as well as more recent artists like Rocky Votolato.


Rock the Bells

Saturday, 10 a.m., $59.50

Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco

To all you kiddies lucky enough to scoop up tickets to this event, I envy you. The hip-hop showcase features everyone from classic acts like A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde to RTB newcomers The Cool Kids and Spank Rock.


Vans Warped Tour

Saturday, 11 a.m., $27

Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Marysville

Pop, punk, pop-punk – so it may not boast the most eclectic of line-ups, but fun should be had by all despite this, right? Some sage advice for Warped Tour newbies: Wear comfy shoes, keep hydrated and slather on the sunscreen like it’s no one’s business.


The Happy Medium, Retarded Muppit Farm, Asterisk

Saturday, 8 p.m., $5

Javalounge in Sacramento

Hey, Retarded Muppit Farm and I share the same initials! Neat.


Jeremy Jay, Fancie, Pets, Green Green

Saturday, 9 p.m., $6

Luigi’s Fun Garden

Jeremy Jay is tall, blond and handsome – and he’s a pretty sharp dresser to boot. With echoing vocals, groovy beats and deadpan melodies, he has been likened to a lo-fi version of David Bowie a la “Hunky Dory.” Sounds good to me.


Rowdy Kate, Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen

Saturday, 9 p.m., $7

Luna’s Cafe in Sacramento

Old school honky tonk probably doesn’t get much appreciation ’round these parts, but Sacramento band Rowdy Kate make it seem cool anyway. Also revisiting the jazz, country and folk of this bygone era is Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen.


Big B and His Snakeoil Saviors, Bottom Dwellers

Saturday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

A change in scenery never hurt anyone. Liven up your Saturday night with a hot plate of western swing and boogie from Big B and His Snakeoil Saviors in lieu of those same old club hits.


Wax Museums, NoBunny, Vapid, B-Lines

Sunday, 8 p.m., $5

Luigi’s Fun Garden in Sacramento

There is a creepy animal motif with Oakland trio NoBunny that brings to mind Frank the Bunny from “Donnie Darko.” On another (more relevant) note, the Jersey City duo behind Wax Museums does a nice electro-acoustic of “Let’s Talk About Spaceships” by Say Hi. Listen out for both bands on Monday on “Art for Spastics” on KDVS 90.3 FM.



Tropic Thunder

Now playing at the Regal Davis Stadium 5 on G Street

Surprisingly, this movie has been received by critics with mostly positive reviews. I was wondering when Ben Stiller would be considered funny again.


Brideshead Revisted

Opens Friday at Varsity Theatre on Second Street

Adapted from the best-selling book by Evelyn Waugh, this film explores the trials and tribulations of the aristocratic owners of the Brideshead estate.



Opens tomorrow at the Regal Davis Stadium 5 on G Street

Kiefer Sutherland versus evil forces in the mirror? Previews of this remake of the 2003 Korean horror flick have already got me wary of my own reflection.



I want, I need … I need, I want

Opens Monday at the Design Museum

As the thesis project of Masters of Fine Arts student Rachel Stone, this exhibition explores alternatives to mass-produced and mass-consumed clothing.



Now through Aug. 30, $15 for students and $18 for general admission

The Space at 25th and R streets in Sacramento

With runs in Los Angeles and off-Broadway, this musical focuses on two high schoolers struggling with life at a private Catholic boarding school. For an in-depth look behind the play, go to californiaaggie.com.


RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached at arts@californiaaggie.com.


Editor’s picks

Arcs, Casper Pony, The Heather Show

Friday, 7 p.m.

M Street and Colgate


Jeremy Jay, Fancie, Pets, Green Green

Saturday, 9 p.m., $6

Luigi’s Fun Garden



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