Standard Tribesmen, Harlem, Fatty Acid
Today, 8 p.m., $5
Funcastle in Sacramento
Maybe you think you’ve already heard enough garage-pop throwbacks, but the Texas-based trio behind Harlem is a band worth listening to. Not quite lo-fi and with the right amount of sloppiness, Harlem sheds some catchy and jangly light on lyrical subjects like girls and drugs – you know, the important things in life.
Friday, 6 p.m., $5
figment clothing makes its debut with this coming out party featuring San Diego band Fight Fair as well as other local bands. Prizes from Yogurt Shack, Vitamin Water and Grand Zero will also be offered.
Random Abiladeze, State Cap.
Friday, 8 p.m., $5
Delta of Venus
I’ve been trying to re-introduce hip-hop back into my regular listening habits, but honestly, these Top 40 numbers just aren’t cutting it. Thus, I’m turning to the locals: You’ve probably already caught Random Abilideze during one of his shows in Davis, but what about State Cap.? This rap foursome mixes fresh rhymes with old school arrangements.
Friday, 8:30 p.m., $30
Senator Theater in Chico
Sadly enough, not all the bones will be here – the rest of the clan will take the stage sans Krazie Bone and Wish Bone. May I suggest a full reunion in the future, perhaps at tha crossroads?
Odessah, The Rockin‘ Chair
Saturday, 9 p.m., $5, 21
The Stag in Woodland
With tinges of classical, traditional Irish, techno and thrash in an alt-rock package, there’s a little something-something for everyone with Sacramento group Odessah. How thoughtful of them!
Gonzalo, Many Many Books, A Good Pillow, Alex Weston, Mucky the Ducky
Saturday, 10 p.m.
Court ‘N Cedar
The creative force behind A Good Pillow is KDVS DJ David Nguyen. Seeing as his playlist material includes artists such as Stereolab and the Decemberists, I trust that his musical taste should find itself a sound place in this lo-fi bedroom recording project.
Caught in Motion, The Honey Trees, The Mountains
Sunday, 8 p.m., $6
Luigi’s Fungarden in Sacramento
Two guys, a girl and a pizza place, literally! Local band The Honey Trees seem to have the makings of your standard indie pop outfit: A stylish female vocalist backed by two equally stylish dudes with instruments. However, the band’s quiet and understated sound makes me believe that they could be more than just Myspace fodder.
Whole Earth Festival Benefit Roller Disco
Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door
The DISC (2801 Second St. lm)
Roller-skating and music, all in the name of my favorite spring quarter event? I hear there will also be costumes and a bake sale. I’m so there.
AT THE MOVIES
Synecdoche, New York
Opens tomorrow at the Davis Varsity Theatre on Second Street
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a theater director who goes through all kinds of drama, including struggles with his work and his women.
ART / COMEDY
Birdstrike Theatre X
Friday, 8 p.m., $2 in advance, $3 at the door
123 Science Lecture Hall
This showcase’s themes of health and life strike a chord with my medical drama loving predilections.
Immigration and the Border
Valley Oak Elementary (L and Eighth streets)
This exhibition is part of the “Survey of Chicana/o Art“ class and focuses on politics, social justice and self-determination. A reception will be held Saturday at 6 p.m.
THEATER / MONDAVI
#5 The Angry Red Drum
Now through Saturday, 8 p.m., $16 general admission, $11 with a student ID
Granada Artist-in-Residence Philip Kan Gotanda brings attention to larger social issues through use of text, sound and movement.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m., $35 general admission, $17.50 with a student ID
“The Simpsons“ and Shakespeare – in the same play? Believe it. MacHomer creator Rick Miller re-enacts the voices of 50 characters of the beloved television show to make for an entertaining take on Macbeth.
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