Beneath the Rapture, The Fall of Autumn, The Shotgun Effect, Light in August, Hello Sailor
Today, 8 p.m., $10 in advance
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
Not to seem entirely sacrilegious, but I’ve never understood the appeal of Christian rock, let alone Christian metal. Perhaps the actual hardcore aspect of bands like The Fall of Autumn and The Shotgun Effect will distract me of the whole godly, finding a higher power purpose of their musical endeavors.
T.O.P., Tais, The Foulmouths, Ruby Ibarra
Friday, 8 p.m., $5
Delta of Venus
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to add a bit more hip-hop to my musical agenda, so imagine my delight at this line-up, which features the best and brightest of Sacramento’s rap scene. Well, at least there’s one resolution that looks to be more promising than my other one to work out at the ARC more often.
Hero’s Last Mission, Early States, Fate Under Fire, Lynus, Fashion City Scandal
Friday, 8 p.m., $10 in advance
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
Roseville-based band Early States was named one of the “Top 21 Unsigned Bands of 2008“ by PureVolume.com. Take a sprinkling of piano-playing and a dollop of emotional songwriting, and you got yourself a stew of melodious indie pop a la Copeland and Augustana.
Ricky Berger, Chelsea Wolfe, Tippy Canoe, Blue Rabbit
Friday, 8 p.m., $6
Luna’s Café & Juice Bar in Sacramento
Ricky Berger and Chelsea Wolfe are already household names in the Sactown music scene, but I’m sure that Sacramento can make room for San Francisco-based band Blue Rabbit. Cello and harp-infused melodies act as a perfect accompaniment to the eerie yet soothing lullabies of lead vocalist Heather Anderson.
The Definite Articles, Silian Rail, J. Irvin Dally
Saturday, 8 p.m., $3 to $5
Fish and Sam’s House (L Street & Covell)
If you haven’t heard of Silian Rail, be sure to make that one of your New Year’s resolutions. The Oakland/San Francisco band takes the cake when it comes to intricate and infinitely interesting instrumentation – for a sneak preview, think of the complex arrangements of other post-rock acts like Minus the Bear, From Monument to Masses and Tera Melos.
Sunday, 7 p.m., $25 with a student ID, $50 general admission
Willie Nelson’s an American icon, and this red-headed stranger has a lot up his sleeve. On one hand, he’s an eccentric, pot-smoking old man. On the other hand, he’s a Grammy-winning “cowboy-hippie troubadour” with a movie career on the side. Sounds like your everyday triple threat to me.
Limbeck, The New Trust, Push Push Pull
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
UC Davis Coffee House
Another New Year’s resolution of mine: Spend less money. Seeing as this show is free and a little pop-punk is always a good way to perk up any dreary Wednesday, I’ll be sure to reserve a spot for myself on the Coho floor.
AT THE MOVIES
Open now at the Varsity Theatre on Second Street
I’ve always wanted to participate in a game show, but hope I would never have to face the same fate as the film’s main character, who is accused of cheating after he wins. For one opinion of the film, check out page __.
Friday, 9 p.m. at Crest Theatre in Sacramento
Fixies have taken over the roads, and now they’re looking to the silver screen. For more information, see page __.
ART / THEATER
“All About Us” Opening Reception
Friday, 7 p.m.
Tsao Gallery at the Davis Art Center (1919 F Street)
Sadly, I left 2008 with several art projects unfinished, so I’m looking to kick this year off right. Thus, I’m turning to the locals for inspiration: “All About Us“ features works from past and present Davis Art Center teachers, students and board members.
Friday and Saturday, 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:25 p.m., $18 general admission, $16 with a student ID
607 Pena Drive
Presented by the Davis Musical Theater Company, this musical tells the tale of a brassy widow named Dolly and all of her exploits as a meddling matchmaker.
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