Italic Indian, White Leopards, Mucky The Ducky
Today, 7 p.m., donations accepted
Sometimes lyrics and the standard beat don’t provide the right backdrop to an emotional cacophony. SoCal bands Italic Indian and White Leopard are sure to bring medley of interesting sounds to the floor with their ambient electronic.
The Get Up Kids, Approach
Today, 8 p.m. $26 in advance, $29 at the door
Great American Music Hall in San Francisco
A GUK reunion tour? Now that’s surely something to write home about. After announcing their break-up in 2005, the kids are back together again. Opening for the band is electro-hip-hopper Approach, a fellow Kansas City native.
th‘ Losin Streaks, Movie Star Junkies, Art Lessing and the Flower Vato
Today, 8 p.m., $5-8
Luigi’s Fun Garden in Sacramento
A full year of Italian has been utterly lost on me, but one thing that hasn’t gotten lost in translation is the music from Turin-based band Movie Star Junkies. The group brings a certain European swagger to their moody garage blues as they take note of acts like The Chrome Cranks and The Scientists.
Agent Ribbons, Uni and Her Ukelele, Ricky Berger
Friday, 7:30 p.m., $3, 21 2533
27th Street in Sacramento
After getting her start as a backup singer for Johnny Otis, Heather Marie Ellison (the “Uni” behind Uni and Her Ukelele) finally took center stage with her solo act in 2004. Think more dreamy folk-pop, less beachy Hawaiian breeze.
Silverstein, Norma Jean, Bless the Fall, Before Their Eyes
Friday, 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $22 day of show
The Boardwalk in Orangevale
A group of Canadians and a literary reference? I approve. Ontario-based band Silverstein (as in poet Shel) make the kind of metal-tinged emo that stirs up the Vans Warped Tour going scene kid in me. Their latest album A Shipwreck in the Sand was released on Mar. 31.
Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21
The G St. Pub
What better way to bring in spring quarter than with some good ol‘ surf rock? Taking inspiration from other instrumental surf classics like Dick Dale and The Ventures, the band’s invigorating tunes evoke images of rolling waves and tropical beaches. And if that doesn’t work, maybe a Mai Tai from the bar should do the trick.
Rob Walmart, White Fang, Acre, Pariah Veil, Sucks
Saturday, 7 p.m., $5
The Funcastle in Sacramento
For a lesson in obscurity, look no further than experimental noise act Rob Walmart. His electronic improvisations may not appeal to all, but the blips, scratches and voiceovers in songs like “Show Me Your Dance Powers” should leave a haunting impression on anyone.
Jeremy Jay, Jake Mann, Sean Smith
Sunday, 8 p.m., $6
Luigi’s Fun Garden in Sacramento
Zim-Zims veteran and former Davis resident Jake Mann knows the key to my heart – my lo-fi, synthy, electric-tinged indie-pop loving heart.
Mike Relm DJ Dance Party
Monday, 8 p.m., free
Good music, a convenient location, free admission and no midterms to worry about. There really are no excuses to miss this one.
Tuesday, 8 p.m., free
Delta of Venus
Rounding out the wave of experimental noise acts to come to the area is technocultural studies professor Bob Ostertag. I just happen to be enrolled in a class of his. I wonder if this mention could count as extra credit?
AT THE MOVIES
Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge
Today, 8 p.m., free
Porn on campus? One word: Awkward! For those planning to attend, don’t forget your IDs, as they will be checking it at the door.
Wednesday, 8 p.m., $1 at the door
All the hype surrounding the film – not to mention the Oscar for “Best Picture” – hasn’t been for naught. Trust me.
ART / MONDAVI
Undoing Marginalization on Campus 2009
Opens Monday at the Memorial Union Art Lounge
This mixed media exhibition explores different experiences of marginalization on campus. A two-part symposium discussing such issues will be held on Apr. 10 and 11.
Friday, 8 p.m., $35 general admission, $17.50 with a student ID
Talk about a melting pot of cultures: Lila Downs is a half Mixteca, half Scottish singer who pulls from different genres such as native mesoamerican music, opera, jazz, ranchera and rock.
RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.