Monsters of Accordion
Today, 8 p.m., $10
Luigi’s Fun Garden in Sacramento
Their title is appropriately fitting – Monsters of Accordion is an eclectic group of accordion-playing musicians with a knack for low, almost spoken singing. Think Cake, with a soundtrack-like feeling and without the trumpet. As terrible as an accordion-based band might sound, their ironic waltzes and creative lyrics simply work. Check them out on Myspace if you don’t believe me (“Dance While the Sky Crashes” is definitely worth a full-length listen).
Guidance Counselor; Fleshtone; Wreck & Reference; Eliseo
Today, 9 p.m., free
1034 Olive Dr.
KDVS is presenting a four-band house show tonight. Guidance Counselor is a Portland trio currently on tour with electronic duo Fleshtone, and Wreck & Reference is nothing short of a Davis legend – check them out for an electronic set. Visit the show’s Facebook event page for more information and samples of each band’s music.
Chrome Wings; ASSS; Pregnant; Mucky the Ducky
Wednesday, 7 p.m., free
802 Villanova Dr.
Portland bands are in season, apparently. Chrome Wings and ASSS both come from the classy, rainy city, and are currently on tour throughout California. Mucky the Ducky is apparently ending a national tour, and Pregnant likely isn’t pregnant.
The Reed Sea
Friday, 7 p.m., free
R5 Records at 2500 16th St. in Sacramento
The Reed Sea is a Portland-based four-piece group on tour throughout the Bay Area this week. They enjoy clean electric guitar and relatively complex drum tracks. Check them out on Myspace for a preview.
Synchronized Swimming Annual Water Show
Friday, 7 p.m., $6
Davis Community Pool
The Davis AquaStarz synchronized swimming team is putting on their annual show at the community pool. Is it art? Is it exercise? Is it the most ridiculous event in the Olympics? You decide.
Instagon; Blood Into Water; Liver Cancer; Smite
Friday, 8 p.m., $6
Luna’s Café in Sacramento
As indigestible as noise music might seem, it’s not unreasonable to say that music is dead. Norcal Noisefest is presenting the first performance of their season in Sacramento, and more noisemakers are scheduled to likely to add on. If you miss the show, check the Noisefest out in the upcoming weeks throughout Sacramento and Davis. For more information, visit norcalnoisefest.com.
The Red River; Eskimo and Sons; The Old Believers
Friday, 10 p.m.,
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
Portland continues its Davis invasion with The Old Believers, who will be joined by Long Beach’s The Red River. The two bands are touring to promote an upcoming double-seven inch record, set for release on Sept.13. The Old Believers and The Red River will also perform at Dimple Records earlier in the day. Check out our August 31 issue for a review of the show.
Six Organs of Admittance; Master Musicians of Bukkake; Dead Western
Saturday, 8 p.m., $8-10
John Natsoulas Gallery
The John Natsoulas Gallery is pumping out some impressive shows this summer, so let’s see how this weekend’s show holds up. Guitarist Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance will join Seattle’s Master Musicians of Bukkake (look them up on Myspace, not Google images) and the folky Dead Western from Sacramento.
ART / GALLERY
Art Auction and Exhibition
Begins Tuesday through Sept.19, 11:30 a.m., $35
Pence Art Gallery
The Pence Art Gallery is holding their annual art auction on Tuesday, followed by a month-long exhibition running from Aug. 25 to Sept. 19. Read our featured article on the event for more information.
Melissa Chandon & Donna Billick – Swimmers
Begins Wednesday through Sept. 20
John Natsoulas Gallery
Davis resident Melissa Chandon and UC Davis alumna Donna Billick’s work will be presented at the Natsoulas starting this week on Wednedsay. An opening reception will be held on Sept.12. Visit natsoulas.com for more information.
One-Person Show: Mary Louise DeLonge
Begins Thursday through Dec. 6
Buehler Alumni Center
This week marks the opening of an exhibition by Davis resident Mary Louise DeLonge. The exhibition is organized by UC Davis alum Bruce Gutten, and is held in recognition of National Disability Awareness Month in October.
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