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Local musician Bryan Nichols, front man for the band ZuhG, is opening a really cool store soon in the Westfield Downtown Plaza Shopping Mall. Nichols became tight with the Westfield people after booking their live music acts, so they offered him a great deal on an upstairs space near the food court. Nichols said he “couldn’t say no” to the offer and an idea was born to open a store called ZuhG Life in which he plans to sell local art, CDs and merchandise from local bands as well as accessories like picks, strings, straps, sticks, etc. The space will also provide room for Nichols and company to give music lessons for a range of instruments including guitar, ukulele, saxophone, piano, voice and drums. Their grand opening celebration is on Saturday, Nov. 13 and will feature live music from Slyfox, Chris 2Me, Katie Jane, Dan Rau, Random Abiladeze, J Ras (of Soulifted), Attwater, Musical Charis, The Dirty Feet and of course ZuhG, all on a cool little stage that Westfield set up for Nichols right outside the store. Music starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. If you want to sell stuff at the ZuhG Life store, contact Nichols via email at or hit up the ZuhG Life Facebook page, as they are looking for submissions from local musicians and artists. Guitar Expressions Music Series, a new guitarbased concert series, kicks off on Nov. 19 at Antiquité Maison Privée (2114 P Street) with a performance from Sacramento native and underground jazz innovator Ross Hammond (who will be joined by saxophonist Phillip Greenlief). GEMS will showcase some of the Sacramento region’s most inspired, skilled and creative guitarists in four exciting concerts featuring Hammond, Greg Williams, Henry Robinett, Tzadik Recording artist Derek Keller, and Nahum Zdybel. For more information on this intimate new music series, visit Here’s an awesome new Davis group to keep on your radar: New Heirlooms. The six-piece folk group is made up of a few members of the now-defunct-butstill-notable group Missouri Mule, and they recently recorded a self-titled 7-inch with Cooper McBean of The Devil Makes Three. Look for the release in early spring but for now, head to or check them out live on KDVS 90.3 FM on Nov. 11 or at The Hub in downtown Sacramento on Nov. 14. Local singer/songwriter Autumn Sky has started a fundraising project on to help pay for the recording of her new album, The Hallelujah Chorus. She’s trying to raise $600, a reasonable goal considering the sizable fan base she has built up over the years both here in Sacramento and beyond. Those who are able to donate will get to hear the album’s single first. Visit www. if you’re feeling like giving back to the local arts community! In case you haven’t heard, Social Distortion will be playing in Davis on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall, so definitely mark your calendars for that one. Opening will be special guests Lucero and Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music). Social D also has a new studio record called Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes scheduled to come out on Jan. 18. Tickets for the Davis show are available from (JC) Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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now or have X-ray vision? Answer me that, science! Some of you may have missed the 1990 documentary series titled Pinky and the Brain, but the rest of us know that scientists are busy creating mice with human brains. With madness like that, it’s no wonder stem cell research is killing the planet. They claim to be working on cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s and the like, but I’m not buying it. Thankfully, people like Christine O’Donnell are here to reveal the truth and I, for one, applaud her with my non-genetically engineered hands. These so-called scientists are attempting to play God, and it will only lead to trouble. Before you know it we are going to be overrun by some sort of egglaying, poison-spiked beaver with the bill of a duck. Oh my God… It may be too late! Of course it’s never too late when time travel is available. Yes, time travel is real. In fact, I do it every night. I crawl into bed, close my eyes and BAM…it’s tomorrow! Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Hollywood has been trying to tell us for years. Marty McFly spilled the beans 25 years ago in Back to the Future, but it must have gone over our heads at 88 miles per hour. We were so busy jammin’ to Huey Lewis’ “Power of Love” that we missed the obvious: what would be the point of a Delorean if it weren’t a time machine? No one in their right mind would make a car with gull-wing doors just because. These are but a few examples of the lies we’ve been told. If we hope to better ourselves, we have to question the answers science keeps trying to shove down our throats. The old science has failed us again and again with its magic trickery. It’s time for the nuisance, I mean, new science, to correct all the wrongs that were committed against society. So I say, open your eyes and suck it in (yes, eyes can breathe, which explains why we snore in our sleep). It’s a brave new world out there, and I for one plan to take my Soma.

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San FranciscoBased MC Equipto and Tons of Good Openers A comedy club might seem like an unlikely place to hold a hip-hop concert, but that isn’t stopping Aaris Schroeder (founder of UBO Mag) and her crew from throwing what is arguably one of the best hip-hop shows this fall at Laughs Unlimited in Old Sacramento on Thursday, Nov. 18. San Francisco-based MC Equipto from the group Bored Stiff, who is also known for his work with Andre Nickatina, will headline the show and with him will be members of his label’s crew (Solidarity Records), including P.W. Esquire, TabbDoe and B-Line. Also performing will be Z-Man from One Block Radius, and if you’ve ever seen him spit live, you know he’s the real deal. Another musical treat that night will be Michael Marshall, lead singer of the ‘80s R&B/funk band Timex Social Club. Marshall is probably best known for singing the hook on the timeless track “I Got 5 on It” from the rap group Luniz. Local heavy-hitters The Cuf and DJ Kool Kuts are also on the bill, further solidifying the dope-ness of the lineup. Hosting the event will be Big Sta The Legacy, an artist originally from Oakland who now resides in Sacramento. The show is 18-and-over and is only $10 at the door. Music starts at 10 p.m.



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Sacramento has flourishing fixed-gear/single-speed/track-bike scenes, and with the recent addition of Pedal Hard, a new rider-owned and -operated shop located at 1703 T Street, they’re getting much stronger. Music, art, bicycle scenes; they’re all basically the same in that they need one thing more than anything else: a gathering place, somewhere to hang out and talk shop and feel part of a community of like-minded people. The dudes behind Pedal Hard want their shop to be just that. Come in, hang out (they have a couch and a classic Nintendo system!) and talk bikes. Of course, if you want to buy some stuff, that’s great too. They carry top-notch brands like Leader USA, EighthInch, Aerospoke and Euro-Asia Imports. They’ve also got some dope clothes and other nice grabs from brands like Ambiguous, Shine, Immigrant Village, Constructive Destruction and Chrome bags and shoes. They plan on carrying BMX stuff eventually, but for now are sticking to fixies, single-speeds and track bikes. They’ll even deliver whatever you need for free in the Sacramento area. Bike frames, wheels, cranks, track bars, freestyle stems, riser bars, seats, seat posts, they’ve got it all and if they don’t, they can probably get it for you. Stop in or give them a call at (916) 801-5545.

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New York’s Blonde Redhead reinvents itself as a matter of course Words James Barone | Photo Pier Nicola D’Amico

Some bands preach an ethos of doing something different on every album, and other bands actually follow thought. Blonde Redhead is certainly the latter. Following the group from the angular, grimy post-punk of its early years in the mid-‘90s to the dream pop that garnered the group its growing notoriety, it’s difficult to believe all this music—a catalog now eight albums deep—came from the same three individuals. For their latest release, Penny Sparkle, Blonde Redhead, comprised of twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace and vocalist Kazu Makino (Amedeo’s wife), reinvents itself again with 10 mood-altering, electronic-drenched tracks. Doing something new may be its own reward, but it doesn’t always translate well with critics and fans. Metacritic. com, a site that summarizes reviews of movies, music and video games, rates Penny Sparkle, released Sept. 14, at just 68 out of 100 percent, whereas the band’s past three records notched well over 70 percent (their previous record, 2007’s 23, also Blonde Redhead’s biggest commercial success, raked in 83 percent). user scores followed suit as listeners’ average score for the album tallied just 6.8 out of 10, whereas Penny Sparkle’s three most recent predecessors reaped scores over 8. Statistics don’t always tell the full story, however. Simone Pace spoke with Submerge on a rare day off on the road. He sounded tired, but happy to “finally have a little privacy.” “We’ve been on a bus with 10 people,” he said. “But today we’re in a hotel.” Much like the constantly changing face of their music, Blonde Redhead is also mixing things up with their current North American tour. In addition to playing major markets—New York, Los Angeles, Houston and their one Northern California stop in San Francisco—the band has also played a few dates off the beaten path, such as Newport, Ky., and Carborro, N.C. The band also spent a good deal of time working on the visual component for these live performances, working with Jonah Strauss to design a lighting element for the shows. “We wanted to do something special for these shows, because we’ve never had that. It’s always a pity, because it does make a big difference,” Simone said. “The idea was to do something that wasn’t like a rock show, but do something a little more arty.” Simone said the look of the show is also evolving. “Now we keep developing it,” Simone said. “Every night we talk about different concepts about how to make it not only a rock show, but a different experience altogether.” The artistic approach to their live lighting is probably in reaction to the feel of Blonde Redhead’s new album. Rich


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with electronic flourishes and spacey vocals, Penny Sparkle is also surprisingly simple and direct. It’s the sort of album that either lends itself to being savored in its entirely or becoming severely misunderstood. Perhaps that’s why reaction to it has been lukewarm so far. Penny Sparkle was produced by Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, the duo of Henrik von Sivers and Peder Mannerfelt that fostered the spooky-chic sound of Fever Ray’s 2009 eponymous full-length debut. Alan Moulder, who mixed 23, returned for Penny Sparkle; and Drew Brown, who has worked with Radiohead and Beck in the past, provided additional production work. The album was recorded in Stockholm and New York. “This was a hard one to make,” Simone said of the process of making Penny Sparkle. “It was heavily produced… It was a lot of adjusting and organizing, which is all good. We hired them [Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, et al.] for that purpose. After the record was done, you had sort of a weird feeling, because it was such a strange and meticulous process.” Meticulous would be putting it mildly. The band sequestered itself in Upstate New York to work on the record, then Makino went off alone to Stockholm to work with von Sivers and Mannefelt before returning to work with the rest of the band and Brown at the Magic Shop in New York City. “There were a lot of people involved and sending files left and right,” Simone explained. “It’s interesting because I’ve never done this before. In the past, we just went into the studio.” Simone said that puzzle-like way the band pieced the album together made it difficult for him to understand Penny Sparkle at first. Now, as the material has become more familiar, he’s warming up to it. “My first reaction was I need to step back and listen to this thing and see how it feels, because I didn’t even understand it anymore,” Simone admitted. “What really helped was playing it live. Then you start to really have it make sense in your head. It becomes part of you more. Now, I enjoy it.” Taking a little time to enjoy his own music isn’t anything

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new for Simone. He said that the only album of his that he really fell in love with was Blonde Redhead’s second album, La Mia Via Violenta. “It’s the record that I listen to the most, and I sort of fell in love with it, which usually doesn’t happen with my own records,” Simone said of La Mia Violenta. “It hasn’t happened with any other record as much as that one, but I love this record [Penny Sparkle].” He said that learning to love Penny Sparkle took time in order to understand the different visions at work in creating it. “It’s not just me, it’s a lot of different things. It’s Amedeo and Kazu. It’s Henrik and Peder. It’s Drew, who engineered it and Alan mixed it. Everyone had their own visions that I have to digest and almost respect,” Simone said. With the band approaching a run of two decades together, Simone said that trying to pave new roads for Blonde Redhead to travel has become more difficult, but it’s a task they must endeavor out of necessity. “The first album, you have your whole life to do it, and every other album, you have one year, two years, three years,” he said. “It becomes hard to reinvent yourself in a way that’s genuine to what you’re doing—in a way that you believe is right. As you go along, it becomes harder, because there aren’t many options. We all feel like the most important thing is giving up who you were before and letting it be its own thing and not trying to redo what you’ve done in the past. It’s important to give something new to the listener.” Simone said that the set list for the new tour sticks mainly to the new material, but also features songs from the band’s considerable past catalog. And while their music strives to be different from what came before, he said there are certainly common threads. “You don’t want to try and match all the new songs, but it sort of happens,” Simone explained. “They start to become a family in a way. They become a family by becoming connected in some way. Your instrument becomes that connection. Old songs, new songs, but it’s all the same instrument.” Trying something new is never easy, especially when those who come to see you play expect—or demand—you to be a certain way. However, those who are fans of the band should expect nothing if not the unexpected from a group that consistently pushes its own boundaries. If you’re looking for business as usual from Blonde Redhead, you’re probably missing the point.

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Viva la Revolution Revolution Wines 2831 S Street • Sacramento words & Photos Adam Saake There is a book by Time magazine journalist-turnedauthor George M. Taber titled Judgment of Paris that chronicles a famous head-to-head blind tasting of California wines versus French wines in the mid-‘70s. Spoiler alert: California ends up winning in both the white and red categories and consequently, Napa Valley was put on the map as a destination to drink good wine. This book also chronicles the early trials and tribulations of many California winemakers, some of whom literally started out crushing grapes in plastic garbage cans in their basements. One of my favorite quotes in this book is from A.W. (Al) Baxter, winemaker at Veedercrest Vineyards. He was doing his winemaking in an industrial section of Emeryville, Calif. “We’re a neat little urban vineyard,” he says. “The grapes don’t care that they are crushed in Emeryville.” So is true with Sacramento’s Revolution Wines. The grapes don’t care that they are crushed in Midtown, and thank goodness they don’t or we’d be out of the only winery we’ve got. In fact, like Baxter, they celebrate it by calling themselves “Sacramento’s Urban Winery.” Before settling down on S Street, smack dab in the middle of the newest Temple Coffee and The Frosted Cake Shop, Revolution was located down an alley off 21st and P streets. A wine barrel with a sign atop reading “Tasting Room” was rolled out onto the sidewalk every day, encouraging walk-ins and informing those not in the know that, yes, there’s a winery in the middle of Sacramento. Now that the cat is out of the bag, they’ve settled nicely into their beautiful new location with a bistro/tasting room and have done good things with the inside—simple, inviting, well lit and the music was nice for most ears. A drawback was the unwelcome fruit flies that continued to buzz around our table. This isn’t something I’d normally bring up, but it was really “bugging” my date and me. To start off we ordered the Winemaker’s Plate ($14), an assortment of cured meats and artisan cheeses that included goat cheese and cherry compote, salami, ham and pate. Oh, pate. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. A generous pile of crostinis helped us make quick work of this essential wine bar offering that Revolution is doing well. If you want a quick wine education, I highly recommend taking advantage of the weekly wine tastings around town. The Firehouse, 58 Degrees


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and Holding, L Wine Bar and Market at Pavilions all have weekly tastings. For $10 you can try four to five different wines and then often have a full glass of your favorite at the end. Revolution Wine subscribes to this same method, except what you taste is all theirs. Pretty cool. A full flight of their wines, minus the Cabernet Sauvignon that they were out of and their infamous port, which has won double-gold at the State Fair, was brought to our table one by one and briefly described by our server. The Chardonnay stood out over the Chenin Blanc and Pinot Grigio, and the 2008 Zinfandel showed nicely. Lamb kabobs were on their way so I chose Grenache for my full glass—a nice pairing. The lamb kabobs ($10) arrived; four small pieces on wooden spears resting on a helping of quinoa and pomegranate. A bit of confusion arose as the menu said the dish came with an orange gremolata but there was none in sight. We brought it up to the server and Chef Simone McKinley came to inspect the dish and confirmed that there was in fact no orange gremolata on our plate. She apologized and quickly returned with the missing ingredients and personally sprinkled them on our plate. The dish needed a sauce, though, something to balance out the dryness of the meat and the quinoa, which was written as “quinoa risotto.” The pomegranates helped with this a touch, but I would have loved to have had more of the orange from the gremolata or the texture and creaminess of risotto. Our glasses were now full at the end of the flight. Smokers, talkers and laptop-gazers sat out in the cold and blew billows of hookah into the crisp fall air. Comfort food was in line. A dish of baked polenta with hearty marinara, roasted mushrooms and Tallegio cheese ($10) called our names. It arrived and we dug right into the creamy polenta that was perfectly crisped on the outside and creamy on the inside. The marinara added a nice acid balance to the dish and was just heavy enough to compete with my lingering glass of Grenache. The dessert menu looked promising, including an interesting take on a Pop Tart: a flaky crust with fresh pears and housemade strawberry jam, served warm over a slice of triple cream brie. With Chef Simone McKinley in the kitchen and talented head winemaker Craig Haarmeyer perfecting the juice, I expect great food and wine pairings to come. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas






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Issue 72 • November 8 – November 22, 2010


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Marcus Palma

Philip Noy and Model

Growing Sacramento Fashion

Studio 505 “Branching Out” Freestyle Fashion Show Words & photos Josselin Basaldu

Sacramento is home to several vocational education programs to help fashion artists express their design aptitude. American River College’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program is in the process of spitting out some talented, young designers. Several ARC student designers showcased their fashion at the Studio 505 “Branching Out” Freestyle fashion show in Citrus Heights on Nov. 5, including Riley James, May T. Roberts, Susie McGffin and Sue Mitchell. More than 200 people attended and very few seats were empty. Studio 505 was founded by Student Fashion Council President Razi Husain, who named the production group after the studio number at ARC where designing takes place. “The ultimate goal of a fashion show is to be able to sell, to be able to show what you can do,” Husain explained about motivation to produce a student-run fashion show. The show was held in a commercial space two doors down and part of Freestyle Clothing Exchange, donated for the event by owner Elizabeth Kelley, in support of local fashion. In efforts to style the large, basic space with two small columns, Studio 505 students stuck with the theme of “branching out” and displayed literal interpretations with actual branches and painted ones, creating an industrial, mountain chic touch. As the 250 white seats filled with friends, families and fashionlovers, DJ Mario Toca was spinning Top 40 hits and Studio 505 members were putting finishing touches on show details. Reading directly from the show’s program, handsome, bespectacled Eric Ellis from the ARC Student Fashion Council, at least had a decent voice if no showmanship. Introduced with an admittedly fabricated bio about sewing furs in the wilds of Russia, Roseville-raised Rebeka Garn set an upbeat tone for the beginning of the show with bright, flirty dresses. Garn sent five looks (outfits) strolling around the “U”-shaped runway to Of Montreal’s “Requium for O.M.M.2 (Remix).” Her dresses had high, scallop-collared necklines and medium-length floral print village skirts, reminiscent of the French countryside in summer, inspired by the time she spent in Paris last summer.


Although out of season, her light, fresh styling of her models was impressive with glowing skin, rosy cheeks and hair easily pulled from the face. “My fashion personality is romantic. I like to make people feel pretty,” Garn said. “Make them feel like little girls running through flowers or something.” The 18-year-old has been designing for two years and started taking sewing classes at Sierra College when she was a sophomore in high school. She doesn’t sell her creations. She prefers to wear them. The edgy designs of Phong Thammavong followed. His line was titled “Identity” and inspired by The Birth of Venus by Sandro Bottocelli. Bright colors like jade green, cobalt blue and bright cranberry were found in manipulated prints and chiffon, cut and accented with beige satin, black lace and asymmetrical satin webbing. Creating a design story and sticking to it, Thammavong said he wanted to create “a strong woman, doing what she can for love.” The sweetest romper ever with pockets, bright colors and an interesting neck was dark and passionate, a true ode to a women fighting for love by Thammavong. “This one was really inspired and came from my heart, in interpretation of the painting I love,” he said of the piece. A hydrangea finale dress was exquisite and perfectly accessorized with a headpiece of flower and sculpted twigs. With “Identity,” Thammavong heeded infamous advice from Tim Gunn on Project Runway and he used his accessories thoughtfully and chose wisely. Philip Noynosoudachanh (noy-no-sue-da-janh) remixed his own version of “Alien Remix” by Lamb to send his lacey, posh looks down the runway. Often going by Philip Noy (he said he consents to the nickname), he said he had to think “outside the box” in Sacramento for the design of his collection, “Vein.” He said being conservative “isn’t always healthy,” and “Vein” is meant to be strong and for “people who have confidence, people who don’t mind being naked.”

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But for those who do mind being naked, Noy’s clothes are a bit dangerous, beautiful and fiercely feminine. The horizontal striped black, white and beige tunic with a rope belt is luxe and would be flattering on any women. Noy said his best accessories as a designer are “a good attitude and lip gloss.” A significantly different aesthetic came next from 24-year-old Viktorya Wheeler. Providing a look for “more eclectic girls” who “like to go out and like to stand out,” neon netting, repurposed vintage T-shirts and corsets were shown in her line “Kaye.” With inspiration from Visual Kei and Gothic Lolita, Wheeler saw this show as a comeback of sorts, she said. Although from Placerville, she used to be an ice skater and skated at Iceland on Del Paso for many years. It was a difficult time for her when the rink was burned down by arsonists last March, and she kept Iceland in mind when designing her line. “Dubai Skyline Remix” by Benny Benassi featuring Kelis was the musical backdrop for Marcus Palma’s 18-look line titled “1:28 a.m.” Some shows are all smoke and mirrors, but Palma’s designs, inspired by strobe lights, late glamorous nights and the Sacramento metropolis, are all shimmer and mirrors. Palma said three of his looks were actually designed and fitted for his mother. Although he sent many constructed dresses to the catwalk, he shone as brightly in his menswear design skills as did the studio lighting off the shards of broken mirror on his designs. This was Palma’s second show at which he sold his first item. He was elated and giggly after the show at what he’d accomplished and his first sale. “This show was the entire universe. I did it out of pure enjoyment, pure excitement,” he said.

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The final designer’s demeanor was calm and expectant after his 13-look, cohesive line took its walk. Utterly sophisticated, imaginative, developed and intelligent, Nolan Kouri’s looks seemed polished. Kouri moved to Folsom from New York City to enroll in the fashion program at ARC. At 29 years old, his experience in the fashion industry and ability to discern general design likability while staying interesting were obvious advantages. Especially successful with geometrically constructed pants, shorts and jackets, Kouri’s designs look rich and ready to wear. Some choices of color and fabric cheapened and weakened possibly successful dress designs. But gorgeous, black feather hats were fantastic and, like circular awnings, shielded the beautiful clothes from the elements. “This collection was nothing compared to what I can do,” Kouri said. “I need to push myself creatively. That’s my goal.” Although his line was inspired by his memories of New York City, Kouri appreciates Sacramento. “Sacramento fashion is different from New York fashion. And I find that interesting because we all look to New York. But Sacramento definitely has its own thing going on. And there’s a lot of talent.” Overall, the designers’ youth showed in their collections. The design maturity, workmanship, fabric choice and styling were inconsistent. But the pieces that were good were really good. From flower-frolicking dresses to corsets, bare-back dresses and be-laced shoes to chic blazers and constructed shorts, the designers were different and each line told a story about our local talent.


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Issue 72 • November 8 – November 22, 2010

Matt and Evan Ferro hone their sibling chemistry as Roman Funerals Words Bobby Gulshan

When the guys from Roman Funerals arrived at the Bistro, the first question I asked them was how much time they had. If they wanted to just crank out this interview, I was prepared to do that. Alternately, we could order a few rounds, get some food and see where it led. They agreed to the latter, and the Scottish ale began to flow. Luckily, I remembered what the hell I was doing there in the first place and managed to get some of it on tape. We started talking about a line from the band’s bio. Matt Ferro offered the following: “How do I know that 99 percent of musicians are scumbags? Dude, I have been playing and touring for a long time. I know they are scumbags. Hell, I am a scumbag.” It may seem like a callous generalization, but as our conversation continued, it became clear to me that neither Matt Ferro, nor his brother

Evan, would indulge in any hostile posturing. “There are a few good eggs out there,” Matt continued. “But there is just something about music. Think of the expected rewards, like sex and drugs and money, it’s going to attract certain kinds of people.” I am not sure if the Ferro brothers were ever those “certain kinds of people.” It seems hard to believe they could have been. Having spent nearly a decade in the seminal Sacramento band Bright Light Fever, the approach to their new project is built on a foundation of experience and maturation. This includes years of touring and exposure to the music industry, culminating in a brief dalliance with major label status. “We had our toes in with Island Records, and we got a taste of all that,” Matt said. And for all the “scumbaggery” out there, Matt stated Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

“There are a few good eggs out there, but there is just something about music. Think of the expected rewards, like sex and drugs and money, it’s going to attract certain kinds of people.” – Matt Ferro, Roman Funerals

unequivocally that his brother Evan is not a scumbag, and hence from the ashes of Bright Light Fever emerged Roman Funerals. The Ferro brothers have been playing together since 2005 and have developed a close working relationship that Evan describes as “second nature.” In music, chemistry is everything, and to hear these guys tell it, being brothers almost gives them an unfair advantage. It comes through on the soon to be released EP, Six of Us. The sound of the record is generally stripped down and tight, with an underlying foundation of acoustic guitars and warm, twopart harmonies. It’s difficult to locate the music of Roman Funerals on the style spectrum, but there are hints of certain influences. “The way we put this record together was a little foreign for us. We wanted to make it feel a little uncomfortable,” said Matt, reflecting on the process of writing the EP. As a result, there are stylistic turns that may or may not be obvious, like my insistence that the track “Lineage” sounds like it could have been performed by an ‘80s New Romantic band. However, it’s clear that on some of the other tracks, the folk-y, almost country-like guitar parts drive the tunes. And as Evan explained, “it’s heavily influenced by The Byrds, and their record Sweetheart of the Rodeo.”

The best thing about interviewing bands is that on occasion, you will get to talk to someone who is as much of a music nerd as you. The Brothers Ferro are those kinds of guys, the ones who will drink and debate about “top fives” like characters from a Nick Hornsby novel. At a certain point in the interview, after beers and a couple slices of gourmet pizza, the conversation turned to black metal and black metal documentaries, and how Gaahl from Gorgoroth came out of the closet. If I wasn’t careful, I would forget all about the interview and start articulating my argument in favor of Dragonforce. Luckily, I remembered my notes. I told the guys I spent the earlier part of the day listening to the EP. “Did it bum you out? I mean, it’s kind of a gloomy day,” offered Matt. It’s clear that Six of Us isn’t a summer party soundtrack. Despite the Ferros’ reverence for the jangly, country rock of the Byrds, the Roman Funerals EP is decidedly moodier. The record was produced by Robert Cheek of By Sunlight, a former Sacramento band now based in Seattle. The EP also features the services of the Alternative String Band, a prominent local string quartet. “Playing with the string quartet made us feel like legit musicians,” Evan said, as if their status was in question somehow. The EP, available on Nov. 16, features six songs that

are brilliantly played and captured. Cheek’s production preserves the stripped down, folk-y feel and avoids excessive overproduction. Matt said that other members of By Sunlight, who also play in Roman Funerals, contributed to the production and performances on the record; a collective effort put forward to make manifest the musical vision of the Brothers Ferro. Increasingly, digital technology and social media outlets mean that bands can do a lot of things that used to be the province of a dedicated cadre of professionals. I wondered what Matt and Evan thought about how technology has changed the way bands approach their craft, especially since these guys basically cut their teeth in a period that immediately preceded the Web 2.0 explosion. “It’s a double-edged sword. You can immediately record and put something on the Internet, and it’s totally shit. But it allows you to do stuff like record the demos and stuff you’ve written without a lot of cost or complications,” Matt said. Furthermore, control over the business aspects of being in a band provide artists with complete control, and decrease the chance of being screwed over by opportunistic “scumbags.” And anyways, if you know some Web designers and graphic artists, you can always get by with a little help from

your friends. However, there is another wrinkle in the social media phenomenon that troubles and intrigues, according to Evan. “You can’t just let the music speak for itself anymore, you have to explain yourself,” he said. “The mystery is gone; people can find out everything about you.” It’s the age of the voyeur and the exhibitionist. “Maybe we are at a point culturally where that is part of the game,” Matt said. As the pizza disappeared and the glasses were drained, I started to wind down the interview. I promised to mention certain things in the final piece, like their waitress friend Courtney, and to keep certain other things out for the sakes of their parents. However, the conversation could have gone on. Matt and Evan are not only talented songwriters and musicians. They are bright, articulate and insightful guys. They may well end up filling that void in the local music scene, Roman Funerals’ EP Six of Us will be available Nov. 16. Celebrate a scene in need of its release with the band, The a focal point and Kelps, The Dreaded Diamond and Paper Pistols on Nov. 11 at Old a couple of really Ironsides. Roman Funerals will bright lights.

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Dad’s Kitchen The FreeBadge Serenaders, 6 p.m.

Press Club Ctuhulu Boogaloo, Secure Sounds, 9 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. G St Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Hub Desert Noises, Parlor Hawk, Doofydoo, 8 p.m.

Torch Club Hans Eberbach, 5:30 p.m.; The Dippin’ Sauce, 9 p.m.


Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Two Steps Down, Walking Spanish, Not an Airplane, 9 p.m.

11.09 Tuesday


Bisla’s Open Mic, 9 p.m. Blackwater Cafe Open Mic, 7 p.m. The Blue Lamp Kisses, 9:30 p.m. Club 916 Total Chaos, Psychosomatic, Twitch Angry, Stubenate, The 32s, Slip into Coma, 7 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Arco Arena So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m.


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The Blue Lamp Greg Laswell, The Rescues, 9 p.m.

G St Pub DJ Larry the Flower Vato, 10 p.m.

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Capitol Garage Open Jazz Session w/ SalmonJoe, 9 p.m.

Harlow’s Perpetual Drifters, The Rail Flowers, Brian Rodgers & The Third Wheels, 8:30 p.m.



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Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Jacosa Lave, Roni Yadao, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic w/ host Lare Crawley, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Keeping Score, The Stalking Distance, 9 p.m. Press Club Bastards of Young, Carpenter, Boats, 9 p.m. Sacramento State: University Ballroom Mind X, 12 p.m. Shady Lady Straight, No Chaser w/ CrookOne, 10 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Delfeayo Marsalis, 8 p.m.

11.11 thursday

Barcode Nightclub & Lounge DJ Wreck, DJ BTRIXX, 9 p.m.

Club Retro Beneath The Depths, Breaking Annadale, We Rose From Ashes, There Came A Day, One Shot Kill, Solidus, 7 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Rhythm Riders (Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline tribute), 6 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Blvd Park, 5 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Pierced From Within, Excruciator, Nuclear Wasteland, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose All On Seven, 8 p.m. G St Pub DJ Somebody, 10 p.m. Golden Bear Catch Hell w/ Shaun Slaughter, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Cold War Kids, We Barbarians, 6:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Rockstar Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Ron Reeser, DJ Slick D, DJ Dan Saenz, 9 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Hot Tar Roofers, Blvd Park, Musical Charis, 9 p.m.

Naked Lounge Downtown Live Autumn Sky, Justin Farren, Reggie Ginn, 8:30 p.m.

The Boardwalk Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, Go Radio, Artist vs. Poet, 6 p.m.

Old Ironsides Roman Funerals (EP Release), The Kelps, The Dreaded Diamond, Paper Pistols, 9 p.m.

Capitol City Hotel Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

The Park Ultra Lounge Edson Artica, DJ Ricardo Rayas

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Marilyn’s Tyrone Wells, Andrew Belle, Crown Point, 7:30 p.m.

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11.12 Ezera

Twenty Days with Julian, June Breaks Bright, At World’s End, It Starts with Alaska The Boardwalk 8 p.m. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Powerhouse Pub Whiskey Dawn, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Arnold, 9 p.m. Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; Harley White Jr. feat. Aaron King, 8 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Delfeayo Marsalis, 8 p.m. Vega’s Blues Jam, 7 p.m.

11.12 Friday

Aura DJ Crescendo, Big Al, 9:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Nibblers, Hans Eberbach (CD Release), 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Ezera, Twenty Days with Julian, June Breaks Bright, At World’s End, It Starts with Alaska, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF & Selector KDK, 10 p.m. Davis Veterans’ Memorial Center Theatre JANDEK, 8 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill South of Sunshine, Secure Sounds, The Luminous Empty, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Anthony Cavazos, Lovelorn Duo, 9 p.m. Golden Bear Crucial Fix w/ CrookOne (Decibel Devils/ Team Sleep), 10 p.m. Harlow’s Tainted Love, 10 p.m. Luigi’s Fun Garden Sea Of Bees, Nick Jaina, Grand Lake, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nikki Maoz, Juli Swann, Rich Varone, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s The Mollymawks, The Chick P’s, 8 p.m. Mix DJ Jus James, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Adrian Bourgeois, Ricky Berger, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides The Nickel Slots, Bright Faces, Kevin Seconds, 9 p.m.

Sol Collective Zuzuka Poderosa, Crush Delight, Wonway Possible, Righteous Trash, 9 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge DJs & Dancing, 9 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Trio, 5 p.m.; Gino Matteo & the Family Phunk, 9 p.m. Townhouse Fuck Fridays w/ DJs Shaun Slaughter, Jon Droll, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Delfeayo Marsalis, 8 p.m.

11.13 Saturday

The Blue Lamp West Nile Ramblers, Miss Lonely Hearts, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk In This Moment, Nonpoint, Eyes of Deception, Chernobog, 8 p.m. Bicycle Kitchen Flower Vato’s Birthday & Art Show: Buk Buk Bigups, DJ Hailey, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Pregnant, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino En Vogue, 8 p.m.

The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Trackfighter, Self Centered, In Deep, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Whitewash Station, Cerro Negro, 9 p.m. G St Pub DJ Charlie, 10 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, DJ Whores, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Neil Young’s 65th Birthday Tribute: The Silent Comedy, Musical Charis, Sal Valentino & more, 7:30 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Night Messenger, 4 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Stoneberry, The Perpetual Drifters, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s MRQ w/ Bob & Kate, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Not For Profit, Ian McGlone, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides FASCINATION: 80’s New Wave dance club, 9:30 p.m. Plea for Peace Center (Stockton) Sic Waiting, Stork, The Notalauts, The Night Shades, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Mumbo Gumbo, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Arnold, 9 p.m.

Capitol City Hotel Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

Professional (2101 Arden Way) Diseptikons, Giant Squid, Rat Damage, Walking Dead, 7 p.m.

Center for the Arts The Mother Hips Acoustic Trio, 8 p.m.

Red Hawk Casino Clean Slate, 9:30 p.m.

Club Retro 2010 Battle of the Bands Metal/Screamo Night w/ Ember Beside Us, Royals Die Young, Kriptic, End the Opression, Through the Threshold, Our Endless Obsession, 5:30 p.m.

Ruggles Warehouse Cruel Hand, Backtrack, Downpressor, Whore Monger, Alive X Well, 6 p.m.

Distillery Get Shot! (Reunion Show), Murderlicious, Jack Ketch, Kenny Beasley, 10 p.m.

Torch Club QBalls, 4 p.m.; Ron Hacker, 9 p.m.

Downtown Plaza Mall Zuhg Life Store Grand Opening w/ J Ras (of Soulifted), Attwater, Katie Jane, Chris 2Me, Dan Rau, Musical Charis, The Dirty Feet, Slyfox, Random Abiladeze, 10 a.m.

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G St Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Set Theory, Richard Driver, 9 p.m. The Radison: In the Grove Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, 7:30 p.m.

UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre UC Davis Jazz Bands, 7 p.m.


Fox & Goose Traditional Irish Jam Session, 7 p.m.

Barcode Nightclub & Lounge DJ Wreck, DJ BTRIXX, 9 p.m.

G St Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Capitol City Hotel Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

Luigi’s Fun Garden Man Your Horse, Buff Clout, Wassup Foolie, Boogie Monster, 8 p.m.

Old Ironsides Lipstick w/ DJs Shaun Slaghter, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m.

Mix DJ Billy Lane, 9 p.m.

Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Golden Cadillacs, 9 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Center for the Arts (Grass Valley) Wild Flag, Them Hills, Aaron Ross, 7 p.m.

Golden Bear Industry Night, 7 p.m.

Old Ironsides The Silent Comedy, Fierce Creatures, The Kelps, 9 p.m.

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The Boardwalk Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Killgasm, 7 p.m.

The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Puke and Spit, Machine City, Fuel the Change, Queen Alice, 6 p.m.

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Powerhouse Pub DJs Rigatony, Alazzawi, 9 p.m. Press Club Mildrid, Political Plum, 9 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Autumn Sky, 5:30 p.m.; Lew Fratis Trio, 9 p.m.

11.17 Wednesday

Bisla’s Open Mic, 9 p.m. Blackwater Cafe Open Mic, 7 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Traditional Irish Jam Session, 8 p.m. G St Pub DJ Larry the Flower Vato, 10 p.m. Harlow’s A Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective, 7:30 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Myler and Starr, Garrett Morgan, Odd Moniker, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic w/ host Lare Crawley, 8:30 p.m. Plea for Peace Center (Stockton) D.I., American Habit, Lessons In Failure, Mad Judy, 6 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Green Audio, Breva, The Left Hand, Verbatim, 9 p.m. Press Club HUMP w/ DJ Whores, 9 p.m.


Center for the Arts Acoustic Eidolon, 7:30 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Club Retro Tommy & the High Pilots, The Extremities, Serenade the Radio, Monomyth, 7 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill A Week Away, Always Ready For You, In Her Own Words, The Wad, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose Poetic Justis, 8 p.m. G St Pub DJ Somebody, 10 p.m. Golden Bear Shake & Shout w/ Shaun Slaughter, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Keller Williams, 9 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Equipto, P.W. Esquire, Tab-Doe, Z-Man, Mike Marshall, The Cuf, Big Sta The Legacy, DJ KoolKutz, 10 p.m. Marilyn’s Rockstar Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Mix DJ Ron Reeser, DJ Slick D, DJ Dan Saenz, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides The Young Vintage, 9 p.m. On The Y You Be the Rockstar Karaoke w/ Larissa, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Chris Gardner, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Arnold, 9 p.m. Torch Club Tori Sparks, 5 p.m.; Harley White Jr. feat. Aaron King, 8 p.m. University Union Ballroom, CSUS Zion I, The Hold Up, Random Abiladeze w/ ZuhG, 7:30 p.m. Vega’s Blues Jam, 7 p.m.

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G St Pub DJ Charlie, 10 p.m. Golden Bear Sweaty w/ DJ Whores, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Mary Youngblood, 7 p.m.; Hip Service, 10 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Corner Pocket, 4 p.m.


Luigi’s Fun Garden Them Hills, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Garage Jazz Architects, Blue Oak, 9 p.m.

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Old Ironsides Red Tyger Church, Dungeons & Dragqueens, Pink Snowflakes, The Blue Diamonds, 9 p.m.

Aura DJ Crescendo, Big Al, 9:30 p.m.

The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Tina T, 9 p.m.

The Boardwalk E-40, Raider Dave, Alias John Brown, Salasi, Gambizi, Who Ride, Quette Daddie, 8 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Led Zepagain, 10 p.m.


Capitol Garage Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF & Selector KDK, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Red Horse, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky, 8 p.m. Club 916 DI, Fang, Drastic Actions, Toxic Holocaust, Scowndrolls, Hybrid Creeps, Snot Cocks, 5 p.m. Crest Theatre Nam Classic (CD Release), Kaleiding Design, Aaron Devon, 7:30 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Spawn of Descension, Serpent and Seraph, Evil Plan, Ashkira, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Be Brave Bold Robot, Jack O’ the Clock, Death of the Cool, 9 p.m. Golden Bear Crucial Fix w/ CrookOne (Decibel Devils/ Team Sleep), 10 p.m. Harlow’s Na Palpalai, Ke Kaniwai, 7:30 p.m.; Reminisce:DJ DNA, Abs-One, 10 p.m. Luna’s Cafe JD Valerio, Earl Brooks, Two Step, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Adam Donald Band, Chris 2Me, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Jus James, 9 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Hope in Harmony featuring Kenny G, 8:30 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Dallas Horse Thieves, Christian Dewild Band, Honyock, 8:30 p.m.

Press Club DJ Arnold, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Weird Science, 9 p.m. Sol Collective Who Cares (CD Release), DJ Whores, 7 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge DJs & Dancing, 9 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Trio, 5 p.m.; Shane Dwight, 9 p.m. Townhouse Fuck Fridays w/ DJs Shaun Slaughter, Jon Droll, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. UC Davis Ornette Coleman, 8 p.m.

Luke’s Lounge (Dixon) New Heirlooms, Cannons and Clouds, Elders, 8:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Midlife Confidential, 9 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Camellia Symphony: The Titans, 8 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Live Sean Kilcoyne, Musical Charis, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Stout Rebellion, Island of Black and White, 9 p.m. On The Y Last Sabado Satanico, Valdur, Verlatedn, Killgasm, Knife Thru Head, Chronaexus, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Cheeseballs, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Arnold, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Weird Science, 9 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge DJs & Dancing, 9 p.m. Torch Club Johnny Guitar Knox, 5 p.m.; Delta Wires, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Jeanine De Bique, 8 p.m.

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The Boardwalk Every Time I Die, Trap Them, Howl, Summit, 8 p.m.

Capitol City Hotel Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. Center for the Arts The Mills Brothers, 8 p.m.


Barcode Nightclub & Lounge The Asylum w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, KJ Groth, DJ Darkstar, 9 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Reggae Bashment w/ DJ Wokstar!, 9:30 p.m. The Boardwalk Blood Sky, Smexy, Hoodie Legion with Madi & CiCi, 4 p.m. Community Center Theater Sacramento Opera presents Orlando, 2 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Honyock, Buffalo! Buffalo!, 6 p.m. Golden Bear Industry Night, 7 p.m. Harlow’s Dennis Kamakahi, 2 p.m.; Acoustic Eidolon, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited RetroActive Band, 3 p.m. Luigi’s Fun Garden Sister Crayon, Truckasauras, 8 p.m.     Mix DJ Billy Lane, 9 p.m. On The Y You Be the Rockstar Karaoke w/ Larissa, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Volker Strifler, 3 p.m. Press Club The Flower Vato’s Soul Party, 9 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Delta Wires, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Jeanine De Bique, 2 p.m.

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Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. G St Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Filter, Automatic Static, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Memorial Auditorium The Forgotten Carols, 7:30 p.m.

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Comedy Central Records recording Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Punchline Comedy Club w/ Tappan Trivedi, John Ross, Jason Armenio, Chazz Hawkins, Stephen Farris, hosted by Maggie Newcomb, 8 p.m. Nov. 10 & 17, Improv 1 Continuous, 7 p.m.; Harold Night, 9 p.m. Nov. 11 & 18, Improv 1 Continuous, 7 p.m.; In Your Facebook, 9 p.m. Nov. 12, Earths Best Comedy Show, 8 p.m.; The Dirty Standup Show, 10 p.m. Nov. 13, John Ross DVD Release Show, 7 p.m.; Anti Cooperation League, 9 p.m. Nov. 14 & 21, Open Mic Scramble, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Cage Match, 9 p.m. Nov. 19, Previously Secret Information w/ Joe Klocek, 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Lady Business, 8 p.m.; Anti Cooperation League, 9 p.m. Tommy T’s Tommy Davidson, Nov. 11 - 14, Thursday & Sunday, 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

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Misc. 16th and J Streets Midtown Bazaar, Saturdays, 7 a.m. Bisla’s Pub Quiz Trivia, Mondays, 7 p.m. Bistro 33 (Davis) Pub Quiz, Mondays, 9 p.m.; Poetry Night, Every 1st Wednesday, 9 p.m. Cal Expo: Miller Lite Grandstand Live Harness Racing, Fridays, 6:20 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sacramento Harvest Festival, Nov. 19 - 21 Capitol Garage Trivia & Movie Night, Mondays, 9:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Warren Miller’s Wintervention, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. & 9:30; Nov. 13, 6 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. The Guild Theatre Movies on a Big Screen presents: The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Straight to Hell, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. It’s All Yoga Free Yoga Class, Fridays, 4:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged, Thursdays, 8 p.m. Amnesty International Film Night presents: Youssou N’Dour: Bring What I Love, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. Red Lion Hotel 24th Annual West Coast Ragtime Festival, Nov. 19 - 21 Sol Collective Salsa Dance Classes, Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Townhouse Record Club Movie Night & Lounge, every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

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Words James Barone The buddy picture is a time-tested Hollywood staple. From the Lethal Weapon franchise to Tango and Cash, there’s a certain draw to watching two polar opposites thrust into an impossible situation not entirely of their own making who have to overcome not only their bizarre circumstances but the differences between them as well. Now Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianakis can add their names to the pantheon of big screen buddies. While their film Due Date may not have the bang of the aforementioned Gibson/Glover or Stallone/ Russell combos, Downey and Galifianakis provide plenty of onscreen fireworks, especially if you’re into masturbating dogs (who isn’t?). Told in a brisk 90-or-so-minutes, Due Date follows a few days in the life of Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) and Peter Highman (Downey). Highman (a great pun of a name) is a high-powered businessman with a temper to match, while Tremblay is a hopeful actor. Their paths cross in Atlanta: Highman, in town on business, is anxious to get back to Los Angeles to witness the birth of his first child; Tremblay, who traveled to Atlanta for his father’s funeral, is heading west to pursue his dream of finding fame and fortune in Hollywood. When an onplane incident puts both characters on the nofly list, Tremblay and Highman are stuck driving cross-country together. Enter wackiness. Due Date has a grocery list of cameos. Wutang Clan’s RZA plays an airport screener, Jamie Foxx appears as a big name football player and friend of Highman and Eastbound and Down’s Danny McBride is cast as an easily riled

employee of a check cashing place; but make no mistake, this is Downey and Galifianakis’ vehicle, and unlike the characters they portray, both are capable behind the wheel. Downey is always a consummate pro. His Peter Highman isn’t a likable fellow. He loses his temper often and incessantly bullies the affable, though obnoxiously quirky Tremblay. He says awful things—often unapologetically—like questioning the legitimacy of McBride’s character’s tour in Iraq. Still, Downey manages to smooth out Highman’s rough edges just enough so that he’s someone worth pulling for. In his role, Galifianakis doesn’t stray too far from his cartoon-ish persona. He smokes weed, wears a perm, treats his French bulldog Sonny like a person and walks in an effeminate manner. Still, there’s more to Tremblay than just his quirks. In a scene in a rest stop bathroom, Galifianakis does a solid job turning on the water works while lamenting the death of Tremblay’s father. It’s just enough depth, but not so much that you have to struggle with too many feelings. This isn’t new territory. It’s two guys who have no business being around one another stuck in a car, having madcap adventures as they careen across America. There are gunshots, car chases and plenty of slapstick. Sometimes there’s a reason films like this are formulaic— because it’s a formula that works. Those who are coming to see Due Date on the strength of director Todd Phillips and Galifianakis’ work in last year’s The Hangover will not be disappointed. There are plenty instances of absurd and downright vile humor to appeal to viewers on a base and visceral level. However, Due Date’s nice surprises are its few poignant moments that aren’t overly saccharine and usually broken up by a butt crack gag. Here’s hoping fans of The Hangover are one year older, and also a little bit wiser.

Issue 72 • November 8 – 22, 2010


On the Prowl

Geoff Rowley on Skateboarding…Mostly Words Blake Gillespie | photo anthony acosta

If you know anything about skating, you don’t say “who” when Geoff Rowley’s name is mentioned, nor do you casually agree to an interview with him. The proper reaction should be similar to the yells and panty tossing that boy bands typically receive… or a cavalier, but cool reply of “gnarly.” Rowley was Thrasher magazine’s Skater of the Year in 2000 and one of the few blokes lucky enough to have a trick named after him, the Rowley Darkslide, a variation of a trick created by the great Rodney Mullen. Rowley’s legendary video parts showed him going huge since 1994, back in Liverpool before he jumped the pond. Now of the old guard, he’s bringing his tour to Sacramento, tearing up B-Street Skate Park on the Flip West Coast Represent Tour. The tour features pros and amateurs of the Flip team, including Curren Caples, Andrew Langi, Lance Mountain, Luan Oliveira, David Gonzalez, Ben Nordberg, Rune Glifberg and Louie Lopez (also featured in this issue). Rowley’s name rings in the urban jungle and in the actual jungle. In fact, a hobby of his is to track big game in the wild. This juxtaposition of interests was the source of my intrigue, thus it was my first question for Mr. Rowley.


When did your fascination with wild beasts start? I probably couldn’t put an age to it, but just before my teen years my friend, who I skated with, was friends with the chief game warden up north of England. I’d been skating with that guy so much, and he’d been skating since 1972, so he was a lot older than me. But I had fun skating with him, got on a roll with him. We were into all the same skaters—shit like that. So I ended up hanging out with him outside of skating. We went up into the north country of England one time and just enjoyed it—basically stalking deer. That’s kind of where it started. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years since then. Do you have any stories of you hunting/stalking trips going awry? No. I wouldn’t say anything’s been that close. I’ve had friends who have been in some bad situations. This is about skateboarding; what’s going on here? Have you ever skated in Sacramento? What’s your favorite spot here? Hundreds of times, all over the city, even way up in Placerville. I know the area really well. John Cardiel and Omar Salazar are from out that way. I’ve skated with those guys many times. I wouldn’t say I have one favorite spot. There was this one rad car park with…barriers on the top, but they took it out. It was pretty rad and unique. A lot of the stuff downtown when I was first going to Sacramento, you can’t skate anymore. Downtown isn’t really skateable. There’s good stuff in Davis. All over the place. It’s a big suburban area with a lot of skate parks. So there’s plenty of good stuff to skate with a good scene as well.

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Do you have any plans to continue the Sorry series? We just finished the third video last year, which was Extremely Sorry. It was only kind of intended to be a trilogy. So I would say we’re moving forward now as far as any other videos we’re working on in the future. They’re going to be new and fresh. It’s important to evolve. We had fun with that and that was a chapter of our company, but it’s reinvigorating to have a new start. Change is good. Unless we’re talking about Obama, then change doesn’t appear to be that good so far. Do you want to make this a political discussion? No I don’t. Would you care to say a few kind words about Louie Lopez, since he’s joining you in Sacramento? You can’t say anything but good things about that kid. He’s rad and super progressive. The raddest thing about Louie is that he smiles. He loves it and that’s going to take him to the end of the earth. If I could have one young kid riding for Flip as an amateur, it would be Louie Lopez. He’s constantly learning new tricks and out skating all the time. He lives in Hawthorne, Calif., so he’s around a pretty good scene. There are a lot of kids that skate. A lot of kids don’t have a lot of money in that area so they’re a little more humble. He’s just around good people, down-to-earth people. It shows in his skating. There’s a guy who taught his dog to skate. Considering you’re a man fascinated with animals, what animal would you teach to skate? It would have to be a full-size, maybe 6-foot-long weasel. That’s the only thing that could go fast enough, I would say. It would be the only thing that would have the same kind of control on a skateboard. Last question. You’re at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter demands you do one trick to get into Skatepark Heaven. What do you pull? Probably turn around and go fakie.

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Flip AM team member Louie Lopez is on the up

Words Blake Gillespie above photo courtesy of RPRT Communications photo to right anthony acosta

Amateur Flip Team skater and big air-grabbing 16-year-old Louie Lopez is one rad little grom on the board. So gnarly, he and his Flip buddy Curren Caples take trick requests via text message. Sporting a regular stance, Lopez is stands under 5-feet, with a mane of black hair that trails behind him like a super hero’s cape when he is on the move. Days before Lopez’ buttery-ass 16th birthday, because there’s nothing sweet about skating, he will be tearing up B Street Skate Park with Geoff Rowley and others as the Flip West Coast Represent Tour hits Sacramento. Lopez came up in Hawthorne, Calif., honing his skills at the local skate park he fondly refers to as “The Dirty.” After being discovered by Lance Mountain of Flip Skateboarding, in a kind of creepy manner (keep reading on), Lopez signed on with the AM team. Besides being a member of the Flip team, he’s secured endorsements with Volcom Clothing, Globe Shoes, Fury Trucks and Madrid Fly Paper. The kid is bringing the ruckus, so to speak, to skating at an exceptionally young age. Two years ago he took sixth at the Dam Am in Costa Mesa and at this year’s Amsterdam Am he took second to Alec Majerus. He’s been on Fuel TV as part of its New Pollution series, Thrasher Magazine videos and has a role in Flip’s Extremely Sorry. I was struck by Lopez’s favorite music to throw on his iPod when he’s out grinding; a 16-year-old who listens to Wu-Tang Clan? Enter the Wu-tang: 36 Chambers came out a year before he was born.

What is your favorite Wu-Tang song? My favorite Wu-Tang song would have to be either “C.R.E.A.M.” or “Protect Ya Neck.” Wow, selecting two off the first album. I haven’t been listening to Wu-Tang for too long, maybe like two years or something. A lot of my friends used to listen to it. I started listening to it and I liked it. How did you get on the Flip team? It was through Lance Mountain. I used to skate with him at this skate park called Vance Park in Orange County. He called the owner [of Flip Skateboards] to go watch me skate. I didn’t even know who he was. It was really crazy, because he didn’t look like a skater. He was just watching me skate. Wherever I’d skate, he’d appear. It was just like, what’s going on? Then he asked me to join Flip. Were you creeped out by him at first? Not really creeped out. I just didn’t know what was going on. So you’re on the Flip AM team right now. What’s it going to take for you to advance to the pro squad?

To be a pro, I guess you have to keep skating, put in your work and when your sponsors think you’re ready to go pro they make the move, I guess. I’ve been skating for Flip since I was 11 or 12. I’m about to turn 16 now, on Nov. 26.

keep playing with your teeth with your tongue. At first you feel like you have the biggest lips because they flap over more on your teeth. I don’t think [my parents] are concerned, though. If it happens, it happens, I guess.

You’ve skated Steve Berra and Eric Koston’s skate park, the Berrics. What’s your favorite part of that indoor park? They have the best flat bar ever. It’s really long and circular. It’s the funnest thing there.

You were able to pull off grinds on some pretty lengthy stairs. Have you ever challenged Geoff Rowley or any of the Flip team to a stairs-off? No. I’ve never done that. They’d probably take me. They’ve tried to ollie 20 stairs and stuff. The most I’ve ollied is probably 14.

You made it into the Sorry video series. Did you ever think you’d see a claymation version of yourself? No. I would never have thought that. I was extremely happy to know about them and be in the video. I didn’t have any idea what it was going to look like. When you don’t have any idea, you’re antsy to see it and nervous because you don’t know what to expect. Being a skater and having braces, are your parents concerned about their investment in keeping your teeth straight? Actually I just got my braces [taken] off like three weeks ago. It feels weird. You

Is there a chance that when you come to Sacramento on the tour that you could lay down a buttery-ass heel flip and give a shout out to Submerge? Yeah. I’ll try to do one, but I don’t know how buttery it will be. I won’t pop high off the ground, Louie Lopez, Geoff Rowley and others from the Flip team will that’s for skate at B Street Skate Park when sure. But, the Flip West Coast Represent Tour I’ll try rolls through Sacramento on Nov. 21. The demo will get underway one.

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She was magnificent as she entered the arena. Beautiful, proud, she was surrounded by an entourage, cheered by tens of thousands of adoring fans. Flashes went off, signs were hoisted and though I didn’t see any, I’m sure there were tears of joy. It was a reception fit only for a figure who truly inspires people. In this case, it was for a horse, but her star power was undeniable. My love for horse racing dates back to the first time my father took me to Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The grounds were beautiful, the clubhouse smelled of cheap Scotch and cigar smoke and, coming from the city where the largest animal I’d ever encountered was the neighbor’s Doberman, the horses were the most awe-inspiring things I’d ever seen. My dad let me pick my own horses in the race, placing bets for me with his own money. I was always good for a few winners. Now that I bet my own money and scour racing forms to make what I feel are logical bets, I couldn’t pick a winner if my life depended on it. I still love the track, though. As sports go, horse racing is perhaps the most gratifying. The action may be brief, but it’s always exciting and rife with unexpected outcomes. Also, you probably have a few bucks on your favorite, so when that horse wins, so do you. Jockeys have their say in the outcome of a race. There have been greats over the years like Jerry Bailey or William Shoemaker, but who you really remember are the horses. Names like Seabiscuit, War Admiral and Secretariat are akin to mythic heroes of days gone by. They’re not like other athletes. Even if they lose, they can never let you down. They can’t say stupid racist shit in magazines or get caught doing blow with prostitutes. They don’t get in the headlines for raping underage girls or sit in front of Congress and lie about steroids. They just run, some better than others, and perhaps none ran better than Zenyatta. As horses go, Zenyatta started racing late in life at the ripe old age of 4. Over the past two years, no one could catch her. She compiled a record of 19–0. She even ran against the boys, some of the best in the world, and became the first mare to win the Breeders Cup Classic in 2009. She was more than 10 lengths off the lead in dead last before making her move on the final stretch. Carving through a field of the world’s finest, Zenyatta pulled off a miraculous win, galloping her way into legend.

Saturday, Nov. 6, Zenyatta found herself at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., home to the Kentucky Derby, where many a thoroughbred has transcended the label of simple racehorse and became myth. At a venerable 6 years old, this was to be her last race, win or lose, and over 70,000 people gathered to see if she could do the impossible and retire at 20–0 against a field of rugged challengers including Blame, Quality Road and Lookin at Lucky. Zenyatta entered the dirt track at Churchill Downs with her rabid fans chanting her name. And there she was, trotting like she owned the fucking place, her front legs approximating a two-step dance. It’s impossible to say if she knew what was up, but I’ve seen enough rock shows to know charisma when I see it, and that horse had it in spades. With her perfect record on the line, they put her in the gate. All the buildup was over. They were off. And once again, Zenyatta was in dead last. At one point, she was 20 lengths off the lead. She was so far back, I thought while watching the race, that she was on a different track altogether. What a letdown, I thought. So close to witnessing true greatness, just to have her not even show. Then on the final stretch, it happened. Zenyatta literally came out of nowhere, galloping in such long, fevered strides that her hooves hardly seemed to touch the ground. She flew from the outside and closed on the leader Blame as they charged toward the finish. With a scant few yards to go, the announcer, overtaken by the spectacle before him, could only chant her name in a frenzied mantra, “Zenyatta, Zenyatta, Zenyatta.” Get up there, Z, I thought. Get up there. She lost to Blame by a head in one of the most exciting finishes I’d ever seen in any sport. Mike Smith, her jockey, wrote on his blog on, “Losing on Zenyatta hurts more than I can explain, just because it was my fault. She should have won, and it hurts.” He took the blame for her loss. He said he thought he could’ve helped more and gotten her the victory. “Zenyatta is my everything,” he wrote. Maybe he’s right. He’d know better than I would. I’ve never even been on a horse. The eyes of the horseracing world were on the two of them, and the ending was bittersweet. I can say this for certain, though. Zenyatta won’t call out Smith in a press conference following the race. I hope life on the pasture is good to one of the best ever. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas





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