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Pelican The Process Jonny Craig

A Slave to the Music

White Reaper Go West, Young Men

Reggae in the Hills Get Irie at Angels Camp

jacqueline Gallagher Pretty/Grotesque Mr. P Chill

The Power of Persistence


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in Oak Park for a Taste of the Community

Martinis What You Don't

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Dive in The Stream The Optimistic Pessimist Submerge your senses Jacqueline Gallagher pelican white reaper Century got bars martini time calendar the grindhouse

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dive in What’s My Age, Again? Melissa welliver Music and arts journalism. Well, I just love ‘em. That’s probably pretty obvious since I, along with our awesome contributors, churn out a new issue every other week covering music and arts. But really, I love music, art, film and all things related, and I love learning more about them. Every issue, every feature, make me think longer and harder about why the subjects do what they do. The stories in this particular issue made me think about age and what it’s like playing music or making art in your 20s, 30s and beyond. In this issue you’ll be able to read about an amazing young and hungry band from Louisville, Kentucky, called White Reaper (page 18). They recently signed with Polyvinyl and are making their way out West on tour for the very first time. This is the type of story that makes you question, “What the heck was I doing when I turned 20?” Please note, this not-to-miss rock ‘n’ roll band will be playing June 26 in Sacramento at Witch Room. On page 14, you’ll find our interview with Chicago-based Pelican (also featured on our back cover), an atmospheric and instrumental post-metal band. In our interview you can read about when they got more popular than they expected at the age of 27 (right around when most people start to settle down), how it affected the band and how they were able to move forward and get to where they are today–having fun while making music. You can catch Pelican when they tour through Sacramento on June 16 at Midtown Barfly. Gracing our front cover is Century Got Bars. I must confess, I don’t make it out to as many shows as I’d like, because working so much has drained me (gasp–do not say I’m getting old!), but from what I know and have seen, Century Got Bars is one of my favorite local MCs out there right now. And reading our interview on page 20 made me like and respect her even more. In our feature on Bars by Josh Fernandez, you’ll be able to read about this 32-year-old’s day job, her realistic outlook on “blowing up” and what to expect from her new album, 3, coming out this month. On June 19, do not miss the chance to celebrate with her (and a crew of other talented acts) at the Press Club. Like music, art and age go hand-in-hand. The more time goes on, the more you grow, the more you get established and a possible change in style comes naturally. On page 12, read our feature on Jacqueline Gallagher and learn what it was like growing up as an artist in Hawaii and how it affected her style, as well as how social media and technology helped her career. Her beautifully grotesque paintings will be up for a month starting on Second Saturday, June 14 through July 5, at Dragatomi in Midtown. Growing up (or I should say growing older) happens to everyone, and so many changes take place–especially when you hit 30. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t get together, party, drink your faces off and act like you just turned 21. Ahem, and so the story goes… At a house party several months back, I was boozing with Travis Kavanaugh, the amazing bartender from Shady Lady, and he mentioned how so many people are clueless as to what the hell a real Martini is. I really got the vibe that this was driving the poor guy crazy. He thought it would make a good story for Submerge. I agreed, but I wanted the timing to be just right. Now with National Martini Day coming up on June 19, I sent our writer Niki Kangas to tackle the topic head on and get to the bottom of this classic drink. Check out page 22; and if you’re old enough to appreciate a good Martini, you can now order one with a little more knowledge. Enjoy issue 163, 

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The stream Local Veteran MC Mr. P Chill to Release Tenth Album, Persistence

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Sacramento MC Mr. P Chill sure knows how to churn ‘em out. The road-tested veteran is dropping his 10th album, Persistence, on Tuesday, June 3 through his own label, MPC Recording Company. He’s throwing a local album release show at Witch Room on Thursday, June 5 that will also be his 40th birthday party. “Much of the content on this new album is in regards to how it is to be a middle-aged musician,” Chill recently told Submerge. “Still trying to make a living in the music business, which is traditionally a young person’s game.” Persistence is a whopping 17 total tracks and showcases Chill’s lyrical prowess, a skill he’s honed over his 20year career, including countless coast-to-coast tours. On “Nothing to Lose,” he raps, “I’m like 40, how can I still be at it? Touring the land like I’m a microphone addict.” Speaking of touring, after Chill’s June 5 performance at Witch Room (also featuring his longtime partner DJ Mike Colossal as well as The Beatknocks, Cleen, Elephant Gerald, Max Bundles, M-Theory and J.Smo), he will hit the road in July, touring all the way to Brooklyn, New York, and back. Let’s send him off in style by showing up in force to his last local show for a while. Doors open at 8 p.m., the cover is just $5, and it’s for those 18-and-over only. Learn more at or at


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Slaves, a new Sacramento-based band formed by vocalist Jonny Craig (ex-Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa) and Alex Lyman of Hearts and Hands, is releasing their debut album, Through Art We Are All Equals, via Artery Recordings on June 24, 2014. The album, produced by Kris Crummett, is 11 tracks total and features guest vocals from Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil, Kyle Lucas, Tyler Carter of the band Issues and Jonny’s sister, Natalie Craig. Lyman wrote the record and recorded all the instruments, but he and Craig have put together a heavy-hitting, well-seasoned full band featuring drummer Tai Wright of Four Letter Lie and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, bassist Jason Mays from Of Machines, and guitarist Christopher Kim, also of Hearts and Hands. We here at Submerge have been keyed in on Slaves for a couple months now, getting early previews of the full album and updates from their management, and we’re stoked for the public to finally hear the epic rock album we’ve come to love. Slaves will play their hometown album release show on Friday, June 20 at Assembly with openers Kyle Lucas, Cemetery Sun, Wrings, Altessa, Overwatch and Imagine This. To hear some tracks off the new album and to learn more about this new group, visit, follow @slavesofficial on Twitter or hit up To snag advance tickets ($13) to their Sacramento release show, visit



Blackbird Blackbird Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes one of our favorite recurring events: THIS, a totally free and totally rad Second Saturday block party celebrating the independent spirit of Midtown Sacramento. You’ve got live music from national and local artists, a beer garden, live art, sweet local vendors and overall just great Summer vibes, all taking place on 20th Street in between J and K. Oh and did we mention each event is FREE?!? Last year, organizers of THIS brought some amazing talent through town (Yacht, Classixx and others) and this year’s lineup is just as killer (see below). THIS kicks off on Saturday, June 14 at 4 p.m. For more info, hit up We’ll see you on the block!

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The Optimistic Pessimist We have finally done it, people. One of life’s great mysteries was unlocked just a few short weeks ago and the world is abuzz with all the possibilities this fantastic discovery will bring. Jorg Massen and Kim Dusch of the University of Vienna have conferred with the God of Science and all now agree that human beings yawn to cool their overheated brains. Here you thought the purpose of yawning was to show that you were tired or bored, when, in reality, it was all of that thinking about yawning that gave you hot brain and made you yawn in the first place! I know what you are thinking: the world is full of morons whose underutilized brains cannot possibly overheat; and yet, they yawn with the best of ‘em. The answer to this riddle may very well amaze you. It sounds crazy, but apparently even stupid people use their brains! It’s not that they don’t think, it’s just that their brains get stuck thinking about stupid things like Kim and Kanye’s wedding and remembering to breathe. Smart or dumb, one thing is for sure, thanks to Global Warming and your penchant for thinking, you will be spending a lot of your

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life yawning. According to a random Google search and quick skimming of the results, the average person yawns about 20 times a day and the average yawn lasts about six seconds. That means the average person spends over a month of their life flapping their lips in the wind and dangling their uvulas for the whole world to see. Wouldn’t you like to have that month of your life back from your selfish, hot brain? Are you sick and tired of opening your mouth just to cool off your lame brain? Is your melon too stewed to cut the mustard anymore? Are your jaws wired together due to a facial injury or recent weight loss surgery? Well, I have great news! Chigger Family is here to help you! That’s right folks, Chigger Family, the makers of Face Melter® pepper spray, has just what you need to get that hamster back on the wheel again with our exciting new line of brain cooling systems. Your brain is a valuable piece of equipment. While we may have learned how to cool the brain, it’s important to remember that we don’t yet know how to replicate it or replace it with another brain, so you are

Bocephus Chigger stuck with the brain you have. That means you need to protect it. Fortunately, Chigger Family has you covered! Our line of brain coolers uses a proprietary technology we call Incidental Cranial Envelopment (ICE®) to artificially cool the brain and prevent yawning. There is no need to be hotheaded with the Chigger Family ICE® system. With such cutting-edge technology, I bet you’d expect one of these life-changing devices to cost you a fortune. We here at Chigger Family know that the brains of Americans run hotter than most. Call us patriots if you’d like, because we here at Chigger Family want to help all Americans soothe their noodles. With that in mind, we are happy to announce our first two products utilizing ICE® to hit the market. In conjunction with our promotional partner, 7-Eleven, Chigger Family is proud to bring you the ICE® Cap! The ICE® Cap is the brain cooler by the people, of the people, and for the people. Simply purchase two Slurpees at a participating 7-Eleven and you will receive a free “harness” and special crazy straw to strap the Slurpees to the sides of your head while you suck down their icey goodness. Go on! It’s OK to give yourself a brain freeze when you are sporting a Chigger

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Your Senses Words Brooke Dreyer



Outdoor Dining and a Taste of Community at GATHER Every Second Thursday

Here in Sacramento, we are truly blessed with accessible community opportunities. Consider Campus Commons, South Land Park, Midtown, Downtown, East Sacramento, various regions in Davis, Serrano in El Dorado Hills, Hollywood Park, Sierra Oaks Vista or Fair Oaks Village; the list is almost endless. Naturally as population sizes grow, the sense of community begins to decline. Unseen Heroes and The Oak Park Business Association won’t let Sacramento succumb to a lost-community despite our steady population increase. To rebel against this trend, they will be hosting GATHER, an outdoor dining event accompanied by artisanal food vendors, live music, craft beer areas, local designers and children’s areas. GATHER will take place every second Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. from June 12 to Oct. 9 at Oak Park (at Broadway and 3rd Avenue). Admission is free, so bring your friends, family, neighbors, visitors, pets and children. Long live the community of Sacramento!


Ray Molina and His Favorite Comedians Perform at Punch Line • June 11 There’s something kind of charming about awkwardness. Maybe it’s the sense of unintentional humbleness blended with those unique quirks that make awkwardness seem so attractively human. Now what do you get when you combine slight awkwardness and observant-but-far-from-offensive-humor with a $15 ticket at Punch Line? Sounds like an incredibly enjoyable night watching local comedian Ray Molina’s stand-up. Molina’s style is very distinctive, almost as if it was carefully constructed. His consistent energy mixed with his vocal inflections and deflections allow the audience to more accurately follow his storylines, which typically touch upon the hilariously frequent flaws of human nature. On June 11, Ray Molina will be performing at Punch Line along with some of his favorite comedians! Tickets for this 18-and-over show are $15 and can be purchased online at


Junior Reid, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz and More at Reggae in the Hills • June 13 - 15 Reggae in the Hills is a three-day music festival going down from June 13 to 15 at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California. No need to worry about lodging, the event features free parking and free camping to festival-goers! The accessible ticket price of $110 grants access to all three days of incredible bands such as Junior Reid and the One Blood Family, Tribal Seeds, Natty Vibes, Collie Buddz, Mystic Roots, Jet West and Sacramento locals like Arden Park Roots, J*Ras and Massive Delicious, in addition to an abundance of food and vendors. offers a ton of information on the live art, workshops, skate park, kid zones and after parties that are a part of the festival’s overall experience. The same link also guides you to the ticket purchasing page and daily lineup information. Let’s get irie in the hills!


Grab an Old White Shirt and Prepare for the Festival of Colors • June 14 Originally known as Holi, the Festival of Colors began in 7th Century India to celebrate the coming of spring and the passing of winter. Festival-goers are supplied with dry-color-solution balloons to spray onto their companions, resulting in a fun-spirited event that honors the beauty of unity, community, culture, music, friendship and, most obviously, color. The festival has spread across the world and is currently hosted in only 20 cities within the United States. Guess what, Sacramento? We are one of the four lucky cities on the West Coast to be hosting Holi this year. Go online to grab your tickets (, kids 12-and-under are free, students are $15, general admission is $20 for the June 14th event! Arrive at Gibson Ranch Park (8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta, California) at 12 p.m. dressed in all white, it allows the color to shine more easily. By the time the event ends at 5 p.m., you will look like a walking advertisement for Sacramento’s Chalk it Up. Don’t worry, though, the color “ammo” isn’t chalk; it’s plant-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly! The ticket link provided has some more information on the event if needed. Get your tickets soon and prepare to get color blasted!

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Goldie Between Viewings

Classic Medusa

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Modern Myths and Monsters

Society through the Eyes of Jacqueline Gallagher Words Nur Kausar


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acqueline Gallagher wants to be taken seriously as an artist—just don’t take her art too seriously. Gallagher sees the gorgeous and the grotesque in humanity, finds the comic relief and intricately recreates it in her oil paintings and drawings. The centerpiece for her upcoming Sacramento solo show, Satirical Saturation, is a Fiji “Octomaid”—half a woman stitched to half a floppy, twisting tentacled creature. The segments’ details—human and octopus— sag and ooze realistically in purple and fleshy pink and a sleepy monkey completes the image. “There’s a sexual element to it, too, that brings up the idea of fetishism and objectivity,” Gallagher says. “I post my work on various forums online for critique, and my favorite comment so far was on this piece. It was, ‘Pretty cool, I wish she was hotter but whatever.’” Mythological characters influence her latest collection, specifically satyrs, Medusa, other gorgons and classic demons. “The way I see it, people really haven’t changed much,” she says. “We’re still just as vain, overindulgent, self-interested, and decadent, and these characters, with their protruding horns and snakes, represent those very human traits.” The show works off some of her previous paintings and exhibits, which have included candy-colored mermaids smoking with monkeys and deathly women covered in bugs but growing unicorn horns.

Earlier influences spring from her childhood in Hawaii, where Gallagher still resides. The islands still have a place in her work, which often portrays oceanic or jungle creatures. Or her house cats. What tourists might consider inspiration, however, Gallagher considered somewhat of a chokehold. “When I first started painting, everything was very Hawaii-oriented—ocean landscapes and flowers and all that and that’s what I started out painting because that’s all I saw,” Gallagher says. “In college, I started looking at work from out of the islands and got more inspired. I don’t know, it was actually kind of limiting growing up in Hawaii.” Gallagher also worked in the commercial art business, and the kinds of customers she encountered sometimes ended up as inspiration for the flawed human condition represented in her work. Japanese art, cartoons and anime also influenced her style as a kid, leading her to experiment exaggeration with bright colors and shapes. “What’s funny is I try to make the paintings a little dark, since I’m really interested in opposition and mix something really pretty with something really grotesque and slimy, but sometimes people don’t always get the humor,” Gallagher says. “I’ve seen some horror art and this is not even close.” It’s been five years since Gallagher launched a website and started touring nationally with her work, exhibiting in San Francisco, Sacramento and Brooklyn galleries specializing in pop culture, macabre and surrealism. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

“When I first started painting, everything was very Hawaii-oriented— ocean landscapes and flowers and all that and that’s what I started out painting because that’s all I saw. In college, I started looking at work from out of the islands and got more inspired. I don’t know, it was actually kind of limiting growing up in Hawaii.” – Jacqueline Gallagher

Over that time period, the 30-year-old has gained a strong fan base, which she credits to social media and Creep Machine Magazine, an online publication currently being reworked. “I talked to this guy online, Joshua G., from Creep Machine, and he was really encouraging and he had me participate in a San Francisco show and got my website started too,” she says. “He just looked for art online and found me. That helped me jump off and get me on your coast there. It’s all social media that’s made it possible, really.” Joshua had been scouring sites likes when he stumbled upon Gallagher’s work and wanted to share and provide an interview for Creep Machine. “The first painting I saw of Jackie’s was A Well Trimmed Bush,” he says, referencing a painting of a smoking woman in a lace dress with ghostly eyes and an equally ghostlyeyed cat. “I loved the classic feel the painting had, the pose, and the attention to detail as seen in the drapery, lace, and skin tones,” Joshua says. “It’s a beautiful painting, but there is also a vibe of creepiness to it that draws you in, makes you want to see what else this artist has created.” The web designer/art supporter says artists face economic challenges today that have made it harder to live off their work, and he feels it’s partly because the public consumes art differently. “So much art is consumed digitally now, and I think people need to remember that most of the time the work of art they are looking at, and sharing on social media, exists and might even be for sale,” he says. “Owning art is seen as a luxury to many people, but it is possible and can nurture and support the artists when people do buy the work. With that said, I think that darker forms of art are gaining in popularity. There are of course darker works that tend to be too much for people to buy and hang in their houses, but Jackie has done a great job of creating ‘dark’ works of art, that are also enticing.” Joshua notes artists like Caravaggio and Francisco Goya (with his Disasters of War series), as well as Black Paintings from the

1800s as great examples of classical “dark art.” He says today’s movement takes more of a nod from pop culture trends. “When you really dig deep you see that there is some amazing and beautiful works of art that are not created simply for the sake of being dark/shocking, but are telling stories, commenting on social and cultural issues, and in many ways helping the artists that create the imagery to deal with what they see around them,” he says. Gallagher has successfully used social media and her website as storefronts for her artistic commentary, and currently lives off of her creations. “It’s a really good time to be an artist right now because of social media,” she says. “It’s a good way for them to show off their work and a platform to meet other artists. It was good timing in my life, I guess.” Gallagher says she doesn’t have much planned yet after her June 14 opening at Dragatomi in Sacramento. She has started experimenting with other media and tools as well, and Oahu residents can often get lucky with a one-of-a-kind print at a monthly flea market the artist frequents with smaller, quickly created pieces. For the last few, she’s done everything from Wes Anderson characters to hot dog and hamburger monsters. “I’ve been using watercolor and gouache a lot more lately and I’ve been kind of doing more graphic images with black ink and splashes of drippy color, so it’s less form and three-dimensionality,” she says. She’d like to experiment with sculpture but continue to paint for a living. “I like just having these solo shows sporadically but what I’d like to do is more nice quality prints and limited editions, so I’m trying to work on that.” Add Jacqueline Gallagher on Instagram,@Jackiepaintdead, to see her works in progress, her fun flea market prints and her cute kitties. Or, catch her starting June 14 through July 5 at Dragatomi, 2317 J Street.

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Making the Most of Time

Through Many Changes, The Quality of Pelican’s Music Remains Constant Words Zachary Ahern • photo Mark Dawursk


ince 2000, Pelican have planted a sturdy foothold into the soil of the independent music landscape. With sounds ranging from deep, atmospheric meditations to abrupt bursts of sonic onslaught, the mostly Chicago-based quartet have covered considerable ground since their inception and release of head turning debut EP in 2001. The dynamic and devastating track “Mammoth” reeled in listeners with its methodical, detuned open guitar riffs and bashing of crash cymbals, setting the tone for what would become a mighty career. They followed up with their debut full-length, Australiasia, which fortified their presence and quickly made them a household name—in cool households, anyway. Expanding on their early career success, the group released their second full-length, Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw. While still containing earth-shaking riffs, this record took a turn toward a more ethereal plane. “Autumn Into Summer” and “Aurora Borealis” would feature long, reverb-laden, delayed guitar segments, which provided a more ambient atmosphere, compared to that of their previous works. Meanwhile, 2007’s City of Echoes contained eight songs, all seven minutes or less; songs were becoming a bit more straightforward and chugged along like a steady locomotive train. This record defined a slight change in the group’s sound, and was also the final album put out on Hydra Head Records. In 2009, Pelican signed to Southern Lord Records and put forth their first effort, What We All Come to Need. Change and growth can be found within. At that point, Pelican had already made their mark with a signature sound of blending alluring harmony with mashing might. “The Creeper” takes you on a sonic ride of twists and turns. The swelling, distorted guitar from the introduction shifts to a glorious glide and then flares into uplifting triumph. For the band’s fifth and most recent full-length, Forever Becoming, the pace have remained steady; with new guitarist Dallas Thomas in tow, the successful formula Pelican has adhered to remains present, but less space is wasted. Submerge had the great fortune of catching up with guitarist and founding member Trevor de Brauw to discuss change, conditions and much more.


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How have the times changed since the release of your debut EP? We have gone through many changes over several phases of the band. When we released that EP, Pelican was a hobby and a side project to a band that Larry [Herweg], Laurent [Schroeder-Lebec] and I were doing called Tusk. We were writing Pelican songs on the side and then the band began to resonate with people, took on a life of its own and introduced music to us as much more than a hobby. There was a point where the band grew faster than we had anticipated and it became a professional aspiration; we were glared with the opportunity to pursue it almost like a job. Pelican became our bread and butter. Now we play purely for pleasure and for a creative pursuit, which is much more coherent. Were you constantly touring earlier in your career and have you stepped back from that in recent times? In the beginning it was very fun. We toured continuously from 2005 to 2009 for about four months out of the year; we treated it like a profession for several years and then hit a wall. The band took off for us when we were

around 27 years old, when most people are settling down. As you get older, you start to ask questions like, “What am I doing with my life?” or, “What am I going to do when this dries up?” The only way to sustain a living off of music is to spend an inordinate amount of time on the road, but none of us were really wired for it, so we stepped away. We then took stock of the band and tried to figure out a way to straddle the difference between the two periods where we knew it was more than just fun, but where it wasn’t the primary focus. We knew we had to rely on other ways to make ends meet. Has getting older had an effect on what you’re doing now? Before we didn’t have perspective on what was happening. When you’re constantly involved, it’s hard to step back and see the bigger picture. We were in a whirlwind and weren’t really aware of our surroundings or how precious everything was. Now we have a greater sense of responsibility for our music and our art that we can only approach when we have the time to do so, which is both limited and special.

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“I don’t know if we’re trendsetters. There was a natural thing that happened around 2004 or 2005 where a bunch of instrumental bands from disparate scenes caught the public notice and didn’t necessarily inspire a trend, but it raised consciousness of a style that could be pursued in the indie-sphere. Instrumental music came before us and will happen after us, but I don’t think it Do you see yourselves as trendsetters? I don’t know if we’re trendsetters. There was was or will ever be trendy.” a natural thing that happened around 2004 or – Trevor de Brauw, Pelican 2005 where a bunch of instrumental bands from disparate scenes caught the public notice and didn’t necessarily inspire a trend, but it raised consciousness of a style that could be pursued in the indie-sphere. Instrumental music came before us and will happen after us, but I don’t think it was or will ever be trendy. Fugazi didn’t sell merchandise on the road. Is this something you can even imagine? No. We have to make ends meet to justify the expense of going on tour and one of the ways we do that is by selling merchandise. I love Fugazi and their ethics. They existed at a time when they were able to make that work in a courageous and awesome manner, and I completely respect them, but it would be nearly impossible for a smaller band like us to maintain that due to financial burdens. How was the transition from Hydra Head Records to Southern Lord? It was good. Both labels are artist-run with Greg Anderson [Goatsnake] and Aaron Turner [Isis] being musicians from similar backgrounds within heavy and experimental music genres. There is a great understanding about where the artists are coming from. We felt like we’d done so much with Hydra Head and wanted to see what working with other labels felt like, so we checked out Southern Lord. With Hydra Head, we felt like we were part of a cult; so many of our friends were forged because they were label mates or tour mates, but the label was pretty free flowing and artistic. There’s less of a familial atmosphere with Southern Lord mainly due to the fact that they put out more music, but they’re more on top of the business side of things. It’s nice to be on a label that has all their t’s crossed and i’s dotted. Did you learn anything new when writing and recording Forever Becoming? For a long time we were crowding every inch of our music; we were taking up all of the space with a lot of notes. We learned how to build on what we’d done on the previous two albums by writing more progressive music, but making our music more spacious. Our newer music has less of a fatiguing feel due to the music being less crowded with notes.

Do you find it to be more unique playing abroad than in the United States? I think it’s a different experience performing in city to city everywhere. That’s part of the appeal. One of the concepts that drove City of Echoes was that even though every place is different, there is a common love of music that bonds everything together. Music is an international language. Are there any new bands or records you’re excited about? This band called Nothing that we recently played with has a new record out on Relapse that is really great. I was able to check out the new Tombs album coming out in June and it sounds good. I don’t tend to get too stoked about metal, but there are a lot of bands releasing albums this year within the genre that I’m getting excited about. Do you listen to any music that your fans might be surprised about? As of recently, I started obsessing over a Weezer song from Raditude called “Can’t Stop Partying (Polow Version).” It’s produced by Jermaine Dupri, and has a vocal verse by Lil Wayne, which is bizarre because on the surface it seems like a typical club banger, but it’s in a minor key and the intonation in Rivers Cuomo’s voice is so desperate and dark. If you think about the title, it’s not a good thing. It seems he’s referring to partying as an addiction, so he’s glamorizing this partying lifestyle, but it’s a dark hole that can’t be escaped. Pelican fans might not assume that I’d be pondering over songs produced by Jermaine Dupri, but lately I’ve been thinking about this track a lot.

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Hello, my name is: White Reaper

Rock ‘n’ roll Louisville descends upon the Witch Room Words Jacob Sprecher photo Cooper Burton


remember what it was like to be 20. I didn’t have a clue. Not a fuckin’ clue. State college, you say? An institution of higher learning…yes, yes of course. I suppose I was making strides in the right direction, but for the most part I was a capricious idiot whose only real concern was attending just enough classes to float a 2.0 GPA. As for the songs I was writing at that age? Steaming piles of hot dog shit. I’m mortified beyond belief just thinking about them. So when I look at a band like White Reaper from the rarified air of Louisville, Kentucky, barely out of their teens and writing full-flight rock ‘n’ roll punk for Polyvinyl—I’m not only impressed, but humbled. Tony Esposito plays guitar and sings. He’s one-third of White Reaper, whose take on punk rock spreads itself across the spectrum of noise pop while evoking distinct moods of the Ramones and Black Lips. The other two-thirds of White Reaper? Nick and Sam Wilkerson, who just happen to be twins. “I met those two in fifth grade,” reminisces Esposito from his home in Louisville. “We started playing together when we were 13, 14; pretty much ripped off Minor Threat and were super into hardcore punk. I [had] played drums in a Christian church band for a while [laughs]. I definitely upgraded.”


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It stands to reason that borderline pre-pubescent boys actively trying to mimic Minor Threat have at least a puncher’s chance in their musical future, and so it went. But to say that Louisville isn’t the first American city to come to mind when considering the rock ‘n’ roll landscape would be a massive understatement. In fact, call me ignorant, but up until two or so months ago when White Reaper appeared in my inbox, I’d never knowingly heard any band from Louisville, let alone one that lent itself to punk. “In terms of the scene here, it really comes and goes. Before we had started playing shows, there wasn’t a whole lot going on, a drought of sorts,” he tells. “[But] there was never a point in time where we thought we couldn’t do it. No matter what the terrain was like. It’s really all we have; all we’ve ever had. We never really thought of doing anything else.” Which is to our collective benefit. Because White Reaper’s six-song, selftitled debut has it going on, and then some. With production that’s both tinny and ballsy at the same time, “Cool” should be all a listener needs for an immediate and repetitive hook, as Esposito flits a descending howl into the gratifying simplicity of “She can’t even sleep at night!” Lather, rinse, repeat. Lather, rinse, repeat. And while the up-tempo, two-minute material is what

“As much as we love punk rock, we’re sick of the word. I mean, that’s all anyone’s ever said to us. ‘Look at these punk kids! Look at these 14-year-old punk kids, man!’ And we’re kind of trying to be a little bit more than a punk band.” – Tony Esposito, White Reaper initially leaps out of the speakers at you, a song like “Ohh (Yeah)” is evidence that the group is more than comfortable slipping into the mid, deviating from the more traditional punk panorama. Esposito explains… “As much as we love punk rock, we’re sick of the word. I mean, that’s all anyone’s ever said to us. ‘Look at these punk kids! Look at these 14-year-old punk kids, man!’ And we’re kind of trying to be a little bit more than a punk band. Because I feel like the word ‘punk’ kind of cheapens the music, in a weird way. Not that I don’t absolutely love it, but I think it’s a lazy word. We just wanna play rock ‘n’ roll. That’s the main goal here. That’s what everyone wants, however we can do it.”

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A telling amount of youthful optimism steps forth in the way Esposito makes such a statement, and at the risk of sounding nostalgic, I’ll say it’s refreshing. Because there’s a certain attitude that comes with musicians at such an age that simply can’t be replicated 10 years down the line. Words like “naiveté” and “innocence” are off-point because they’re backhanded and smack of jadedness. It makes more sense to plainly recognize that White Reaper’s forthcoming national tour will be their first trek to the West Coast. Hell, Esposito has never personally traveled west of Texas. And at the age of 20, with Polyvinyl backing your kick-ass, yet-to-be-released EP, why wouldn’t you be excited for this first official stint on the road? “The rush you get waking up on a different floor or a different couch in some dude’s house somewhere,” says Esposito with a mark of whimsy, “trying to find something to eat that’s not gonna kill you; trying to stay clean. A lot of people will say they’re afraid to tour because it’s not as glamorous as it may seem, but honestly it’s the coolest fucking thing there is, in my opinion. I’m really excited to see Denver. I’m excited to see California. I’m expecting to love it.” None of this is to say, however, that White Reaper isn’t already a seasoned live band. The material on the EP was written well over a year ago, they practice every day, and have been playing in and around their home turf with frequency since inception. Which led me to the curiosity of what hot spots might be slipping under the radar of a West Coast mind; a good portion of, if not all of the South is often skipped on your average national tour. There are of course exceptions: Athens, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville; Atlanta, etc. But for the most part the South will not make up the meat and potatoes of most circuits, to which Esposito can attest.

“It’s a very weird part of the country,” he begins in a head-scratching tone. “Louisville’s fucking weird, man; Lexington—I think it’s the second biggest city in Kentucky—is also fucking weird. There’s not really a certain demographic. There’s a lot of small groups of people that are into a bunch of different shit. [But] speaking of Athens, Georgia— Athens, Ohio. We played a couple shows there, and they go fucking nuts during Halloween. There’s like five graveyards in that city that are fabled to make a pentagram shape.” Perhaps as much as anything, White Reaper’s coming trek will benefit the trio by giving them a chance to break out of their daily routine. Having made music the A-number-1 priority in life, there seemingly isn’t a whole lot more Louisville has to offer them at this very moment. But you can bet touring the country with Young Widows under the guise of a hip label is going to offer them that much-needed change of pace and exposure. “Oh man, I hope that we see significant changes,” says Esposito. “Not that we have super shitty lives right now—we’re just bored all the time. We don’t go to school, we don’t have jobs, we don’t do shit. We just get together every day and play music real quick. My mom teaches piano to little kids, so we gotta get in here around noon and then we just go through the set as many times as we can, as fast as we can. It’s so funny—there’s such a small window of time to practice, but then we have all this free time on our hands.” I have a feeling, though, that things are indeed going to change for White Reaper. A band this good, this young, and motivated enough to make it via Louisville? They’re bound to make a push. So come to the show. Say you saw them the first time they came to California. I’ll be there. And I for one am glad that Sacramento is in on the ground floor.

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Issue 163 • June 2 – June 16, 2014




Sacramento’s Century Got Bars Concocts a Modern Throwback on Her New Release, 3 Words Josh Fernandez photo Erica Rodriguez-Bush


he freeway is a mess on the drive down Highway 99 to Elk Grove, where Century Got Bars is busy putting the last touches on her third solo album—the aptly titled, 3. On the road, trucks tailgate cars, motorcycles weave in-and-out of traffic, while a woman eating a cheeseburger flips me off for going the speed limit in the slow lane. I’m trying to be patient. I’ll find my Zen and not beat the shit out of my steering wheel in a fit of suburban road rage as the traffic slows to a dead halt. Since Century sent the majority of her album the night before, I flick on the stereo and have a listen. In an instant, my car is filled with bass, bombarded with “No Private Dancer,” a modern, speedy boogaloo that at once calms my nerves and makes me want to jump out of the car and do a backspin in the bed of the truck in front of me. Track after track, Century’s 3 offers a surprising, fun, unpredictable and eclectic mix of music, from soul to R&B to rock. The 32-year-old MC seems to have found a comfortable spot within the music industry, not by keeping to one genre, but by doing whatever the hell she wants. Often, my critique of Sacramento rap is that it’s too timid—not that it’s quiet or that it has nothing to say, but that many MCs seem to adhere tightly to conventions, stuck within the confines of gangsta rap or ’90s-style boom-bap. Sacramento rap can be predictable and mind-numbing, if you listen to enough of it. But somehow, Century’s 3 is none of those things. The album brims with honest, straight-up modern hip-hop songs with local legends—such as the track “RU Mad,” featuring Nome Nomadd and Mic Jordan—but the best part of 3 is the unmistakable ’90s vibe on tracks like “Last Laugh,” with Oakland artist Are Too belting out a hook that takes the listener right back to the days of Cross Colours and Hi-Tec boots while Century raps in a laid-back, introspective tone (like CeeLo, back when he was in Goodie Mob). There’s a lot to like on this album. There’s poetry, humor, earnestness— and best of all, there’s sprawling beauty and good, old-fashioned fun. When I wind through a few suburban neighborhoods and pull up to Brian “AlienLogik” Baptista’s home studio, “The End,” a clean, energetic track featuring Mahtie Bush, Luke Tailor and maybe the best The Doors sample in the history of rap, bangs from the speakers. By the time Century’s verse, full of well-timed and wry observations (“Quit being bitter, nigga, pick up a book or pick up a Nook”) my face is plastered with a silly grin.


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Usually when people say ‘90s, they think golden era/boom-bap, but your album is different—more SWV and TLC. I’m thinking R&B. I’m thinking also boom-bap, but then I was listening to Rage Against the Machine. I was listening to Nirvana. I was listening to Portishead and all kinds of people. Neo-soul. D’Angelo. I remember in the ’90s, you could be at a family reunion and one moment you would hear DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, but then the next moment you’re hearing Arrested Development and then the next moment you’re hearing Beastie Boys. Everything was eclectic. I’m a huge Alanis Morissette fan. I have Jagged Little Pill on rotation! But that’s probably because you’re gay. But you know what’s funny? I’m one of the real not-stereotypical gay people. I don’t hang in gay crowds and in gay clubs. I’ll go, but I like being around all people and I happen to be gay. I don’t really fall into all that. But having all that stuff played for me as a kid opened me up and it made me want to find out about other people. I just love everything different.

everything should be handed to you. If someone comes to me and says, “Man, I’ve played Midtown Marauders or I played Forget Today, Remember Tomorrow, would it be OK if we [collaborated] on something?” I’m hella not rude. How important is it to have female voices in hip-hop? Uh, critical. I want to make sure I dispel this whole thing: I remember one time somebody said “She’ll slap me if I use the word ‘femcee’ when I talk about her.” But, look, it’s not that. Of course I’m proud to be a female and also be an MC. What’s happening is women are being conditioned to think that’s dope. I see tight females that are rappers that put “femcee” next to their thing. You’re putting yourself at a disadvantage because they’re putting you in a box. I don’t want to be a femcee. I want to be an MC that if you named your favorite rappers, period, I would come up. But females making their way through hip-hop is so important because the female’s life, the struggles that we incur … I mean, God, you guys have it easy. Do you know how many doctors’ appointments we have to go to?

Is it frustrating to spend a lot of time on an album and have not a lot of people download it or buy it? It did when my head was in the wrong place. I was thinking more like, “Look at me!” like a lot of these people do. But I have this category. I have “Look at me!” and “Hardworking and fulfilled.” The “Look at me!” doesn’t do anything but give you five seconds of attention. And then when it goes away you’re mad because you don’t have the attention. Once I stopped caring “Once I stopped about what everybody thought, that’s caring about when everybody started listening.

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There’s no money in music. Why do you do it? Because fortunately my mother raised me to have a day job. I work for Corporate America. One of the things my mother told me is, “Just know that if you ever quit your job, I will never listen to any more of your songs.” And I believed her. I have a 40 hour-aweek job to bitch about. I don’t ever have to bitch about music. I do this because I love it.

What if this album blows up? Would you quit your job? I’ve been shelved. So I’ve gotten what everybody all the way to where they’re going How will this album be received? to pick up your album to give thought, that’s They’ll like the fact that it’s so you a recording contract and got when everybody eclectic. There’s something for shelved. So to me “big” would started listening.” everybody on here. Everybody can be getting someone to offer me distribution, even just in California. – Century Got Bars feel involved. There’s not a lot of sexualized songs or a lot of straight That would be a big look for me. If up profanity or making one group I could do that and not work, then feel bad about themselves. It’s just a happy album. great. Plus, I got student loans. Nobody has time for Let’s get it moving. Let’s get it dancing. advances and all that crap from the labels when I owe my whole college education. Talk about Sacramento. I want Sacramento to realize how good they have it. Did college teach you anything that you need to I’ve come here and I’ve never felt so welcomed. It’s know now? hard to go back to your own home and everybody I think the environment of college did. I don’t know just knows you as the person they went to high if the classes did. I hate to say that. Also, I went to school with. I don’t think anybody except my school for audio engineering at The Art Institute of close family and best friends [in Detroit] have Atlanta. I got to learn a lot about what good quality downloaded that album. And that’s hard. Because sound sounds like. So when I found AlienLogik, it shaped me. And I want to let them know that he knows the fundamentals of what I learned in I’m always going to claim them even if they don’t Atlanta. So I can mess with this dude and know he claim me. But like the saying goes, “A prophet isn’t will not have me out here sounding like, “Did they recognized in their own home.” But, guess what? [record] this in some shallow cave with a curtain In Sac they are! There’s a whole bunch of prophets over them?” that are recognized in their own home! And they don’t see how good they have it. People contact you all the time asking for verses when they haven’t heard your music. Do you feel the effects of sexism or That happens a lot and I’m very nice to people homophobia here? when they do that. I don’t like it when people hit In Sac? No. God, I love Sac. you up and are like, “Hey, you look dope. Can I get a track?” You didn’t even take one minute to Google my name. You didn’t even try to press play The release show for Century Got Bars’ 3 is at the Press Club on the song and you’re asking me for a track? Why do people do that? Because people don’t want to work for anything. That’s all that it is. It’s sad because there are a lot of local rappers that have this mentality and that’s what you’ll hear on the song “The End.” We’re talking about people that have this mentality that

Thursday, June 19. Doors open at 9 p.m.; Century’s set starts promptly at 10:30. Hosted by Andru Defeye and Miss Ashley w/D.J. Epik, Mic Jordan, Mahtie Bush, Luke Tailor and Petro. Tickets are free before 10:30, $5 after. CenturyGotBARS for more info.

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Issue 163 • June 2 – June 16, 2014

Famous Martini Drinkers Talk Shop “I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.” – George Burns

“Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.” – H. L. Mencken

”I had never tasted anything so cool and clean… They made me feel civilized.” – Ernest Hemingway in Farewell to Arms

Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Shady Lady’s Travis Kavanaugh Sounds Off on the Wildly Popular, yet Misunderstood, Martini In honor of the upcoming National Martini Day (June 19), Travis Kavanaugh, a well-known and talented bartender at the Shady Lady, took the time to clarify some common misconceptions about the Martini. Here’s our little Q&A that ensued…over a couple of beers.

We’re in a society where everyone is told what Tell me about Martinis and why the to do. They don’t want to think when they misconceptions about them get on your nerves. come to a bar—they want to be told. They just It started in Martinez, California, where a go to what’s on the billboard on the drive here. dude came in that had struck gold, and was So I think it’s a good idea to educate them. so excited, and wanted the bartender to make I’m not really going to yell at someone for not him a drink. So the bartender, Jerry Thomas, knowing. Just because it comes in a Martini basically the guy that started cocktails with his glass does not make it a Martini. book in the 1800s, made him a drink that was Old Tom’s Gin, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur Like the Cosmopolitan, annoyingly popularized and orange bitters. by Sex and the City, which is the dumbest And after that it kind of got adopted into show ever. a gin Martini, which is dry gin, dry vermouth, I actually thank Sex and the City, because it and occasionally a twist of citrus, or orange actually helped the whole cocktail movement. bitters… No one knows where the olive Because people saw that and wanted to start juice came from—I’m assuming the ‘80s and ordering it, and then craft bartenders started cocaine? That’s the only thing I can think of coming up with a bunch of other cocktails. And because anyone who orders that is that style that show doesn’t bother me! of person, I hate to I should never admit that. “Just because it comes say it! It’s just funny to me So I think that’s in a Martini glass does that people drink a certain where it started, I was cocktail for 15 years and have not make it a Martini.” like, “People need to no idea what’s in it. know.” Because even – Travis Kavanaugh, a vodka Martini, which Shady Lady bartender/ Why do you think they do everyone thinks that's that? what a Martini is now, Martini purist Because they don’t care. They is actually called a just want to get drunk. Kangaroo, it’s not even really a Martini. It’s a whole other thing. So I wanted to educate What’s your go-to? Mine’s an IPA and a shot people so I won’t have to yell at them anymore. of tequila. I was just going to say that! I think being Assuming people actually read this. from California, we like piney things. We And those that will are probably not the group love marijuana, we love IPAs, we love our of people I want to know! Chartreuse, we love our Frenet…herbal. And tequila—herbal. To me, that’s California. Stuff So have you ever flashed on someone for using with a robust aroma on it. the wrong terminology? No, it’s not their fault. It’s just people that Dank. drink mass-produced products, you know, Yes! It all goes hand in hand. that’s what TV says, that’s what magazines say, that’s what popular, that’s what you know.

“Happiness is… finding two olives in your Martini when you’re hungry.” – Johnny Carson

“I like to have a Martini, two at the very most… After three I’m under the table, after four, I’m under my host.” – Dorothy Parker

“He knows just how I like my Martini…full of alcohol.” – Homer Simpson

Martini Facts A vodka Martini is not really a Martini. It’s called a Kangaroo Cocktail. Just because it’s served in a Martini glass does not mean it’s a Martini— drinks like the Appletini are made of completely different ingredients, although served in the iconic glassware. A shaken Martini tastes different than a stirred Martini. It is debated that shaking a Martini “bruises” the gin, so stirring is preferred by some, although James Bond popularized the request to have it “shaken, not stirred.”

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The name “Martini” comes from Martinez, California. At the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, they serve a $10,000 Martini to fancypants rich folk, garnished with a real diamond. The Martini glass was designed during Prohibition so that when the Five-0 showed up at a party, people could quickly discard the liquid in the glass.

“If it wasn’t for the olives in his martinis he’d starve to death.” – Milton Berle

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Issue 163 • June 2 – June 16, 2014


music, comedy & misc. Calendar

June 2 – 16

6.02 Monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Cafe Colonial Burn Burn Burn, The Community, Hybrid Creeps, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Empyrean Ensemble, 7 p.m.

6.03 Tuesday

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Nice Peter, The Jackpot Golden Boys, 6:30 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist feat. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Sam I Jam, Adam J, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Rock On! Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Press Club Meatmen, KnifethruHead, Ssyndrom, 9 p.m. Shine Open Jazz Jam hosted by Jason Galbraith, 8 p.m. Torch Club Chris Zanardi, 5:30 p.m.; Lew Fratis, 9 p.m.


Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Brian Rogers, 9 p.m.

6.05 thursday

Assembly Caked Up, Oscar Wylde, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp Blues Jam, 4 p.m. The Boardwalk Local Showcase w/ Kurenai, RHFM, Judhead, Crazy Dog, The Deaf Pilots, 7 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m.

The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Johnnyswim, 8 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza Concerts in the Park w/ Dance Gavin Dance, Life in 24 Frames, City of Vain, Cemetery Sun, Pag (of Horseneck), 5 p.m. Club Car Dream and the Dreamer, 8:30 p.m. The Colony Warthog, Night Nurse, SSyndrom, Burial Dirge, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (The Beatles tribute), 7 p.m. District 30 Julian Pierce, 10 p.m.

The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.

El Dorado Saloon Snakes N Cider, 9 p.m.

District 30 Electric Luau w/ Freezy, Bphree, R3lease, 10 p.m.

Fox & Goose The Chick P’s, The Rumblers, 9 p.m.

Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m.

Fox & Goose Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks, 8 p.m.

Harlow’s Emily Kollars Band, The Jahari Sai Quartet, 5:30 p.m.; Flies in the Kitchen, 9:30 p.m.

Fremont Park Hot Lunch Concert Series Kick-off w/ Kepi Ghoulie Acoustic, 11:30 a.m. Harlow’s J.Sirus, 7 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Exquisite Corps, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Two Steps Down, 10 p.m. Press Club An Ignorant Night w/ DJ’s Travis and Rafter, 9 p.m. Shine Chikading, San Kazakgascar, Chad E. Williams, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Shelby Earl, Big Sticky Mess, Dank Ocean, 9 p.m.

Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Natsoulas Art Gallery Delbert Bump SA-ZIL Band, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides The Sloths, The Troublemakers, Drive-Thru Mystics, DJ Tim Matranga, 8 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub KISS Tribute Band, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Summer of Love, 9:30 p.m. Shine Peter Holden, The Nether Band, Tajlyn, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Plan 9 (Misfits tribute), The Strange Party, The Left Hand, Them Creatures, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Shannapalooza w/ ZuhG, Big Sticky Mess, Everett Jazz Consortium and more, 5 p.m.

The Stoney Inn Lace & Lead, 9 p.m.

Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Terry Hanck, 9 p.m.

Badlands Trapacana w/ IMF.Dred, TAMEsta, 10 p.m.

Torch Club Mind X Quartet, 5 p.m.; Hans & the Hot Mess, 9 p.m.

Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m.

Witch Room Mr. P Chill (Album Release), DJ Mike Colossal, The Beatknocks, Cleen & Elephant Gerald, Max Bundles, M-Theory, J.Smo, 8 p.m.

Witch Room Noah Clark and the Homewrecking Crew, Foxtails Brigade, 7 p.m.

Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 Caked Up, 10 p.m. Dive Bar Block Party w/ DLRN (Record Release), Stevie Nader, SOOSH*E and more, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Northern Soul!, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Old Man Markley, Water Tower, 7:30 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Peeti-V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m.

Issue 163 • June 2 – June 16, 2014

Press Club Press Release w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m.

Bar 101 EGG, 9:30 p.m. The Boardwalk D-Wreck, Noah Ford, A. Dub, Chis Henery, Lil Bit, G7, Dean Martin, Foreign Hype, 7 p.m.

Starlite Lounge Bachelors of Fine Arts, Sad True, Shoujo Kitten, The Moans, 9 p.m.



Powerhouse Pub Go National (feat. Kevin & Allyson Seconds), Bastards of Young, 50 Watt Heavy, 8 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Reformed Whores, 8 p.m. Assembly Concerts in the Park Afterparty w/ Secret Band, Sianvar, Tilian, Stolas, Our Native Tongue, 7 p.m.

Assembly Supersuckers, Dry County Drinkers, The Devils Train, 8 p.m. Back 9 Bar & Grill ZuhG, Riotmaker, Brodi Nicholas, Johnny Ray Taylor, 8 p.m. Bar 101 Hucklebucks, 9:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp N-men Summer Concert BBQ, 7 p.m.

Back 9 Bar & Grill Waisted Noise, Jet West, Heat of Damage, 8 p.m.

Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

The Boardwalk Forty Fathoms, Conflicts, Souls, Salythia, Filthpit, Decipher the Fallen, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey One Eyed Reilly, 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Kang Sung Park, 8 p.m. Cafe Colonial Seraphim, Crystal Goblet, Sleeping Weather, 8 p.m. Colony Violent Opposition, Skrunt, Jim Kelly Kung Fu Orchestra, Maxwell Atoms, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m. Clark’s Corner Sea Legs, 8 p.m. Club Car Foxtrot Mary, 9 p.m. Colonial Theatre Prince-ology: A Tribute to The Artist feat. The Bell Boys, Hero’s Last Mission, Free Screening of Purple Rain, 7 p.m. Crest Theatre Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (The Beatles Tribute), 2 & 7 p.m. District 30 DJ Luigi, 10 p.m. East Portal Park Pops in the Park feat. Chris Gardner Band, 6 p.m. El Dorado Saloon The A Train Band, 9 p.m.

Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

El Dorado Saloon Dead Man’s Hand, 9 p.m.

District 30 Dr. Freezy, B Funky & Curty McDurty, DJ TJ, McLuvin, Technofro, 10 p.m.

Harlow’s Walking Spanish (CD Release), Go By Ocean, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Jeff Watson, 3 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Kenny Frye Band, 2 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre OneRepublic, American Authors, The Script, 7 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Lonesome Locomotive, 8 p.m. Witch Room James Cavern, Stevie Jo, Made Sipes, Lake Stovall, 7 p.m.


The Blue Lamp Open Mic, 8 p.m.

Harlow’s The Tubes, 8 p.m.

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m.

KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m.

The Colony Demon Lung, Wounded Giant, Castle, Black Majick Acid, Bog Oak, 7 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Marilyn’s City Cats!, Moon Mantis, 8 p.m.

Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m.

Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m.

Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m.

Old Ironsides The Lipstick Weekender w/ DJ Shaun Slaughter & Roger Carpio, 9:30 p.m. On The Y Primer 55, Mind Furnace, Chernobog, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Take Out, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Big Bad Boogie, 10 p.m.

Fox & Goose Northern Soul!, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Ages and Ages, Musical Charis, Mac Russ, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s The California Sons, 8 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Peeti-V, 9 p.m.

Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Witch Room The Americas, Ghostnote, Der Spazm, 7 p.m.

6.10 Tuesday

Press Club DJ ESEF, Selector I-Lone, 9 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Peter Petty & His Double P Revue, 9 p.m.


Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Funktion w/ DJ Step Rock, DJ B. Vega, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Lime Cordiale, Monks of Mellenwah, Hamish Anderson, Giorgi & Leo, Self Proclaimed, Stereo Ecstasy, No Where But Up, 7 p.m.

Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Fremont Park Hot Lunch Concert Series w/ Dog Party, 11:30 a.m. Harlow’s Brown Sabbath, 7 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s King Never, Twilight Straggler, This Hiatus, 8 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Alyssa Audrey & Six Shooter Sunrise, 9 p.m.

LowBrau Le Twist feat. Ugly Bunny, Sam I Jam, Adam J, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m.

Press Club Heckarap! w/ MC Ham and DJ Gourmet, 9 p.m.

Swabbies on the River Shannapalooza w/ Island of Black & White, HANS! And the Hot Mess, Rhodes Haight Project, Element Brass Band and more, 3 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Eddie Money, 6:30 p.m. Torch Club Christian De Wilde, 5:30 p.m.; Kyle Rowland Blues Band, 9 p.m. Witch Room Wounded Lion, 8 p.m.

Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Rock On! Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Press Club LOUD w/ DJ Amp One and Andru Defeye, 9 p.m. Shine Open Jazz Jam hosted by Jason Galbraith, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge #FILTH, 9 p.m. Torch Club Bill Mylar, 5 p.m.; Debut Tuesdays w/ Black Star Safari, Sad Juicees, 9 p.m.

6.08 6.11 Witch Room Heavy Hawaii, Emotional, 7 p.m.


Back 9 Bar & Grill Korean Fire Drill, Misamore, Dimidium, Chick Habit, 8 p.m.

Broderick Roadhouse Karaoke w/ DJ Jazcat, 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Los Plebes, 5 p.m.


Badlands Trapacana w/ IMF.Dred, TAMEsta, 10 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Boardwalk HARPS, Monica Way, Eric Styles, Monica Joy, Claybourne, 7 p.m.


District 30 Jaytech, 10 p.m.

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Doug Gillard (of Nada Surf), Cocktails, 9:30 p.m.

Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m.


The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.

Shine Sicfus, The Devil and Me, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s The Cold Hard Cash Show, Glenn Symmonds, 8 p.m.


Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m.

The Blue Lamp RGB, Matmog, 8 p.m.

Starlite Lounge Devon Galley, Braden Scott, Reverberation Dance, Kiss the Sky, PointDexter, Alex Vincent Band, The Good Samaritans, 9 p.m.


Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m.

6.09 6.12

Fox & Goose Joe Getty & the Dead Flowers, Mononymous, 9 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Neil Sedaka, 7:30 p.m.

Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m.

Shine The Urban Sherpas, Dank Ocean, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Jolie Holland, Jess Williamson, 9 p.m. The Stoney Inn The Chris Gardner Band, The Cherry Road Gang, 9 p.m. Torch Club Mind X Quartet, 5 p.m.; Proxima Parada, 9 p.m.


Ace of Spades Mickey Avalon, Richard The Rockstar, Hope in Disguise, 7 p.m. Assembly Geographer, Life In 24 Frames, 6:30 p.m. Back 9 Bar & Grill The Kennedy Veil, Alterbeast, The Zenith Passage, Extirpate, 8 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Sawyer Family, Cash Cartel, Ma & God, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk Jamie’s Elsewhere, Incredible’ Me, Farewell, My Love, Lionfight, Before You Fall, Artisans, Mercedes Ave, 5:30 p.m.

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Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

The Boxing Donkey Kyle Tuttle, 9 p.m. Cafe Colonial Son of Satan (Venom tribute), Mutilacion, Blashpemous Creation, Art of Chaos, 8 p.m. Calaveras County Fairgrounds Reggae In the Hills feat. Collie Buddz, Fortunate Youth, Mystic Roots, Arden Park Roots, Braata, The Remedy and more, 3 p.m. Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Ages and Ages, Brett Shady, 7 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza Concerts in the Park w/ 7 Seconds, The Secretions, Lonely Kings, Colonel Jimmy & The Blackfish, DJ Roger Carpio, 5 p.m. Club Car Baja Boyz, 8 p.m. The Colony KnifethruHead, PMMA, Detroit, Horrendous Miscreation, No Fucks Given, 8 p.m. District 30 Urfriends, Electronic DIV, Miles Medina, Panic City, 10 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Local Band Showcase, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Fu-ku & the Deadly Venoms, Johnny Ray, 9 p.m.

Calaveras County Fairgrounds Reggae In the Hills feat. Junior Reid and The One Blood Family, Tribal Seeds, Luciano, Junior Toots, Marlon Asher, Indubious, Cas Haley, Massive Delicious and more, 3 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m.

Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m.

The Colony Keep it from the Cops (EP Release), Julie the Bruce, Herd Mindset, Hit Reset, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Second Saturday Patio Party w/ Sandy Nuyts, 1 p.m. Fox & Goose Old Cotton Dreary, The Followers of Sunshine, 9 p.m. Glenn Hall Park Pops in the Park feat. The Count, 6 p.m.

The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Shift, 10 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Spazmatics, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Clean Slate, 10 p.m. Red Lion Woodlake Hotel Eric Burdon and the Animals, 7:30 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m.

MARRS Building Block THIS: A Free Second Saturday Block Party feat. Carousel, Fronds, Cold Eskimo, The Bell Boys, DJ Roger Carpio, 4 p.m. Midtown BarFly Cosmic Family Gathering Ticket Release Party feat. CFR, Gigantis, Big Sticky Mess, Jammhead, Sean Fleming, Alyssa Lou, Mac Russ, Adrian Bellue, City of Trees Brass Band, 8 p.m.

Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub PointDexter, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Shine Lasher Keen, Medicine Moon, Those Willows, 8 p.m.

Torch Club Campfire Crooners, 5:30 p.m.; The Nibblers, 9 p.m.

Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Greg Nagy Band, 9 p.m.

West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In Abandon Theory, 7 p.m.

Witch Room Neal Morgan, Carson McWhirter, 8 p.m.

Witch Room Mount Eerie, Healing Potpourri, 8 p.m.

6.14 6.15

The Blue Lamp Record Club Presents: Radio Radio ‘80s Dance Night, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk Hit & Run, Skinmask, Madison Ave, A Mile Till Dawn, Average League, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Summer Vietnamese Concert: Nguyen Ngoc Ngan, Anh Minh, Mai Tien Dung, Nguyen Khang and more, 5 p.m.

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick), 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Swimming In Bengal, Chad Stockdale, 7:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Pelican, Tombs, Summit, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Press Club Work Your Soul, 9 p.m. Witch Room Dog Party, Kepi Ghoulie, Pets, Shoujo Kitten, 6:30 p.m.

Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Highway 12, Race to the Bottom, Adicript, 9 p.m.

Starlite Lounge Duplx, Sugar Sauce, Said the Shotgun, 9 p.m.

Back 9 Bar & Grill The Bar Fly Effect, Ghost Town Rebellion, Rebel Punk, 8 p.m.


Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Eric Burdon, 7:30 p.m.

Shine The Soul Shine Band, Hair of the Dawg, Herb & Hanson, 8 p.m.


6.16 The Blue Lamp The Murder She Wrote, Engraved, Grave Shadow, Origin Alive, 8 p.m.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Salt-N-Pepa, 6:30 p.m.

Assembly King Buzzo (of the Melvins), Field, 8 p.m.

Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.

Harlow’s Global Guitar Greats: Thomas Leeb, Stephen Inglis, Shawn Jones, 5:30 p.m.; Prezident Brown and the I Sound Band, Rivah Jordan, DJ Vision AKA Zen Ken, 10 p.m.

Marilyn’s Jukebox Johnny, 8 p.m.

Old Ironsides William Mylar 5 p.m.; Razorblade Mona Lisa, The Common Men, Black Market Sunday, 9 p.m.

Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m.

Club Car Red Radio Rock, 9 p.m.

Harlow’s Hillstomp, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, West Nile Ramblers, 8 p.m.

Off Center Stage Ages and Ages, Brett Shady, 8 p.m.

Midtown BarFly Hail the Sun, My Iron Lung, Idlehands, City Cop, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Laurie Morvan, 3 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m.

Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m.

Harlow’s Average White Band, 8 p.m.

Cesar Chavez Plaza Fiest En La Calle feat. Tierra, Innersoul, 5 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m.

Marilyn’s Lovedrive, 8 p.m.

El Dorado Saloon Evyn Charles, 9 p.m.


The Blue Lamp Scratch Outs, The Long Shots, DJ ESEF, Selector I-Lone, 8 p.m.

Comedy Laughs Unlimited Open Mic Comedy hosted by Anthony K, June 3, 8 p.m. Laughs for Lane Comedy Night feat. Regina Givens, E Clark, DJ Sandhu, Lance Woods, Cheryl “the Soccer Mom,” Stephen Furey, Tristan Johnson, Andrei Bailey, June 4, 7 p.m.

Gag Order, Thursday’s, 8 p.m. Improv Jam, Thursday’s, 9 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturday’s, 9 p.m. Test Kitchen, Saturday’s, 10:30 p.m. Tommy T’s Michael Mancini, June 5 - 8, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 & 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Sheryl Underwood, June 13 - 14, Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m., 9:45 p.m. & 11:45 p.m.

2020 J Street Midtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8 a.m. Blue Cue Bar Bingo, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

Broadway & 3rd Avenue GATHER: Oak Park, June 12, 5 p.m. Capitol Mall Greens Sacramento Pride Festival 2014, June 14, 11 a.m. Crocker Art Museum ArtMix/Pride: Body Waves of Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, Short Films by The Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Live Music, Local Drag Divas and more, June 12, 5 p.m. “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts, through Sept. 1 Delta Boat Storage Cajun & Blues Festival, June 14 - 15, 10 a.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesday’s, 7 p.m. Gibson Ranch Regional Park Hughes Stadium Sacramento Republic FC vs. Arizona UNited SC, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, every Thursday, 8 p.m.

Midtown BarFly Salsa Lessons, every Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Punchline Comedy Club Sacramento Comedy Showcase, June 4, 8 p.m.

Pine Cove Trivia Night, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

JHP Showcase, June 12, 8 p.m. Josh Blue, Brendan Lynch, Paco Romane, June 13 - 14, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.





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Freddie Rainbow Presents: My Hero, Ray Molina, June 11, 8 p.m.


The Blue Lamp Naughty Trivia!, every Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s The Darling Clementines: Bohemian Burlesque Review, June 2, 8 p.m.

Calaveras County Fairgrounds Reggae In the Hills feat. Prezident Brown, Mike Love, Animo, Kila Kali, Dub Gideon, A La Lune, 3 p.m.




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Lance Woods and Friends, June 8, 7 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Gordon Teams: Improv Performers, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

Little Relics Boutique & Galleria Artist Reception for Kim Scott & Rob-O, June 12, 6 p.m.; 2nd Sat Reception, June 14, 6 p.m.

Cache Creek Casino Live Band Karaoke, 5 p.m.

Crest Theatre Benise, 6 p.m.

Harold Night Long Form Improv Comedy, Wednesday’s, 8 p.m.

Tyler Boeh, DJ Sandhu, June 6 - 8, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Funny On Film Comedy Night feat. Stephanie Garcia, Carlos Rodriguez, Mark G, June 11, 7 p.m.

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Blackout Comedy feat. Cameron O’Bannon, Tre Watts, Jabari Davis, Charles Allen, hosted by Kiry Shabazz, June 5, 8 p.m.

Dean Delray & Nick Youssef, June 5 - 7, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

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Color Festival, June 14, 11 a.m.

Broderick Roadhouse Karaoke w/ DJ Jazcat, 9 p.m.

Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m.

Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic, Sunday’s and Monday’s, 7:30 p.m.

Press Club Flex Your Head Trivia, Tuesday’s, 8 p.m. Red Lion Woodlake Hotel & Conference Center Sacramento VegFest 2014: Lectures and Book Signings by Mariel Hemingway, Dr. Doug Lisle from Forks Over Knives, Champion Vegan Bodybuilder Ed Bauer, Chef Brooke Preston and more, June 7, 10:30 a.m. Verge Center for the Arts Champagne Opening Reception, June 5, 6 p.m. William Land Park Doggy Dash, June 7, 8 a.m.











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The grindhouse

Love, death, poop jokes A Million Ways to Die in the West Rated R • If you’re a Family Guy, American Dad or The Cleveland Show fan, then the A Million Ways to Die in the West trailer has probably caught your eye. I mean, almost everything Seth MacFarlane touches turns to gold, right? Almost everything. Pan to Arizona 1882. We are in the West, where everything sucks. People die from any and everything: diseases, bar fights, snake bites, freak accidents. It’s an every-man-for-himself kind of world—the kind of world where you have to fight for your life. Literally, you have to fight for your life. Enter Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane), a hopeless nobody who makes his living as an unsuccessful shepherd (like, really unsuccessful… his sheep end up on the roof. Don’t ask how that’s possible). He is challenged to a duel to settle a debt he owes; but because he is such a coward, he backs out and loses his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried), in the process. The movie basically follows him as he tries to mend a broken heart (broken hearts are terrible, even in 1882) and make meaning of his sad and pathetic life, all while showing that there are a million ways to die in the West. Surprisingly, there were a lot of graphic death jokes (well, maybe not surprising, since Family Guy and American Dad can get pretty gruesome… still, I wasn’t expecting it); of course there were lots of poop jokes, as well as your basic slapstick comedy. There’s a star-studded cast in this one (imagine the entire cast of Ted with extra people), complete with Charlize Theron as the local bandit’s wife, Anna (the local bandit is Liam Neeson); Sarah Silverman as the town whore, Ruth; Giovanni Ribisi as Ruth’s boyfriend, Edward (think weird dancing guy from Ted); and Neil Patrick Harris as Albert’s nemesis, Foy. There are also special guest appearances by Gilbert Gottfried, Ryan Reynolds (duh), Christopher Lloyd and Jamie Foxx. I was really rooting for this movie. I mean,


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I love Seth MacFarlane and I thought Ted was amazing. Also, there was a great cast in this movie. Sarah Silverman was in it! Let’s just let that sink into your brains. Yet, despite the great cast, the movie was just lackluster. There were funny parts; I did chuckle a bit. But the jokes seemed forced and it was pretty much the same joke over and over again: people die in the West because it’s 1882, here are all the different ways people can die, and for good measure, here are some poop jokes and drug references. I guess it was pretty much just one long Family Guy episode except that it wasn’t that funny. It wasn’t terrible; it just wasn’t the greatest. It was all right. And in the end (in classic love story fashion), you learn that love conquers all and you have to fight for the dream that’s a wish your heart makes. I haven’t completely given up on Seth MacFarlane; I’m still (not so) patiently waiting for a second Ted movie and a Family Guy movie and I will still watch all of his shows religiously. He just kind of missed the mark with this one. But, that’s OK because you can’t win ‘em all, right? All in all, I probably wouldn’t recommend this movie but, if you’re a Seth MacFarlane fan like me then you’ll probably end up seeing it anyway. And let me just note (especially to the movie patrons who were sitting behind me): DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS MOVIE. If you have a child and you are planning on seeing this movie, then hire a babysitter and have yourself an adults night out. This movie is graphic (like, a surprising-amount-of-blood type graphic), is literally full of cussing, contains some vagina jokes and has some drug references. I repeat, it is not kid friendly (also, it’s kind of really annoying when a 5-year-old talks through a whole movie), and all of the jokes are just going to go over your child’s head anyway. Plus, they probably shouldn’t be seeing (and hearing) all of the graphicness of the movie. Their minds are impressionable, or whatever.

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Who Do You Love? YG, DJ Mustard

Ace of Spades, Sacramento • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Words Fabian Garcia • Photos phill mamula

If the name YG doesn’t perfectly ring a bell and summon the image of a tall, skinny completely-tatted-from-the-torso-up MC from Compton, California, I don’t really blame you. Unless you’re a regular hip-hop head or a longtime fan, it probably just sounds like another rapper confusable with other big names in the game—Tyga, Ty Dolla Sign, Yo Gotti, etc.—who might have had a club song you heard at one time which somehow became your go-to banger on your iPod one summer. In case you need a refresher, YG is the “Toot It and Boot It” guy, but boy has he come a long way since then. Whether you’ve realized it or not, YG the Young Gangsta has been putting out hits ever since his fame skyrocketed back in 2010. Most recently, he’s been getting a lot of airplay from his two newer singles “My Nigga” and “Who Do You Love?” off of his first studio album My Krazy Life, released March 18 of this year. Following the release of the album, the Compton native has been on the road for his nationwide My Krazy Life Tour, having stopped by the capital city this past Tuesday, May 20, to pay his Sacramento fans a visit. Ace of Spades hosted two shows for Mr. G, both of which sold out long before the day of. Fans showed up by the hundreds (or should I say hunnids?) to see the West Coast icon perform. I attended the second show that night, and I’m happy to say the experience—or at least YG’s set—was about the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a while. It all started as I turned onto R Street

at around 6:30 p.m. and noticed an already long line forming across the street from Ace of Spades, slowly creeping its way over to 14th. By 6:45 p.m., the crowd from the first show was escorted out and security steadily ushered in the newcomers in waves. Soon enough, everyone had flocked inside and gotten themselves settled, with people starting to squirm left and right in the sardine-like packed room. It wasn’t until about 8 p.m.—an hour after the show was scheduled to start—that the first of five openers took the stage and officially kicked things off. With none of the openers being formally announced ahead of time, it seemed like they were just some unknowns filling in slots until DJ Mustard— YG’s beat partner in crime—could make an entrance and really spark some excitement. Mustard shuffled through his playlist that featured songs such as Tyga’s “Rack City,” French Montana’s “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” and Kendrick Lamar’s “M.A.A.d City,” at which point his goons came out and unloaded on the audience with Super Soakers. The crowd absolutely loved the gesture, desperately needing a boost from having to wait through so many uninspired opening acts. After the water gun hijinx, a set piece was unveiled onstage resembling the facade of a suburban-looking house straight out of a hood in Compton—tagged up and all. As the lights came down, the music for YG’s opening track “BPT” started to

play. Everybody’s camera was raised high in anticipation ready to record, until finally YG stormed the stage through the house’s front door barking the lines, “Nigga I’m from BPT!” as everyone chanted with him and cheered. The tone for the show was pretty much set after that. YG rifled through his set with a medley of songs from the album including, “I Just Wanna Party,” “Bicken Back Being Bool,” “Bompton” and “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin),” not once losing an ounce of energy along the way. He even touched on some older material from his mixtapes with songs like “B I T C H,” “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” “You Broke” and, of course, his hits “Up” and “Toot It and Boot It,” getting the entire room to dance and sing along. Though his set was mostly wired with up-tempo dance beats, YG also had some surprisingly slower moments with songs such as “1AM,” “Me and My Bitch,” and a very intimate performance of “Sorry Momma.” These songs were a nice change of pace in the rotation, and very much appreciated by the crowd while they clapped out some of the beats and listened closely as he went a cappella a few times. But in true YG fashion, the Young Gangsta couldn’t stay quiet for too long. Some of the show’s most notable moments were when he was at his most hyped: calling girls on stage, heading down into the front row, getting two girls to flash him and perhaps best of all, taking an Instagram picture with us as a final send-off. YG finished his set with his two hottest singles, starting with “My Nigga” and closing with his verse from “Who Do You Love?” The echo of the crowd reciting that final verse with him could still be heard ringing even after everyone made their way out of Ace of Spades’ doors.



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Amidst all the posts admonishing me for enjoying myself on Memorial Day when so many of our brave men and women in the military have sacrificed so much, and the many arguments back and forth over why yet another senseless shooting tragedy meant we should or shouldn’t do something about guns (we should), something eerily positive showed up in my Facebook feed: a YouTube video called “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways.” I watched it because inserting the word “Freakin’” into any phrase makes me chortle and giggle like a 10-year-old who just heard someone fart. I thought it must be some kind of joke, at first, like that video I saw that claimed the hover-board (as seen in Back to the Future 2) had actually been invented. Finding out that video was just a good-natured and wellfunded prank BROKE MY FREAKIN’ HEART. I was surprised while I was watching the video that solar roadways, or at least the idea of them, was a very real thing. As the video stated its case for this possible technology of the future, I found myself squirming in my seat. You see, I thought it was a great idea, and that’s why an eerie feeling started to settle in. I don’t trust good ideas. When someone presents me with a good idea, no matter how alluring, I begin to get very uncomfortable, because that asshole fucking cynic who resides inside of me just keeps poking at me saying, “You know this is bullshit, right? There’s got to be a catch.” Unfortunately, that piece of shit jerk inside my head has usually proved to be right. Sure, good ideas are great. I’ve even had one or two of them during the course of my lifetime. On those rare occasions that I’ve had a good idea, I usually find it’s a better idea not to follow through with it. Ideas are pure and wonderful and unsullied by stupid things like logistics and reality. Once you try to make them into an actual thing, that’s when they turn to shit. You have to make compromises. You have to, you know, get your ass up off the couch. In my experience, having to do either pretty much sucks.

Part of me very much wants Solar Roadways to be a thing, though. Solar Roadways, started by Idaho couple Julie and Scott Brusaw, started gaining attention in 2010. Scott, an electrical engineer, has received two rounds of funding from the Federal Highway Administration, and it’s not difficult to see why. Solar Roadways would replace all those miles of asphalt just baking in the sun with solar road panels that would soak up those rays and convert them into electricity. With all the parking lots, Interstates, highways and driveways in this country, it’s almost unfathomable to think of the amount of clean energy that many solar panels could create. They would create safer roads, too, according to the Brusaws. Powered roadways would melt snow and ice, reducing or eliminated the need for salt or sand that damages cars and asphalt roads, and would also filter storm water. LED microprocessors in the panels would allow for greater communication with drivers, i.e. displaying messages as per changing road conditions ahead or even if large animals are crossing the road (you’ll never flatten Bambi’s mom again). Most importantly to me, though, everything would just look awesome. Gone would be boring, colorless asphalt and in its place would be millions upon millions of colorful display surfaces. It’d be like the Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and pretty much all of Tokyo became the ground beneath your feet. You’d be walking/driving/biking on the fucking future. Unlike the flying car, Solar Roadways seems like it would improve your commute and life as we know it on the planet. I mean, seriously, that asshole in front of you can barely drive a car that’s bound by the laws of gravity; do you really want him flying around all over the place? Lots of people agree that Solar Roadways would be neato. An Indiegogo campaign started by the Brusaws has raised more than $1.7 million at press time and will run until June 20. That’s a lot of money, but probably not enough to pay for more than a couple of driveways’ worth of these things. You see, it’s a good idea. But the cost of installing this stuff is certainly going to be astronomical, and then think of the years and years of construction and road closures that it’ll take to make the change from asphalt to the roads of the future. It takes most cities months to fill in a pothole. I’d really like to see this happen. I’ve seen a lot of technology happen already in my lifetime, but most of it has been bullshit like iPads and smart phones and they don’t really do anything to make society better. I don’t care how sweet those FaceTime commercials are. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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