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PACIFIC RIM the shallow end All content is property of Submerge and may not be reproduced without permission. Submerge is both owned and published by Submerge Media. All opinions expressed throughout Submerge are those of the author and do not necessarily mean we all share those opinions. Feel free to take a copy or two for free, but please don’t remove our papers or throw them away. Submerge welcomes letters of all kinds, whether they are full of love or hate. We want to know what is on your mind, so feel free to contact us via snail mail at 2308 J Street, Suite F Sacramento, Calif. 95816. Or you can e-mail us at back Cover Photo of DOGFOOD by Eric Hill

dive in Love it, live it, be it. Melissa welliver What do a local DJ, a band named Dogfood, a band named YACHT and the owner of a specialty market have in common? If you spent five seconds looking at one of our covers, you probably discovered that, for starters, they all are featured in this issue. But more importantly, by reading all of these features, you will find that they are all very passionate people. Passion, and in general just loving what you do, will make the city, the state, the country the world you live in a better place. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out, but how often do you really stop and think about it? Briefly, let me tell you a little about why they are passionate, in hopes that you take the time to read the well-crafted words that are in this issue. DJ Epik, who is on our front cover, in years past had an encounter with the usual day-to-day grind (that 9-to-5 stuff) that many know so well: money, stability and benefits. But being true to himself, he decided to go back to what he knows and loves: DJing. He’s managed to do impressive things like produce tracks for some heavy hitters in the hip-hop world, establish a couple residencies at the Golden Bear and now Capitol Garage and most recently he’s collaborated with local MC Chase Moore and has a new album, On the Clock, scheduled to be released Aug. 27. Trust me, read up on this guy starting on page 14 and maybe you’ll be inspired to follow your artistic dream. If not, I don’t blame you; health insurance and paid vacations sound nice too. (What are those things again?) In 2008, Matthew Harris and Skyler Michael of the band Dogfood moved from Sarasota, Fla., all the way to Sacramento and ended up teaming up with J.T. Reed. It wasn’t for a job, school or some other reason like to be closer to family, but instead it was to push themselves to be better musicians and be a better band in an environment more suited to a band of their style. Moving close to three thousand miles for the love of rock? Now that’s passion. When you hear the band Dogfood, it’s clearly worked for them. To me, they definitely stand out in Sacramento as a group of talented and skilled musicians that still know how to have fun. These passionate guys are releasing their second full-length album, Blink of an Eye, and will be headlining Ace of Spades on Aug. 2. Check out their mad skills, along with their handpicked lineup of locals, but first get the dish on this band starting on page 18. YACHT, who are first and foremost a band comprised of prime members Jona Bechtolt and Clair L. Evans, have lived every where from Portland, Ore., to Marfa, Texas, to Los Angeles. Beyond being a band, they are passionate about art, science and mysticism. Having such an array of interests, it’s clear to see how they can be inspired and have multiple outlets of creativity. Starting on page 20, read our interview with Bechtolt and Evans as they discuss their latest collaboration with a comedian, DJing opposed to playing as a live band, and how science and mysticism play into their lives. YACHT is coming to Sacramento to perform a free show in front of the MARRS building on Aug. 10 for THIS Midtown. While not about music, but nonetheless passionate, our informative feature on Melanie Weir and her Gluten Free Specialty Market will make you re-think the term “gluten free.” Celebrating its five-year milestone just this past week, the store sure has grown in its square footage and in the number of items it carries. She even has plans to eventually incorporate a glutenfree kitchen in the upcoming years. For a small business, hitting five years and still continuing to grow is impossible without an extremely passionate owner behind it. (Trust me, I know.) So a major congrats are in order for our fellow J Street business! In our feature, learn about gluten and what it can do if you have celiac disease. Also, inform yourself on what Weir says about contaminated foods and packaging in factories. Flip to page 12 to get down on this interesting read. Hats off to the people who live and breathe creativity and passion for a living, you inspire me. And you know what, fuck it, hats off to the people who live stable, routine lives as well because I’m sure you are passionate about stuff too! Hopefully, at least in my dream world, everyone is passionate about reading and learning and having fun. If that’s you, pick up Submerge up every other week and dive in! Enjoy issue #141, Melissa-Dubs

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We’ve written about Sacramento MC Kahali Oden many times over the years, but it’s probably tough to tell with all the name changes he’s gone through. First it was Doey Rock, then Mean Doe Green, now it’s Kahali Oden. This new one is his most “real” name yet, though. Literally, it’s his birth name. Regardless of what he’s currently going by, Kahali Oden is dope, easily one of the most underrated MCs on the West Coast. The dude’s been killing it for years! His next album, It Ain’t My Fault, is nearing its release, so Oden will have a celebratory show at Harlow’s on Friday, Aug. 2, with C-Plus, Riz, The Free Agents and DJ Rock Bottom. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m., 21-and-over only. According to his Facebook page, which is currently still, Oden says that It Ain’t My Fault will be 10 tracks with zero features. He also wrote, “I think this new album is the best album I’ve ever done.” You can hear a couple tracks off the new album online now on various sites: kahalioden and on, for example. Our favorite so far is the title track, where Oden raps about his problems and constant struggles with alcoholism. The cover of the album features a photo of Oden when he was a baby, his dad handing him a beer. “People are tripping off my album cover and saying I am promoting giving kids alcohol,” Oden took to his Facebook page again. “I am doing the opposite actually. I speak on my fight with alcohol abuse a lot on this album. One day I hope to be sober. The pic is of me, it’s not made up it’s my father giving me beer at eight months old. No its [sic] not cool but thats why I named the album It Ain’t My Fault!” In the following two months, Oden plans to release two more full-length albums, Planet Rocked and Gold Plates. Follow him at for up-to-date info and links to hear/download tracks.

To completely change gears, let’s talk burgers. Specifically, how excited we are for the second annual Sacramento Burger Battle, going down on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Raley Field. Last year’s event was one of the highlights of our summer! About 1,000 people descended onto the infield at Raley Field and tasted burgers from top area restaurants/chefs, voting for who they thought was the best. Rocklin’s The Chef’s Table took home the highly coveted championship belt, voted on by a panel of expert judges; the People’s Choice Award went to local food truck favorite Krush Burger. This year’s Burger Battle will be even bigger, better and tastier. The participating restaurants are: Relish Burger Bar, de Vere’s Irish Pub, Bacon and Butter, Ten22, Roxy Restaurant and Bar, Capitol Garage, Papa Dale’s Drivin’ Diner, Formoli’s Bistro, The Eatery, Broderick Restaurant and Bar, Willie’s Burger, Hawks Restaurant and Ettore’s—and, of course, last year’s winners, The Chef’s Table and Krush Burger, have been invited back to defend their titles. Talk about tough competition—those are hands-down some of the best places in town to get your burger on! Tickets for the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle can be purchased now at for $55 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Lucky for you, we’re hooking up Submerge readers with discounted tickets. Just use the offer code “Submerge” when you purchase online. All proceeds are donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America charity. A burger cook-off for charity? Trust us, you will leave both fat and happy.

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Legendary Sacramento-based hardcore/punk band 7Seconds have released “My Aim is You,” their first new song in eight years, via their new label Rise Records. The song is classic 7Seconds material: raw yet catchy, fast and heavy, with vocal chants but still nice and melodic, thanks to lead singer Kevin Seconds’ nasally approach. Basically it sounds nothing like most of the bands on Rise Records, who are known more for their screamo/Warped Tour style artists. When Rise posted a promo video for “My Aim Is You” on their YouTube page, within 24 hours there were more than 7,000 views and more than 150 comments, many of them from complaining youngsters who have no idea that 7Seconds is one of the originators of the hardcore/punk sound. One YouTube user with the handle Alexis Mistery commented, “It’s just a generic song. This band sounds just like every other punk rock band.” Other users, like TheAusei and Dekesy AU, simply wrote, “Shit,” or “Bad.” There are plenty of other hilarious hate-filled comments, too. Clearly they just don’t get it. Some users tried to can the naysayers, like Chaoticfirearm, who wrote, “Welcome to ‘80s hardcore punk you fucking losers.” Another fan, Taylor TragedyAnhorn wrote, “These guys coined the term hardcore. Learn your roots!” Rise Records even decided to chime in, posting, “This sounds like 7Seconds. Melodic, fast, honest and earnest hardcore. Some of these comments, wow, I’d be embarrassed if I were you.” Members of 7Seconds took notice of all the lame comments from whiney scene kids too, and took to their Facebook wall (, posting a long, super witty rant about releasing the new song through Rise. “We don’t expect (nor do we trust), people who find brilliance in auto-tuning every last vocal part and love music so heavily tampered with and processed, it sounds like it’s coming out of a computer’s asshole,” they said. “You don’t have to like or respect my band but when you show your ignorance and narrow state of mind by not having even the most vague understanding of the lineage between say, the Sex Pistols and what your crappy bands are attempting to do now, you’re just lazy and you cannot be taken seriously.” The whole rant is really good and worth the read. So what, 7Seconds doesn’t sound like Of Mice and Men or Sleeping With Sirens or whatever other cookie-cutter/trend-following “hardcore” bands are out there nowadays, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 7Seconds are some of the OGs of hardcore and we are excited that they’ve got a new 7-inch coming out on Oct. 1, 2013.

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Sunrise Mall is likely not attending a concert there; maybe seeing a movie, yes, or getting some shopping done, but not live music. That all might change once you see one of their great shows this summer as part of their Sunrise at Night Concert Series. Located in the Sunrise Mall parking lot (bear with us here), this 2,500-seat stadium offers an alternative to other larger venues located in the area like Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Thunder Valley Casino, etc. It’s conveniently located in the center of the region and offers plenty of free parking, something almost completely unheard of at larger venues nowadays. The series kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 10 with four of the world’s top saxophone players touring together for the first time on the Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour. Other series highlights include the Sail Rock Tour on Saturday, Aug. 24 featuring Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robert Dupree and Player, and an ultimate rock night on Saturday, Sept. 7 with Randy Bachman and Fred Turner (musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive) along with Blue Oyster Cult. Tickets for all shows range in price from $38.50 and up depending upon the show and where you want to sit. To see the entire summer lineup and purchase tickets, visit


Ribs on the River • Aug. 3 Carnivores rejoice and gather ‘round, for on Saturday, Aug. 3, there will be an event of epic proportions: Ribs on the River! At this scrumptious party, happening at Rio Ramaza Marina and Event Center, top barbecue cooks from the region will compete for honors, prizes and bragging rights. We don’t need to tell you to bring your appetite (but we would like to suggest that you bring lawn chairs), because you’d be a fool to go to an event like this with anything other than an empty stomach. Besides, it’s up to you rib eaters to decide which cook will reign supreme, so you’re going to want to try them all. The event will run from noon until 8 p.m., admission is just $10 (kids are free) and there will be live music from Greg Scudder and The Beer:30 Band, The Keri Carr Band and The Brodie Stewart Band. Come for the ribs, stay for the live music. Life is good!


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Twilight Paddle on Lake Natoma • Aug. 7 If you’re looking for a fun mid-week pick-me-up, think about joining California Canoe and Kayak for their relaxing and beautiful sunset/twilight paddle on Lake Natoma on Wednesday, Aug. 7 (also happening again on Wednesday, Sept. 4). Leave the stress of work and the hustle bustle of the city behind as you glide along the mellow lake, all while watching the stars come out. No previous experience is necessary and it’s only $29 per person for their guides to outfit you with all the necessary gear and provide instructions on basic technique. Or, if you’ve got your own kayak, join the group paddle for just $10. Visit or call them at (916) 851-3600 for more information or to make your reservations. They hit the water at 6 p.m. sharp, so get there early. The minimum age is 14, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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Two Thousand Maniacs!

Sacramento’s infamous late-night film festival, Trash Film Orgy, has officially returned for its 13th year! It all goes down on Saturdays at midnight now through Aug. 17 at the historic Crest Theatre, where TFO not only plays killer films like Shaun of the Dead and Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!, but also hosts entertaining live stage shows encouraging audience participation. There are also games, costume contests, prizes and tons of other weird, awesome stuff. There are four weeks of TFO left, so don’t miss out! July 27 see Sean S. Cunningham’s original 1980 slashfest, Friday the 13th ; Aug. 3 is The Road Warrior, an Australian post-apocalyptic action flick from 1981; on Aug. 10 see Escape From New York, a 1981 science fiction action movie set in the future (1997, hah!) from influential filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China and others); and finally, on Aug. 17, celebrate Trash Film Orgy’s 100th show with a double header featuring H.G. Lewis’ classics Two Thousand Maniacs! and Blood Feast. All seats are $10, and only those 18-and-over are allowed in. If you wear a costume, you’ll save yourself a buck while gaining countless street-cred points. For those of drinking age, the Trash Lounge does serve beer and wine, so you can feel free to get a little loose. Doors open at 11 p.m. and the screenings start at midnight. For more information, visit

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The Optimistic Pessimist You Had Me At Naked Bocephus Chigger Discovery Channel has almost gone full butthole on its competitors in the survival TV business. Its new show, Naked and Afraid, takes the survival game to new heights. Each week, two strangers, one man and one woman, are left to survive in some remote location for 21 days. Did I mention the participants are butt-ass naked? That’s right, these Adams and Eves of reality TV are left with a couple of video cameras, a cartoonish treasure map and literally the skin on their backs. To help them on their quest (and possibly pander to hippies), each is also given a hemp bag to carry one other item of their choosing. It must be difficult to decide what you want to bring on your super-fun, three-week, naked vacation. Is it gonna be your cell phone or a hatchet? I’ve seen three episodes so far and two couples took the smart route and brought a flint and some sort of cutting tool. For the third couple, the woman brought a machete, but the dude brought swim goggles. Swim goggles to help him survive naked in Panama for three weeks. Swim goggles. If I were his partner, I would have taken that machete and killed this man for food as soon as he pulled out those damn goggles. These people couldn’t get a fire started for like a week and to top it all off, this idiot turned out to be afraid of hunting in the ocean, so the goggles were worthless. Swim Goggles and his girl found out the hard way that extreme environments and nudity are not always a good pair when they were nearly eaten alive by sand flies during their week without fire. An extremely white ex-marine on the first episode sunburned his junk while he was swimming to shore for the start of the show and spent the next five days laying in the makeshift shelter, just airing out his nuts, while homegirl shimmied up coconut trees naked to keep them alive. Nature is really against you when you’re naked. In these extreme environments you are already dealing with rain, heat, potential snake/bug/monkey/alligator bites, poisonous plants, coral, rocks and trees. Throw in nudity and now you’ve increased the potential for mud butt in all its iterations, and that doesn’t help anybody. This could be the reason that the lack of clothing doesn’t seem to last too long on the show. It turns out you can do a lot of creative things with leaves. If these naked jaybirds aren’t covering up for protection, then perhaps it’s modesty or discomfort toward their fellow companion on the


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trip. Remember, these people meet each other for the first time in their birthday suits in the middle of the jungle without the aid of alcohol or drugs. That’s got to make for an odd relationship. The nudity alone would make things weird, but besides being just naked, the participants on the show are also abnormal. Normal people do not decide to abandon their clothing and stay on a deserted island for three weeks without supplies. Normal people do not include “loner” as a character trait, as one participant did on his bio. While rebuilding a shelter that had nearly burned down around him the night before, the loner said to his partner, “These are the days I’m glad I have no parents, no wife and no kids, because if I die, no one gives a shit about me.” Comforting words when your survival may very well depend on that very person. The Discovery Channel claims to assess each contestant beforehand and only chooses “experienced survivalists.” Discovery’s definition of “experienced” seems to be pretty loose, as some participants regularly practice their survival skills, while others just seem to like camping. Goggles was afraid of pretty much every animal he encountered and refused to eat “gross things” like sea urchins to survive. He eventually confessed to his partner that he had done a lot of fancy book learning, but hadn’t had many opportunities to put his knowledge to work before then. While on the show, one woman had such awful period cramps that she laid huddled on the beach for two days. During the ordeal, she mentioned that the month before, her cramps were so bad that she passed out. Why have the very white marine swim up to the beach without sunscreen for his balls? You would think Discovery would be screening for shit like that, but I guess they got more important things going on, like a Backyard Oil marathon. I think that’s what makes Naked and Afraid so great. No one involved in the making of the show, from the producers to the naked participants, seems to realize what a bad idea this is even after they are ass-deep in fire ants. For example, a producer for the show nearly lost his foot to a snake bite while scouting for a location in Costa Rica just weeks before filming. The contestants for that week’s show were given the option of backing out, but instead chose to go to the very spot where the producer was bit. It’s television with reckless abandon and I just can’t look away.

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Words Steph Rodriguez | photos mike ibe With the fast-paced foot and vehicle traffic constantly buzzing down J Street and an estimated 5,000 Sacramentans with Celiac disease, it’s no surprise that the Gluten Free Specialty Market just celebrated their five-year anniversary. But the store caters not only to those seeking gluten-free foods, according to co-owner Melanie Weir. “Our goal is to help provide you with the things that make you thrive,” says Weir. “We cater to all kinds of allergens, all kinds of specialty diets, modifications— anything that people need, we look at.” The store began as a Web-only idea, operating out of a small rented room in a neurology clinic. According to Weir, many who were seeking gluten-free nourishment out of desperation would stop by, inquiring if she was in fact a fully operating grocery store. At the time, she was not. But in five years, Gluten Free Specialty grew from carrying fewer than 60 items to packing over 9,000 options into the 1700-squarefoot space at their current location (2612 J Street).

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Prior to opening Gluten Free, Weir, who is severely allergic to gluten and has followed a gluten-free diet for the last 12 years, noticed that gluten-free items in everyday grocery stores were scarce to nonexistent; either expired and dusty, or buried and forgotten about under the more mainstream foods. But what made her situation even worse was when hunger struck, gluten-free choices were stored next to foods and areas containing gluten, ultimately making her already limited options contaminated and inedible. “There wasn’t access to quality foods. Foods weren’t being taken care of properly,” says Weir. “You’d have to dust off the gluten-free products to actually see how long it had been sitting on the shelf. Everything was stale or crushed up and you were lucky if you even got it.” Weir now enjoys operating a store where people who seek quality and safe food options can turn. “It only takes one bread crumb with someone with celiac disease to go

into an auto-immune reaction for up to six months,” says Weir. “It’s a really serious thing. It’s not like, ‘I’m not going to eat gluten because it’s a fad.’ With celiac disease, you have two pairs of sympathetic nervous systems that turn on; and the systems, as they activate, can create all kinds of things like cancer and inflammation. Basically, all things that eventually lead to death and degeneration of the body.” Knowing the logistics of gluten and the potential harm it can cause to those allergic is something naturopathic doctor Dennis Godby specializes in. Godby’s practice operates out of Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center, which happens to be neighbor to the market, only a few doors down. The goal of his establishment is to care for all patients with natural remedies including herbal, vitamin and mineral treatments. “Wheat has 50 percent more gluten than it did 30 years ago. Gluten is a very serious thing,” says Godby. “[Eating a

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gluten-free diet] is a trend, but it’s not a fad. It’s a trend because people are finding out the truth. Most people aren’t doing it for fashion; people are doing it to see if they feel better if they take gluten out of their diet. Part of the reason Gluten Free Specialty Market has gotten so popular is because people want to have options. Because for some people, [gluten] is like a toxin, literally like a poison.” Gluten is found in the protein of wheat, rye and barley and is also crosscontaminated in most oats. According to Weir, the safety of oats is still a questionable thing for those with celiac disease. She adds that just about any packaged food on the market from 10 years ago to date contains gluten. “Basically, not just pasta, bread and rice, but if it’s made in a factory and that flour dust is in the air, anything that’s made in that factory has gluten in it,” says Weir. “It could be in green beans, it could be in your peanut butter. There are so many elements.” Registered dietitian Jo Miller explains there are close to 5,000 people in Sacramento with celiac disease, a condition where the body attacks gluten as a foreign invader. For those living with the disease, a gluten-free diet is the only way to ensure good health.

“Having a resource like the Gluten Free Specialty Market is an asset for the daily challenge of meal planning,” she says. Eventually, Weir’s goal is to incorporate a gluten-free kitchen, which she projects will happen over the next several years. In addition, she’d like to expand the store’s square footage for more storage, office space and room for extra gluten-free goodies. And don’t fret, if the store doesn’t carry an item, just ask Weir or one of the staff on shift. Not only will they will take note, but also look into ordering it. “Basically we started with a notebook and 60 products. When people walked into the store we wrote down what they asked for. To this day, we keep track of what people want,” she says. “This really is the heart of the community store,” she continues. “The products here are the icing on the cake and allow for a little more excitement. It’s fun to bring in something new, like a blood orange olive oil or a lemon butter; because when you have multiple allergies, a lot of times you lose that creativity in the kitchen. This store is really designed to maintain creativity for people who have food allergies.”

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Back on the Clock DJ Epik returns to hip-hop after life as an adult Words Josh Fernandez


J Epik, born Dustin Worswick, picks the spot where we sit down to talk: a Starbucks in what used to be Florin Mall, the once-bustling hangout for urban teens of the ’90s. The mall, now just a maze of vomit-colored cellphone stores and a Gamestop, is a good reminder of how a shady developer can suck every ounce of soul from a once-vibrant town square. Of course it would be dumb to expect the physical landscape of Sacramento to remain untarnished over a 14-year span, just as it would be dumb to expect our favorite era of hip-hop to remain golden. After all, since that era, DJ Epik’s rap group Verbatum fizzled out, clubs have shut down and—with increasingly fickle fans and even fussier venue owners—the Sacramento music scene is as frustrating as ever. So it’s hard to blame Epik for choosing the workforce in 2005 (including a plush, full-time job in 2008 checking fire extinguishers for local businesses) instead of the poverty-inducing hip-hop lifestyle, known for petty backstabbing and financial disappointment. “[DJing] just got really stressful,” Epik said of the strangely paced Sacramento music scene. “I decided to go back to the full-time job route. You get older and you start making grown man money and you get comfortable. I hate to say, but I pushed music to the side for a while.”

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Everything seemed fine, for a while at least: routine, money, stability—and perhaps best of all, suburban comfort. But comfort, it turns out, can be a man’s most aggressive enemy. Epik was caught slipping on the job, cutting a few corners. “In 2011, I ended up getting fired,” he said. “It was right when the economy was at its worst…and it was kind of like a kick in the ass.” Sure, Epik could have searched for another full-time job, but something stopped him. For an artist, to deprive yourself of your art is to slice off your favorite body part and set it in a glass jar above your fireplace. It’s only a matter of time until you break the glass and sew your appendage back where it belongs. Epik broke the glass. And now the DJ, who’s already built an impressive resume by producing tracks for Mos Def, Mac Dre, Brotha Lynch Hung, Living Legends, etc., is back behind the decks, hosting two full-time residencies: Feel Good Saturdays at Capitol Garage and Golden Era Music at Golden Bear, and playing as many one-off nights as he can.

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“I was used to waking up at 7 in the morning,” he says of his “grown man money” schedule. “Now, of course, being a DJ, there’s no such thing as the weekend. You’re out till 2, or 3 in the morning.” Late nights, pushy club-goers, lack of health insurance and constant promotion are all pitfalls of the job; but for now, Epik wouldn’t change it for the world. Along with DJing, Epik is still trying to keep involved in the hip-hop production world, his latest effort being On the Clock, a project with Chase Moore, an MC known for both sharp production and ferocious battle raps. Epik’s production for On the Clock is clean and crisp and sounds like a perfect hybrid of California G-funk and East Coast backpack, while Moore’s raps remain boisterous and clever. The end result is a stunning project, mindblowing in its visionary take on tradition. “It fits in with what’s new but it also has the classic hip-hop vibe that’s kind of missing from a lot of music right now,” Epik said. “I’d say the classic hip-hop vibe with today’s spin on it.” A lot of the new vibe comes from Moore’s deft lyricism and modern ear for perfection. According to Moore, On the Clock is just now coming to fruition

because of their combined patience and willingness to confront the tedious details of production. “Over the last year, year-and-a-half, we’d accumulated a good handful of songs,” Moore said. “I’m glad we didn’t rush it though because in these last few months we’ve gone through the album a million times and put a lot of post production on it…live instruments, beat breakdowns, sound effects, scratches, the whole works.” Moore has a deep respect for Epik’s production and work ethic. “He can find the smallest chop and build a whole beat around it,” Moore said. “He can also make basslines that he plays on the pads of his MPC sound like a real bass player.” The basslines, the chops, the soulful samples, the 808s and the precise cuts and scratches are all wildly reminiscent of the ’90s, a time many people argue was hip-hop’s heyday. But, again, a lot has changed since the ’90s—the crowds, the venues and, of course, the music; so for Epik, adaptation is key. “One thing coming back into the scene you notice how different it is,” he

“One thing coming back into the scene you notice how different it is. Styles of music that are popular now and the different genres. And just how music has changed as a whole. And how the scene is less vibrant but more flooded with artists. Now everybody raps. Everybody has a studio. It’s totally watered down.” –DJ Epik said. “Styles of music that are popular now and the different genres. And just how music has changed as a whole. And how the scene is less vibrant but more flooded with artists. Now everybody raps. Everybody has a studio. It’s totally watered down.” Then there’s the Internet. Since his return, Epik’s been involved in some contentious, legendary online battles with local DJs; he’s had his beats stolen by other producers and he’s sold beats to dozens of rappers who never had the decency to release them. “It’s frustrating,” he says, trying to

keep in mind that the lows of artistry are still better than the highs of drudgery. Just as our interview gets going in the soulless skeleton of Florin Mall, a drunk old man slides up to our table. He wears the confident, mischievous look of a hustler. “Can I get a light?” he asks. “I’m not trying to run up on y’all.” The man talks so loudly that passersby turn their heads. With no warning, he starts to sing a funky, oldschool R&B ballad: “You need to suck in your gut/ you need to tuck in your butt/ don’t you eat no more of that barbec-ueue…” After a little digging, it turns out the man is Donnie Ray Woodruff, a prolific musician with an impressive, funky back catalog, and here he is, singing his lungs out under a Starbucks umbrella in the mazed parking lot of a stucco retail hell. Perhaps Woodruff is a gentle reminder: that even in the most mundane of landscapes, true soul Catch DJ Epik every Saturday at Feel Good has a way Saturdays at Capitol of showing Garage and every second and fourth Thursday at up at the Golden Era Music at Golden perfect time. Bear. On the Clock will be released August 27.

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Dogfood look toward the release of their latest album and beyond Words Zach Ahern • photo Eric Hill


ogfood bassist Matthew Harris began doing what countless 15-year-olds set out to do: buy an instrument, practice for hours and start a band with friends with the dream of being the next big thing. After playing in a few bands in his hometown of Sarasota, Fla., Harris met Skyler Michael, who admits to having an interest in singing but felt the need to learn an instrument in order to be taken more seriously. Michael quickly picked up a guitar and eagerly set out to start a punk-influenced group. The two began Dogfood as somewhat of a fun experiment where they’d spend hours in rehearsal spaces spitting raps or angst-ridden tunes into Pro Tools with backing synth drum tracks. After a few years of getting songs together, Dogfood began playing some shows in their hometown. However, the group soon realized that the cozy, conservative confines of Sarasota were becoming too restrictive. There were strict city codes and limited (if any) venues would allow their brand of music. So Harris and Michael decided to make the bold move of relocating to California in 2008 with every intention of taking their music to the next level, and soon recruited drummer J.T. Reed. Though an early punk sound can be heard on their debut, Alabama Voodoo, their upcoming sophomore release, Blink of an Eye, is more in the vein of several California-based bands such as The Offspring, Sublime or Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dogfood’s influences surely bleed through in their sound, but in no way can be considered a carbon copy of any of their idols. Pay no mind to the silly name—Dogfood take their music very seriously, as do their fans and peers. Dogfood will be releasing Blink of an Eye at Ace of Spades on Friday, Aug. 2. In the following interview, Submerge had the pleasure of discussing the past, present and future of the spirited and savvy group.


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How did you start this band? Matthew Harris: We got our start in Sarasota, Fla., near Tampa. My parents bought me a bass guitar for my 15th birthday. I started playing with some friends for about a year and then met Skyler in high school. Skyler Michael: They had a band going and I wanted to be in it, but didn’t play any instruments so they wouldn’t let me join. I bought a guitar, learned fast and got good at it and they let me join. We started playing small shows in our hometown but were essentially living in a conservative retirement community. There wasn’t a single venue in town that would allow loud music. Where did your band name come from? SM: When we started we were 15 years old, playing punk music and not taking ourselves too seriously. Our conversations would always shift to wondering, what’s the stupidest band name you can think of? We originally chose the name, but when we started getting some recognition, it was too late to go back. We didn’t want to sound too epic or be the “The” band. The only problem with the name is if you were to do an Internet search for our band, but combining it to one word makes us easier to find. We’ve actually had multiple dogs sing along at our practices.

whereas our first record Alabama Voodoo was very live and raw. MH: Sean Stack from Fat Cat Recording Studio produced the new record and was actually trained by Alex Hartig, who worked on production for our first album. Sean has really honed his craft, worked really hard and brought out our true sound. Our writing style has changed from education and experience, but we wanted to put a little of everything we have to offer on this record. No two songs are alike.


Where do you draw inspiration from with your lyrics? SM: Songs just come to me out of thin air. It could be something as foolish as a quote from a movie that I’ll save to my iPhone or lyrics will be built like a puzzle based on random occurrences. I haven’t taken pen to paper in a few years now. Ideas for me are like little bits of pieces here and there that I’ll glue together like a magazine collage. Sometimes I’ll write autobiographical pieces, other times I’ll write from an outside perspective in the shoes of another person.

Now that your album is completed and soon to be released, do you have plans to tour? SM: We’ve been really focused in the past year of getting this album out. The thought is always that you’ll get your album complete and released within a couple months, but it seems to take the better How did you decide on the move to California? part of a year without fail. Now that the record SM: We knew we had to move out of Sarasota if we will be out, we do have plans to tour, but want to were going to continue playing music. California initially keep within the confines of California. There has a lot more to offer for music; more venues are so many supportive bands and rabid fans in and big cities up and down the coast. There’s also cities up and down the state more competition, which allows “Our writing style that can keep us busy. Plus, you to test yourself as a band. we have so much love for the has changed from Sacramento has the small pond local scene. Ace of Spades and thing going on. If you’re halfway education and Harlow’s are the better venues decent with talent, you can get experience, but we in town for us, but we always a show. wanted to put a little have so much fun playing MH: Sacramento is pretty of everything we at the Press Club and feel at centrally located on the West home there. Coast. Plus, we have a van with a have to offer on this record. No two songs trailer, so we’re able to go down Will you be doing anything to San Francisco and Los Angeles are alike.” special for your CD release or up to Portland and Seattle no – Matthew Harris show at Ace of Spades? problem. Growing up, we were MH: The bands alone will make it special. A very influenced by California bands like Sublime, great mix of artists from several different genres Red Hot Chili Peppers and Incubus. represented at this show. We got to hand-pick the lineup consisting of Element of Soul, Humble Wolf, What did you do to get established in the The Three Way and an acoustic set by James Cavern. Sacramento area? SM: We’re printing out nearly 1,000 CDs of our new MH: We recruited J.T. on drums to complete our album to give out for free to every person who band. He’s very open to experimenting with new buys a ticket, so that should be incentive enough beats and coming up with ideas that outshine what to attend this show. We’ll also be playing Blink we’d envisioned for a particular song. He had to of an Eye from start to finish as well as mixing in come in and add his flair to several pre-existing some of our favorites. There is also a possibility songs. His drum beats accent the vocals very well; that members of some of the other acts performing he keeps in the pocket and his background as a might join us on stage. jazz drummer shines through quite often. SM: We played our first show at It’s a Grind What can fans expect from Dogfood in the future? coffeehouse. But we really got our start at the MH: The plan is to promote the album with shows Powerhouse Pub in Folsom. Andy Hawk took a up and down the West Coast. Also, keep pumping liking to us and gave us opportunities to play. At out songs that we like and maybe release an EP the time, there were good walkup crowds because of new ideas we’ve been working on along with it was free to get in. Later on, he booked us for keeping the love here in Sacramento. Concerts in the Park events and helped us with SM: We’re going to keep growing as musicians and getting on the 98 Rock radio station. focus on making better and better music while having fun and being You will be releasing your second full-length creative. There’s nothing album, Blink of an Eye, on Aug. 2. What can Don’t miss Dogfood’s Blink of an Eye release party at else I can physically do. listeners expect? Ace of Spades Friday, Aug. We have immersed and SM: Blink of an Eye has a more expanded sound. 2. Lineup includes Element invested so much into This time around we experimented with vocal of Soul, Humble Wolf, The this that there’s no way harmonies, added extra rhythm guitar tracks and Three Way & James Cavern. Tickets for the all-ages we could stop now. spent more time crafting our songs; definitely show are $10. Doors open had more fun making it sound the best we could,

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here are the PJ Harveys, the Laurie Andersons and the Yoko Onos of Generation Y? For every CocoRosie out there, there are infinitely more bands that keep their music exceedingly tame. In an age where it seems experimental and outspoken musicians are in decline, the Los Angeles-based conceptual electro-pop group YACHT continues to thrive in the realm of oddity and nonconformity. Sometimes they wear white leotards, sometimes they make music videos with anthropomorphized Smiangles (the band’s triangular “totem”) cavorting about extraterrestrials and sometimes they sing lyrics like, “The Earth the Earth the Earth is on fire, we don’t have no daughter, let the motherfucker burn.” They continue to make some people uncomfortable. As far as leading members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans are concerned, that is just fine. They realize that their music is not for everyone. They will also tell you that YACHT is more than a band. YACHT, aka Young Americans Challenging High Technology, is also a belief system and business that the two hold dear. Simply put, it is an extension of Bechtolt and Evans in every sense. In a state of perpetual collaboration on anything from writing books to DJing, blogging, making music, videos and perfume, YACHT is the banner under which the couple releases any creative output. “We’re always working on a million things at once, we always have our hands in different pots, if you will,” Bechtolt says. As far as YACHT the band goes, additional members include Bobby Birdman and Jeffrey Jerusalem. YACHT is playing Sacramento’s THIS Midtown in August, which, in case you haven’t heard, is 100 percent free. This is the band’s first official show in Sacramento in at least four years (they did make an appearance for a children’s show at the Memorial Auditorium with Yo Gabba Gabba in 2011). YACHT has released five full-length albums and two EPs to date, the last four of which were released by DFA records (other DFA artists include LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and The Rapture). Shangri-La, their last full-length (released in 2011), was well-received. Clothing manufacturers Freeze CMI liked their single “Shangri-La” so much they ripped the song’s lyrics and smacked them on a T-shirt for corporate entities like Kohl’s and Macy’s to sell, until the band intervened. With the exception of “Shangri-La,” a sweet pop tribute to Los Angeles, the band’s lyrics


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are not usually something you would expect to find on a Kohl’s T-shirt. If their futuristic music videos, sound and lyrics don’t make it obvious, Bechtolt and Evans have a penchant for science and mysticism. Evans has been a science journalist for the last 10 years, writing for publications such as National Geographic and Motherboard. Most recently she connected with Grantland, where she now maintains a science fiction column. Meanwhile, Bechtolt formed YACHT initially as a solo venture in 2002, with the intent to incorporate technology into his performances and music. A musician and performer since his teens, he is known as a former member of the bands The Badger King and The Blow. Both Evans and Bechtolt grew up in Portland, but also consider L.A. and Marfa, Texas their homes. The two credit Marfa, famous for its “ghost lights,” with changing their outlook on the world, and serving as a crucial source of their musical inspiration—hence the name of their 2009 album See Mystery Lights. When I spoke to the Bechtolt and Evans over the phone, they were at their home on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park (one of L.A.’s most picturesque locations). The playful frontman and frontwoman were still giddy about the link they had posted online hours before for their new mixtape featuring Eric Andre—as in Eric Andre from the Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim. Dr. MDMA, M.D. is a brilliantly titled compilation of 13 songs peppered with random drops of Andre making proclamations like, “Get your medical marijuana card,” or “Legalize steroids.” The mix was made in a week. Andre, whom they just met days before, sent Bechtolt sound files he recorded on his phone, and Bechtolt cut them up and inserted them in. It’s one helluva danceable mix, including Mutsumi Kanamori’s single “Look Down At Your Feet Below” and Bill Wyman’s “Si, Si Je Suis un Rock Star.” It was Evans’ and Bechtolt’s first time collaborating with a comedian, and now there is no turning back. In addition to writing their next album (expected to release early next year), YACHT plans to collaborate with more comedians, and is developing a TV comedy show with Amazon about the life of an opening band. “So we’re in bed with comedy,” Evans says. Stay tuned. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Do you think you will [collaborate with a comedian] again? Jona Bechtolt: For sure. Claire Evans: There’s a growing connection between comedy and music subculture. I think comedians and musicians have a lot in common in terms of the lifestyle that they have. They experience the same kinds of tragedies, and when a comic’s show goes horribly it’s the same as when no one comes to see your band, you know? So does [the next album] require any trips to Marfa? JB: We’re actually going somewhere weirder than Marfa. We’re going to the gulf shores of Alabama to film this video. And that’s all we’ll say about it for now because it has to be a surprise and a secret. Claire, I read your piece on Grantland (“Staying Ride-or-Die for Sci-Fi in a Game of Thrones World”); I was curious how that came about, I know the Game of Thrones season ended, but were there other reasons for writing that now? CE: I wanted to write a science fiction column because that’s something I care about deeply, and kind of wanted to come out guns blazing. I’ve gotten so much criticism for that article but also so much respect, because the fantasy versus science fiction battle is ancient, and violent and real, and I just wanted to position myself as someone who cares deeply about science fiction to the exclusion of other things, and probably to the exclusion of my own educational benefit. I am myopically interested in it. Jona, do you guys share your feelings on a lot of these subjects? JB: Usually, yes, we do. If you’re asking if I hate fantasy, the answer is yes, I do. How do you like [DJing]? I’m curious about the DJing experience versus playing the live shows. JB: At first [DJing] was really terrifying, I hated DJing at first… With playing shows I don’t feel like I have to make anyone happy… At first I thought we really had to please people [as DJs]. I get stressed out pretty easily. CE: But when you’re DJing you’re just there and it’s just you and the music that you like. JB: And it’s really fun to introduce people to lots of tracks they’ve never heard before and play songs that we are really in love with, and see other people fall in love with them and watch them have a physical reaction immediately. That’s really cool. And just getting the chance to spend time with people in a different way is fun, too. Playing shows is an elaborate affair for us. Photo by Alin Dragulin

I really like how you guys have your music but then you have your approach with science and mysticism and all that. Could you describe the overlap a little bit? CE: Jona and I both grew up in sort of similar DIY and punk rock communities in the Northwest, and so part of our DNA has always been that what you believe and what you do are inseparable entities, that you manifest your beliefs by the way you live your life and the kind of art you make, and the way you share that art with other people. In the DIY community that’s always the way it is. We’re kind of kooks, and we have a range of metaphysical and philosophical views about life, and we can’t separate that from the output because that’s what we’re thinking about, that’s what we’re talking about, and so what we make is always going to have elements of that in it. It’s not necessarily that we’re trying to be dogmatic or we’re trying to lay our philosophy on the line and tell people they have to believe what we believe in order to enjoy our music, it’s just difficult to create a distinction, especially since were creative collaborators that live under the same roof. YACHT is our life. It’s all that we do. It’s all we think about. JB: It’s not a unique thing that bands and artists have feelings and thoughts and positions on everything. A lot of the time it’s not specifically an outward thing, people aren’t jumping at the chance to say what they believe. And I think that comes from a fear of alienating fans, so we’re fearless in that regard [laughs]. CE: This is something we talk about a lot, is the idea that, I feel like a lot of people in our generation and younger who are making art and sharing it on the Internet, [have] a fear of identifying too strongly with any kind of belief or position. I feel like a lot of people are hiding behind delay and atmosphere and style, and making really cool music but not being sort of balls-out weirdos. The people that we admire the most, like the PJ Harveys and the Laurie Andersons and the Yoko Onos, those are people that cannot separate themselves from their work, and who have crazy ideas and put those ideas in the forefront. There’s a lot of hiding, and I don’t want to hide. I’d rather be criticized for having weird point of views rather than not sharing that point of view with anybody.

“It’s not necessarily that we’re trying to be dogmatic or we’re trying to lay our philosophy on the line and tell people they have to believe what we believe in order to enjoy our music, it’s just difficult to create a distinction, especially since were creative collaborators that live under the same roof. YACHT is our life. It’s all that we do. It’s all we think about.” – Claire L. Evans, YACHT



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Assembly The Fixx, 9 p.m. Ace of Spades Black Flag, Good For You, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m.


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Torch Club Hans Eberbach, 5:30 p.m.; TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, 9 p.m.

7.24 Wednesday

The Boardwalk Suburban Legends, Rebel Radio, Let’s Go Slow, The Auxiliary, Lonely Avenue, Juliet Company, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s Showcase Monday’s, 8 p.m.

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

MontBleu Resort Casino Nit Grit, Kraddy, 10 p.m.

Colonial Theatre Flytraps For Supper, Final Decay, The Marble Faun, Daniel Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Satan Wriders, Supermuff, Creepy Little Eggs, 9 p.m. Sleep Train Arena American Idol Live! feat. Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley, Aubrey Cleland, 6:30 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

7.23 Tuesday

The Boardwalk Johnny Winter, Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers, The Kyle Rowland Blues Band, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist feat. Soft Metals, Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Joyce Manor, Merry Christmas, Charles Albright, The Croissants, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Classic Rock & Blues Review, 7:30 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.

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T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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

Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m.


Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m.

The Boardwalk Xanthochroid, Brumal, Shades of Devastation, Artemis Gone, Animism, Defy the Odds, Human Filth, Ends of the Earth, 8 p.m.

Sacramento Zoo Twilight Thursdays w/ East Wind, 5:30 p.m.

Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m.

Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; The Strange, 9 p.m.

The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Colony AcxDc, Tom Hanks, Skrunt, Rad, Knifethruhead, Peace Killers, Klondike Kate, 8 p.m. District 30 dBerrie, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Josh Powell & the Great Train Robbery, Martin Purtill, 8 p.m.

The Stoney Inn Michael Beck Band, Terry Sheets Band, 9 p.m.

7.26 Friday

Ace of Spades We The Kings, T. Mills, The Ready Set, Headlines, 6:30 p.m. Assembly Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Twilight Drifters, 9 p.m.

Fremont Park Hot Lunch Concert Series w/ CrookOne, 12 p.m.

Beatnik Studios Final Friday w/ Sun Monks, 6 p.m.

Harlow’s Street Urchinz, Massive Delicious, Northbound Train, 8 p.m.

The Blue Lamp The Akabane Vulgars, Dead Horses, Riot Radio, 9 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Double Trouble (Tom Petty & John Fogerty tribute), 8:30 p.m.

The Boardwalk Gary Hoey, 3rd Class Citizen, Relayer, The Scott Allen Project, 8 p.m.

District 30 Rock & Rhyme, 9 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Fox & Goose Northern Soul, 8 p.m.

LowBrau Rainbow Arabia, Seventeen Evergreen, Shaun Slaughter, 9 p.m.

Bows and Arrows Freeport, Jem & Scout, The Blah Boutique, Joshua Powell, 8 p.m.

The Colony Flytraps For Supper, The Marble Faun, Daniel Joseph, Final Decay, 8 p.m.

Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 8 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden The Resonant Rogues, The Freebadge Serenaders, Julie the Bruce, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s The Three Way, The Strange, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Parlare Shine w/ DJ Epik, DJ Oasis, DJ Lahn, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Diamond Dez, Rasar, 8 p.m. Press Club MOM, Vasas, Ssun Prairie, MC Ham, DJ Gourmet, 9 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre John Mayer: Born & Raised Tour, 7:30 p.m.

Marilyn’s Rock On Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Jenn Rogar, 5 p.m.; Slow Motion Dive, Saint Anne’s Place, The Royal Jelly, The Mondegreens, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park Concerts In the Park w/ The Brodys, Hero’s Last Mission, The Bell Boys, Humble Wolf, DJ Billy Lane, 5 p.m. Club Car Thirdstar West, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Due West, 9:30 p.m.

Club Retro Tommy Norton’s Traveling Band, One More Night, Pseudosilence, 6 p.m.

Press Club FFFreak! w/ DJ Crook & Ben Johnson, 9:30 p.m.

District 30 Donovan, DJ Hector Garza, 9 p.m.

R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m.

Fox & Goose Twomey, Olympus Mons, Kenny Rego & the Law of One Band, 8:30 p.m.

RockBand University Downpressor, Minus, Harness, Black Ice, Malfunction, Plead the Fifth, Crossface, 7 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m.

Sleep Train Arena Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Jeff Jones Band, 9 p.m.

7.25 thursday

Powerhouse Pub College Night w/ DJ Rigatony, DJ Alazzawi, 10:30 p.m.

Ace of Spades Trapt, The Cringe, Darling Parade, Allinaday, Dedvolt, Overwatch, 6:30 p.m.

RockBand University Under Cities, A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ghost Stories, ASD, 7 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Skratchpad, 9 p.m.

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Kupro’s Bistro Ross Hammond Trio, 9:30 p.m.

Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday's w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Hot Pants w/ DJ Rock Bottom, 9 p.m.

Cesar Chavez Plaza Fiesta en la Calle w/ Midnight Players, Solsa, Vince Vicari, Loz Zanchoz, 5 p.m.

Luigi’s Fungarden Bellygunner, Dynamic Fuzz Bomb, Nacho Business, 8:30 p.m.

Club Car Foxtrot Mary, 9 p.m.

Luna’s Cafe Michael Koppy, Frank Lindamadd, Amy Reed, 8:30 p.m.

The Colony M Section, Flesh Gordo, Jesus Christ Mister, The Bar Fly Effect, MDL, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s Ghostnote, For Sayle, G-G-Ghost, 9 p.m.

Crest Theatre Trio Los Panchos, 6 p.m.

Midtown BarFly Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ Esef and guests, 10 p.m.

District 30 DJ Elements, 9 p.m.

Old Ironsides Goldener, The Silent Game, Face 4 Radio, The Lopez, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m.

Fox & Goose Tha Dirt Feelin’, Funk.Defied, The Strange, 9 p.m.

Harlow’s AgapeSoul, Mercy Me, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Led Zepagain, 10 p.m.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Rock Sugar, 7:30 p.m.; DJ SN1, 9 p.m.

Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m.

Insight Coffee Roasters DLRN, Stevie Nader, Soosh*E, DJ Whores, DJ Druskee, 7:30 p.m.

Shine Salt Wizard, OLLA, Har-diHar, Amber & Adam, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Bells Atlas, Waterstrider, Steve Kotarek, 9:30 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m.

Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Pete Anderson, 9 p.m.

Luna’s Cafe David Houston & String Theory, 9 p.m.

Ace of Spades Y&T, End Of Days, Restrayned, 7 p.m. Assembly The Sizziling Sirens w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp Groovincible (CD Release), Tao Jiriki, Brian Rodgers, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk God, Blacksheep, Hillbilly Hand Grenade, Nothing Less, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows The Enlows, Plots, Wolfhouse, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s Sexrat, Drifter Killer, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Shai Hulud, Early Graves, Summit, Soma Ras, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Devin Lucien, DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub 8 Track Massacre, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Rail Bridge Cellars Penthouse Lounge The Speakeasy Series feat. The Knockouts, 9 p.m. Shine Goldener, Captain Courageous, Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery, 8 p.m. continued on page 24

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7.28 Sunday

Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Goapele, 9 p.m. LowBrau In My Hour of Darkness: The Gram Parsons Tribute Show feat. Golden Cadillacs, Delta City Ramblers, The Wooden Revolt, 50 Watt Heavy, Jay Shaner Band, Rattlecan, The Foxtails, Bright Faces, 4 p.m. Marilyn’s Roots Music Series, 5 p.m. Pine Cove Mac Russ and the Lawn Trolls, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Shana Morrison, 3 p.m.; Open Blues Jam, 7 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry, 9 p.m. Southside Park The Ultimate Love Connection Music Festival, 12 p.m. The Stoney Inn The Band Herrick, Willow Creek, 2 Steps Down, 8 p.m. Swabbies on the River Spazmatics, Color Me Bad, 2 p.m.


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Torch Club We Love the Torch w/ All Star Jam featuring Jimmy Pailer, Tessie Marie, Wingnut Adams, Johnny Knox, Joe Lev, Jeramy Norris, Guitar Mac and more, 2 p.m. William Curtis Park Music in the Park w/ Music Mike, West of Next, 6 p.m.

7.29 Monday

Assembly Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott, 7 p.m. The Boardwalk Saint Dog, Big Hoss (DGAF), 420 Darkside Boyz, The Famous Butter, Cooley Killz, A 1, Mad Note, Chuck Deezle, 7:30 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 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.

7.30 Tuesday

Ace of Spades Fitz and the Tantrums, Hunter Hunted, The Colourist, 7 p.m. The Boardwalk Alex Goot, Sam Tsui, King The Kid, Against The Current, Captain Courageous, 6:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Harlow’s The Blind Pets, Tidelands, 6 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe The Meter Men, 11 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist feat. Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Classic Rock & Blues Review, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub College Night w/ DJ Rigatony, DJ Alazzawi, 10:30 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s Guttermouth, Another Damn Disappointment, Ass Backwards, 8 p.m.

T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Torch Club Wingnut Adams, 5:30 p.m.; Island of Black and White, 9 p.m.

Press Club Moondog Matinee, Miss Maddy’s F Street Stompers, DJ Andy Garcia, DJ Matt Mora, 8 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

7.31 wednesday

Ace of Spades The Dirty Heads, The Expendables, Big B, 6 p.m. The Blue Lamp T. Junior, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Bubba Sparxxx, Charlie Muscle, Retro Gang, K-Hawk, ILL, Eastmurdaallstar$, 7 p.m. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Bows and Arrows The Adarna, A Mile Till Dawn, BRI, 8 p.m.

Center of Own, Ashes in August, 8 p.m.

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

Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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

Fox & Goose Northern Soul, 8 p.m. G Street WunderBar Funk Night w/ DJ Larry, 10 p.m.

Assembly The Prince & Michael Experience, DJ Dave Paul, 10 p.m.

Marilyn’s Bob Dylan Tribute w/ Sal Valentino, The Hence Phillips Band, Parie Wood, 9 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Strangelove (Depeche Mode tribute), DJ’s Roger Carpio, David X, Bryan Hawk, 9 p.m.

Midtown BarFly Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ Esef and guests, 10 p.m.

The Boardwalk Axis, Eden View, Highway 12, Last Call, Prylosis, Stationary, 8 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Tainted Love, 10 p.m.

Cache Creek Casino Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks tribute), 8 p.m.

Shine Clark Reese, Susanne Abbott, Thomas Hatch, 8 p.m.

Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m.

Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Doe Eye, City Light, 9:30 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Chad Bushnell, 9:30 p.m.

The Colony The Tunnel, One Last Caress, Dominion, 8 p.m.

Press Club No Diggity Nineties Night w/ DJ Meek Da Cat, 9 p.m.

Davis Art Center Strum Along, 6 p.m.

Swabbies on the River Night Moves (Bob Segar tribute), 7 p.m.

R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m.

District 30 PV, 9 p.m.

Shine Seacats, 8 p.m.

Fox & Goose The Afterlife, 9 p.m.

Marilyn’s Xochitl, Captain Courageous, 9 p.m.

Fox & Goose Jay Shaner, Odd Owl, 8 p.m.

Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m.

Fremont Park Hot Lunch Concert Series w/ El Indio, 12 p.m.

Press Club Eclectic w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre Kid Rock, 6:45 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m; Peter Petty Review, 9 p.m.

8.01 Thursday

Ace of Spades J Boog, Hot Rain, 6:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Session, 9 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Hot Pants w/ DJ Rock Bottom, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Exquisite Corps, Mister Loveless, Ghostplay, 8:30 p.m.

Crocker Art Museum Crow Canyon, The Hungry, The Kelps, 6 p.m. District 30 Tom Swoon, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Blame Betty, Riotmaker, Bypassing Oblivion, 8:30 p.m.


Ace of Spades Dogfood (CD Release Show), Element of Soul, Humble Wolf, The Three Way, James Cavern, 6:30 p.m.

Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Parlare Shine w/ DJ Epik, DJ Oasis, DJ Lahn, 9 p.m.


Laguna Town Hall Hot Summer Nights Concert Series: Elvis Night feat. Jim Anderson and the Rebels, 6:30 p.m.

Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m.

Harlow’s Shuggie Otis, 5:30 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Rock On Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m.

The Stoney Inn Georgia Rain, 9 p.m. Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; Zenardi and the High Beamz, 9 p.m.


Chance the rapper Assembly 8 p.m.

Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort The Voice Casting Call, 10 a.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Harper, 9 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Doey Rock, 9 p.m. Kupro’s Bistro Clemon Charles, 9:30 p.m.

8.03 Saturday

Ace of Spades One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute), DJ Blackheart, 8 p.m. Assembly Chance the Rapper, 8 p.m.


Cache Creek Casino Push Play, 6 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday's w/ DJ EPIK, 10 p.m. The Colony Blackeyed Dempseys, Xtramedium, Bad Hex, Zero for Zero, 8 p.m.

The Blue Lamp Cardboard Ringo, Monomyth, Race To The Bottom, 8:30 p.m.

Fox & Goose Old Cotton Dreary, Sands, Jewels & Johnny Nation, 9 p.m.

The Boardwalk Misery Signals, The Color Morale, Elitist, The Kindred, Lifeforms, With Wolves, Life Ahead, 6:30 p.m.

KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m.

The Boardwalk Without An Answer, Decipher the Fallen,


Bows and Arrows Playa Rae and Trey C’s I.L.A.M. Tour, 7:30 p.m.

Harlow’s The Cheeseballs, 9 p.m.


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Kupro’s Bistro Lovely Builders, 9:30 p.m. Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m.

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

Old Ironsides The Lipstick Weekender w/ Shaun Slaughter, Roger Carpio, 9:30 p.m.

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

Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Marilyn’s Showcase Monday’s, 8 p.m.

Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Shine Parie Wood, Erin & Naomi, Ben Perry, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Adventure Gallery, Behind Sapphire, 9:30 p.m. Swabbies on the River Mach 5, 4 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Chicago, 8 p.m. Torch Club Johnny Guitar Knox, 5 p.m.; Mercy Me!, 9 p.m.

8.04 Sunday

Assembly Wang Chung, 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Doreau Thongtong, Touly Vangkhue, 6 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Masked Intruder, Secretions, Elway, Sam Russo, 7 p.m. Pine Cove Diva Kings, 8 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Be Brave Bold Robot, The Kitchen, Safe Word, 8 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

Comedy Assembly B Street: Live! Sketch and Improv Comedy, Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Insane Wayne, Dwayne Gill, July 26 - 28, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. John Moyer, David Lew, Aug. 2 - 4, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Keith Lowell Jensen’s Comedy Night, Wednesday’s, 8 p.m. Po’Boyz Bar & Grill (Folsom) Comedy Open Mic, every Monday, 9 p.m. Punchline Comedy Club Comedy Kill! feat. Johnny Taylor, Carlos Rodriguez, Lance Woods, Kareem Daniels, Jessica Wellington, DJ Sandhu, Michael Cella, Daniel Humbarger, Meg Sevier, hosted by Robert Berry, July 24, 8 p.m.

Swabbies on the River Renegade (Styx tribute), 2 p.m.

Carlos Mencia, July 25 - 28, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.

Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Samantha Fish, Tess Marie and her Poor Man Band, 8 p.m.

Drew Carey, Aug. 2 - 3, Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.

8.05 Monday

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


Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Marilyn’s Clark Reese (CD Release), 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub ZuhG, 10 p.m.


The Colony Ratbite, Get Bent, Final Decay, Carbomb Commies, 8 p.m.

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Ray Molina, Aug. 1, 8 p.m.

Mike E. Winfield, Aug. 2, 10:15 p.m. JHP Showcase, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic Scramble, Sunday’s and Monday’s, 7:30 p.m. Harold Night, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

David Lew

Improv Lab, Wednesday’s, 7 p.m. Top 10 List Podcast Live!, Saturday’s, 7 p.m.

Central Park (Davis) Clips Beer & Film Tour, July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Sketchtropolis Sketch Showcase, July 26, 8 p.m.

Crest Theatre Trash Film Orgy Presents: Friday the 13th, July 27, 11 p.m.; The Road Warrior, Aug. 3, 11 p.m.

STAB! hosted by John Ross, July 26, 9 p.m.

Elk Grove Regional Park Strauss Festival, July 25 - 28

Comedy Space hosted by Ray Molina, July 26, 10:30 p.m.

Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesday’s, 7 p.m.

Neil Hamburger, Aug. 2, 9 p.m.

Harris Center for the Arts Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet: An Evening at the Ballet, Aug. 2 - 4

Anti-Cooperation League, Saturday’s, 9 p.m.

The Stoney Inn Nutty Monday’s Comedy Showcase and Open Mic, Monday’s, 9 p.m. Tommy T’s Mike Winslow, July 26 - 28, Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. K-von, Aug. 1 - 4, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.

Misc. 946 Olive Drive (Davis) Davis Flea Market, July 28, 9 a.m. 1409 Del Paso Blvd. GOOD: Street Food + Design Market, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. 2020 J Street Midtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8 a.m. Assembly Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience: For the Troops, July 27, 8 p.m. Axis Gallery Surface Tension by artist Chuck Seerey, now through July 28 Beatnik Studios Final Friday w/ art by Mehren Mesbah, July 26, 6 p.m. Blue Cue Trivia Night, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Bows & Arrows Nerd Night: Video Game Scavenger Hunt, July 25, 7 p.m. Opening Reception for Regenerate: Drawings by Chelsea Greninger, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Cal Expo 2013 California State Fair, through July 28 Capitol Mall Greens The Color Run, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.

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The tagline for Pacific Rim is “Go Big or Go Extinct.” It’s a brash, ballsy statement, but it plays out to wonderful effect here in Guillermo del Toro’s latest film. Giant robots versus giant-er monsters…toss in Charlie Day of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great summer movie experience. Those who grew up on Japanese animation or Godzilla movies probably got an instant nerd-boner from the trailer to this one. Luckily, Pacific Rim delivers on the epic battles it teased us with. As our hero Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) narrates at the opening of the film, an alien invasion attacks Earth not from outer space, but through our own oceans. A rift at the bottom of the sea has acted as some sort of interdimensional portal that allows gargantuan monsters, dubbed Kaiju, to enter our world and wreak all sorts of havoc on our major coastal cities. Humankind is getting its ass handed to it until a counter measure is devised: giant robots known as Jaegers (German for “hunters”) that match the Kaiju in size and clout. Sure, their battles cause just as much damage as if they would just let the monstrous Kaiju run amok on their own, but, hey, who doesn’t love a good punch-‘em-up between two colossuses? With the Jaegers turning the tide, us earthlings have gotten the upper hand over our alien invaders, and as the years of the Kaiju War wear on, the players in this little drama (i.e. the Jaeger pilots and even the Kaiju) have amassed a large fan following. However, attacks are becoming more frequent, the monsters are getting bigger, and Jaegers are starting to drop like flies. As the governments of the world decide the Jaeger program is no longer working, four teams are all that stand against certain extinction. All around, this is just a fun movie. If you’re familiar with the films and series Pacific Rim seems to steal liberally from (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gundam, Voltron and the Godzilla movies), you’ll pick up on all the clichés. More than just a simple rip-off,

del Toro shows real reverence here for the stories that inspired the movie. And like the aforementioned series and films, del Toro’s flick doesn’t skimp on the monsters and robots. From the very beginning, we are thrust into a bruising battle between a Jaeger and Kaiju, and the action only steamrolls from there. The monsters are wonderfully designed, bearing likenesses to sharks, octopi and other mammoth sea creatures. But the robots have even more character. Each one has an action figureready look. If I was a kid, I’d probably beg my parents for all of them…oh, who am I kidding? I still would. There are some good human moments here, too, though Hunnan’s character is pretty one-dimensional. The Wire’s Idris Elba (who seems to be in just about everything now) is a supreme badass as old-school Jaeger commander Stacker Pentecost (best name ever). He shares some tender moments with fledgling pilot Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), whom he has taken care of since she was a child. The amazing Ron Perlman also makes a great showing in a small role. The two human scene-stealers, however, are Day and Burn Gorman, who play warring scientists, constantly at each other’s throats with their differing theories on the Kaiju. Day is loud and obnoxious (as always), but his shtick totally works in this overthe-top monster flick. Gorman is more of a quirky counterpoint, lurking around and sneering Gollum-style. It’s a good dose of humor that this film needed. Pacific Rim doesn’t take itself too seriously. It knows what it is: big, dumb and loaded with thrills. It’s a good way to escape the heat and get yourself a monstrous bite of entertainment. Don’t worry. It’ll be winter soon and all the thought-provoking films we all love are just around the corner. In the meantime, it’s just too hot to think.

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It was a banner week for race relations in America. Remember when we elected our first African American president back in 2008 and everyone was all stoked about that? It felt like we turned this big corner here in the old U.S. of A. Clearly, things are better than we used to be. We’re all allowed to ride wherever we want to on the bus now. We don’t have separate bathrooms, and even gay marriage looks like it will be a legal reality in the near future. These are all good things. They’re all very democratic, and dare I say, American. You know, equality and all that. E Pluribus Unum! That’s on the dollar bill (along with that creepy pyramid with the Eye of Sauron or whatever floating above it). But all the civil rights legislation in the world can’t stop some people from being assholes. Let’s set aside the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case for a moment. I mean, that was pretty fucked up, but it all went down in Florida, and that state hasn’t had the best track record in the past decade or so. They can’t even count votes properly down there. Justice might be too abstract a concept for them to grasp just yet. Maybe it’s the humidity. I know that shit drives me crazy, too. Let’s talk about Marc Anthony, and his singing of “God Bless America” at the most recent Major League Baseball All-Star Game held at Citi Field in New York. First off, I have to admit that I hate that song. Since 9/11, it’s become a staple during the Seventh Inning Stretch at baseball games, and I understand why. I just think it’s a cheesy song. “America the Beautiful” is way more, well, beautiful. In fact, if it were up to me, it would be our National Anthem. I mean, come on, America the Beautiful! It says it all right there in the title. This is a beautiful country. From sea to shining sea. It’s so diverse, both geographically and in terms of its population. Some people would rather it be a lot more homogenous, though. It’s those types of folks who took exception with Mr. Anthony singing “God Bless America” during one of the signature events of our National Pastime. Marc Anthony is Latino, sure. I guess that’s why some people got confused. He doesn’t look like John Wayne or Ronald Reagan, but really, who does anymore? People (and I use the term loosely) took to Twitter to vent their frustration that a brown-ish dude was singing such a patriotic song.

“He isn’t even American,” tweeted the enlightened Savannah Graham (@savgraham). “Is he even an American citizen?” asked the astute Brian Edwards (@Dusboy7). Um, well, he is. Marc Anthony was born in New York City, which is a part of America, the last time I checked. In fact, I know from experience because I was born there, and when I fill out legal documents and they ask, “Are you an American citizen?” I always check the “Yes” box, and no one’s ever come back to me and said I was lying. I wonder if they’d be mad if I sung “God Bless America” at the All-Star Game. I mean, I’m white (even though rednecks think “I look Jewish”), but I can’t sing a note. Furthermore, Anthony is of Puerto Rican descent, so even if he was born in the land of his ancestors, he was technically born in America. Puerto Rico even has a representative in Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, and what’s more American than Congress? Wait. Don’t answer that. The most offensive tweet, however, came from Spencer Babcock (@jakebabcock), who wrote: “Why is Marc Anthony singing ‘God Bless America?’ He’s not even American. Shoulda got someone sweet like Kesha.” I’m hoping this was tweeted in irony, but I’m guessing it wasn’t. Because, really, bro? Ke$ha? That’s who you want singing “God Bless America?” A grimy-looking, tweaked-out skank? I mean, I get down to “Tik Tok” as much as the next person, but I’m not sure Ke$ha is who I want standing center stage as a representative of Our Great Nation. Marc Anthony is a selfmade millionaire. He’s a respectable recording artist, got married to (and divorced) Jennifer Lopez and even owns a piece of a football team (a real American one, the Miami Dolphins, not some soccer squad). He grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood and rose to become one of the world’s biggest stars. That’s about as American of a story as I could imagine. Ke$ha just gets drunk on well vodka and chortles dumb-ass lyrics through AutoTune she probably didn’t even write. Maybe that’s where America’s headed. If so, you guys could have it. Before I go, I’d like to apologize to any grimy-looking, tweaked-out skanks who may be reading this. I really do believe this country is a melting pot, and everyone deserves a seat at the table, you guys included.

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