Sad news: the show tonight at Club Cafe featuring A.A. Bondy and Justin Andrew has been postponed, reportedly due to a hand injury. Been there. Feel better, Bondy dude! Stay tuned here for a reschedule update.
Other things that are going on tonight that might keep you busy: Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang play with Ursa Major at the Doo Wop Mansion, a house venue in North Oakland that you'll want to search around for a little because I probably shouldn't write much about it; River City Rebels are doing their thing at 31st Street Pub; Long Time Darlings frontman Brett Staggs throws down at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern; and David Daniell and Douglas McCombs (of Tortoise) play at Garfield Artworks.
Also, if you were stoked on seeing Smashmouth at the Think Pink event at Altar Bar on Tuesday, I'm sorry to say they've cancelled. Word has it they couldn't get up from underneath that huge pile of "All Star" royalty checks, so they had to back out. The event, which is sponsored by our sister media outlet Q 92.9, still features THE GIN BLOSSOMS, who rule. So adjust accordingly.
I spent a nice week not being at work last week, and now I'm back at work, where I'm going to spend a nice week being at work. What does this mean for you? Not much, besides uninterrupted FFW>> offerings -- like today's MP3 Monday, courtesy local dancepop lady Ali Spagnola!
The MP3 download is the single off her album, The Ego. The song is "I Want More." Download and enjoy!
In unrelated news, we just got word about the first shows taking place at the new Stage AE complex on the North
Shore Side. Without getting all flowery about it, let's get down to business: the venue will open with performances on December 3 and 4 by Girl Talk, and host George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on December 10, and "Black and Yellow" guy Wiz Khalifa on December 16. Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Saturday, October 16 through Ticketmaster. More updates when we get 'em.
Hey! Welcome to the week! I've got this thing for you: It's a song by local band Satin Gum.
They're faves of mine, playing fuzzy poppy indie rock with lots of time changes and sweetly wavery vocals. In conversation, they're often mentioned as one of the city's most underrated bands -- so let's work on changing that, okay? They had an MP3 on the blog over a year ago, but they've released new material since. This is my favorite track from the band's newest EP, which came out a couple months ago. The song's called "Flea Markets & Libraries."
Satin Gum plays with The Sky Drops and Dawn Canon this Saturday, Oct. 9, at Gooski's -- 10 p.m. (Gooski's time).
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