Music

News: Jan. 26, 2009

Apparently this Taylor Swift girl is pretty popular. My only recollection of her is the image of her sprawled out on a bed, singing about tear drops on her guitar, promoting an upcoming concert at an Indian casino in Northern California. I thought it was strange to see a 16-…

Cheech & Chong Are Back

Timeless & Timely North America in the late ’60s and early ’70s was a dangerous and magical place. War, as well as social and economic upheaval, spun the U.S. and much of the world in a dizzying—albeit groovy—downward spiral. The fabric of human existence was rolled up like good dope…

Boy Meets Girl – 20,000 Breaks into the Sacramento Music Scene

20,000 Breaks into the Sacramento Music Scene Comprised of locals David Mohr and girlfriend Meg Larkin, the band 20,000 is relatively new to the Sacramento music scene—but with their youthful energy and down to earth attitudes, it’s no wonder that fans are quickly tuning in. “By default, I usually just…

Don’t Get Distracted

Cuesta Drive’s Dane Drewis Plays Favorites Sacramento’s own rock/pop/funk outfit Cuesta Drive is gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Distractions. The diverse 15-track record is surely something to be proud of and lead singer/guitarist Dane Drewis confessed it was tough to choose his favorite track. “I have…

Musical Darwinism

2Me Adapts to Any Situation Life can undo the best made plans. However, those who stay open-minded are able to shift gears without much problem, and often find a change in direction a breath of fresh air. Sacramento’s ever-morphing folk-rock group 2Me seems to thrive under this ethos. Here’s one…

Far Out!

Sacramento’s Far Comes Home By Mark Lore | Photos by Jeff Gros They say you always want to go out on top. If that’s the case, then Sacramento’s Far did everything right. In the mid-’90s Sacramento was on the radar as bands like Cake and Deftones were signing to majors…

Less Talk, More Music

Minus the Bear, Annuals Harlow’s – Sacramento, California Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 Having perfected the art of showing up fashionably late, I arrived at Harlow’s just after Helms Alee finishes playing. With Harlow’s this is usually the best option if you want to avoid the arrival crowd—the early birds were…

Fatel Attraction

Mitch Fatel Punchline Comedy Club | Sacramento Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 What makes for a better Wednesday night than watching a short, awkward little pervy dude telling jokes about boobs and hairy va-jay-jays with booze in hand? Sure, you could do that at any bar, with any run-of-the-mill funny friends,…

More Harp!

Cannons and Clouds, Sound & Shape Press Club | Sacramento Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 This was one of those shows that I had looked forward to for weeks. I randomly stumbled across the Myspace page of Sound & Shape and immediately knew I had to be there. It turned out…

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grouch

The Grouch Set to Leave Paradise for West Coast Tour Over the past decade, Oakland, Calif. native The Grouch has proven to be the embodiment of the independent musician. Alongside his crew the Living Legends, Grouch built an underground empire from the ground up, building a reputation by pounding the…