Music

School’s Out For Summer

The Donnas Hit the Road With Their Greatest Hits in Tow The Donnas sound like staying out way past curfew, sneaking cigarettes in parking lots, or whatever you know you shouldn’t be doing but would regret if you didn’t try it at least once. The foursome from Palo Alto, Calif.,…

Beyond Typical

Les Claypool and His Magical Musical Potpourri Les Claypool is a man of diverse—and some would say bizarre—tastes. Listening to the music he’s made over the years, be it with the band Primus, or now that he’s on his own, will reveal a strange brew of sounds that label owners,…

Sweet, Sour and Salty

Sean Barfly Examines MindX’s Addictive Brew In 1996, Sean Barfly arranged a jam session at Sacramento’s historic Golden Buddha. He didn’t know then, and seems to this day baffled, that the convergence of musicians would generate what is now a decade-long journey into the fluid annals of MindX. Having schmoozed…

Deftones have officially decided to head back into the studio

Deftones have officially decided to head back into the studio to re-record their follow-up to Saturday Night Wrist. The band was set to release Eros in early 2009 until bassist Chi Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident on Nov. 4, 2008. The band announced on their official Web…

Showing No Signs of Slowing

Sacramento Punk Legends The Secretions Are Set to Release New Record The year was 1991. The grunge movement, in all its flannel glory, had fully engulfed the country thanks to bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam; the Governator was just the Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Will Smith was…

Unexpected Gifts

Musical Charis Opens Music School in Oak Park [Sacramento] When Musical Charis’s vocalist Jessie Brune says her band doesn’t “function like a traditional band,” it’s hard to argue with her. In fact, you’re better off not calling Musical Charis a band. It’s an arcane notion, anyway. “We’re not really a…

The Main Event

Chase Moore Steps to the Mic for Cawzlos’s LMNH Records For the true MC, proving oneself in a battle is paramount; not just to prove he is gifted, unlimited with rhymes universal, but as a chance to rep his crew and community. Only the choicest of battle rappers are able…

Better Off As Animals

Cursive Shoots from the Hip on New Album Having escaped the once widely cast shadow of what Jenny Lewis once infamously dubbed “the booming music scene” in Omaha, Neb., during the infancy of the ’00s, Cursive persevered in a way that’s hard to pronounce. Starting strong with their debut full-length,…

From the Ashes Rises A Vulture

Pullout Picks Up Where Monster Squad Leaves Off All good things must come to an end—or in this case, a pause. Though the members of Monster Squad—the venerable Vacaville-based hardcore band—haven’t called it quits, the group did decide to take an indefinite hiatus in 2007 after roughly 11 years of…

Happily Ever After

Dance Gavin Dance Has A New Line-up, A New Record and Big Summer Plans Dance Gavin Dance has seen more roster changes than an MLB team. It’s tough to pinpoint why the Sacramento-based post-hardcore band has had a tough time keeping members, but one thing is for certain: it never…