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Mood Music: Rio Grands - "Beverly"

Now that the flurries have stopped falling and the ice has melted away, it's time to start planning how we're going to celebrate the ending of the last immensely shitty 365 days. To help us get in the mood for what will most likely be a heavier than normal night of boozed debauchery, we've got some Rio Grands coming out of the speakers in preparation for their blowout bash.

They'll be taking over Alberta Street Pub on the 31st, playing two sets that are sure to get the party started. Their first one, starting around 9:30pm, will be all original songs. The second goes from 11:30pm through the arrival of the new year, with them honoring our fallen heroes David Bowie and Prince, as well as taking on some songs by the Cars, the Police and other 80's hit stars. 

Laser beams, helium filled inflatable animals, fog machines and DJ Toggle Beats will all most definitely be in full effect, so stop by. It's free and will be a lovely addition to your night's plans.

   

Con Brio Returns to the Bay Area for a Special Three-Night New Year's Eve

Con Brio is going to play three nights in San Francisco for New Year's Eve! The San Francisco based 7-piece band will showcase music from their electrifying album, Paradise (produced by Mario Caldato Jr.), with three Bay Area shows leading up to New Year's Eve, including at City National Civic (San Jose) on December 29, 2016 and two back-to-back nights at The Chapel (San Francisco) on December 30 & 31, 2016.Lead singer, Ziek McCarter's magnetic live performances with his swiveling hips, splits and backflips, have earned him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson and James Brown.

On Paradise, McCarter's lyrics tell stories about modern life through its contradictions. Narratives highlight police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement (the band's first single, "Free & Brave"), the struggles of city life ("Hard Times"), the rejection of societal pressure to equate success with a paycheck and abandon one's dreams ("Money"), and of course love ("Honey").

Don't miss them live this New Year's season!

12/29 -- City National Civic -- San Jose, CA
12/30 -- The Chapel -- San Francisco, CA
12/31 -- The Chapel -- San Francisco, CA

   

Moon By You's Swan Song Album and Show

Not many modern acts have truly captured the endearing pop sensabilities of doo wop quite like Moon By You. Having transcended the usual bar most acts in the same genre typically operate at, Moon By You have used their time spent as soulfully psychedelic callback to one of the only good parts of that era to essentially run that part of the local scene. It seems MBY might be at its end, but they've left us a parting gift to soothe our disbanded sadness.

You Are an Alien is the band at its best, of course, showing the musical heights they've reached in such a short time. The album may be coming out on the low, with only limited physical copies to be acquired, but track comparisons to influencers like Temples and Iron Butterfly make it a worthy release to end on.

Tomorrow may be your last time to see Moon By You for the forseeable future, as they'll be playing Mississippi Studios with Washington stoner rock heavy hitters Weeed and the most delightful local acts in a while Reptaliens. We might be in denial, but let's see them off in style.

   

TONIGHT: Benefit for Oakland Fire Relief Feat Primus Dan Deacon and More - Fox Theater

Tonight, we hope you'll make your way to the Fox Theater in Oakland to support Oakland United: A Benefit for Oakland Fire Relief.

Oakland United is a A Night of Music and Stories featuring Christopher Willits, Dan Deacon, Gabe Meline (KQED), Fantastic Negrito, Geographer, Hieroglyphics, Jay Som, Josette Melchor (Gray Area), Kennedy Ashlyn and Anya Taylor (Them Are Us Too), Primus, Rogue Wave, Sam Lefebvre (East Bay Express), Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique), The Coup, Thao Nguyen, tUnE-yArDs, Tycho and many more!

Hosted by Josette Melchor of the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, which started a fund shortly after the tragedy and has collected over $500,000 to date. The fund is collaborating closely with the Oakland Mayor’s Office and the Red Cross as well as getting guidance from local arts institutions. The immediate needs of fire victims will be the fund’s priority with the Red Cross as the first point of contact for allocation of the funds received from the Oakland Sports Teams funds. 

Fox Theater 
Oakland, CA 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 
Show: 7:00pm

Buy tickets here.

   

VeVe & Tha Rebels craft mesmerizing gangsta-folk

Veve & Tha Rebels have a penchant for casting entrancing music that manages to be both soft and strong-willed. The self-branded gangsta-folk band blends traditional folk with elements of afro-beat, R&B and hip hop; crafting a sound that pays homage to roots rock but feels decidedly fresh and original. The instrumentals are paired with singer/guitarist VeVe Marley's soulful and hypnotic vocals to produce a potent concotion that's sure to reel you in. Check out "Sistars" off the band's appropriately titled The EP streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni