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Record Store Day

, Sat., April 18, 12 p.m.
Record Store Day
VAMP, the downtown Oakland record store (331 19th St.), is a charming place with an eight-month-old miniature pinscher mascot named Maxine Brown after the soul singer of yore. It’s cluttered with antiques, art, clothes, and vinyl, with a strong emphasis on jazz and soul. It’s the sort of spot that Record Store Day — an annual brouhaha for record labels to sic unnecessary pieces of overpriced wax on hapless consumers, derailing the entire vinyl manufacturing ecosystem in the process — is supposed to celebrate. Because VAMP sells mostly used records, it isn’t participating in Record Store Day officially. Instead, it elected to schedule ten hours of live music and DJs, including the store’s own Fernando & his 45s, for shoppers and passersby to enjoy — no matter how much cash they drop. A community record swap kicks off VAMP Day at noon, while music continues through the night. So, after you’re done elbowing through a Record Store Day crowd to snag one of those oh-so-crucial A-Ha ten-inch picture discs (only 6,500 copies!) for an unconscionable price, drop by. Or just go to VAMP instead. free
Vamp 331 19th St., Oakland (map)

DJ Willie Maze

Fridays, 6 p.m.
510-984-3147
free
Somar Bar & Lounge 1727 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Classical Revolution

1st of every month, 7 p.m.
510-863-1440
free
Awaken Cafe 1429 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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DJ Joe Quixx

First Saturday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-834-1517
w/ creelFish and Larry Brite free
The Layover 1517 Franklin St., Oakland (map)

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DJ Russell Quan

, First Saturday of every month, 10 p.m.
510-451-3355
spins Fifties and Sixties garage rock 45s free
Bar Three Fifty-Five 355 19th St., Oakland (map)

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DJ Jesse Luscious

Sundays, 9 p.m.
510-444-7224
DJ Jesse Luscious
Jesse Luscious is a punk polymath whose skills only seem to multiply. He’s a hockey player, elected pencil-pusher protecting Berkeley renters, urban sophisticate, record label maestro, Gilman Street refugee, and KALX’s resident on-air interrogator. He also DJs regularly at the Ruby Room, an activity that, to Luscious, must have magical energy restoring properties — because he doesn’t appear to sleep. He spins vinyl on turntables and his selections reflect the liminal history connecting dub reggae to UK punk. As a manager at Alternative Tentacles, he ensures that records get made, and as DJ Jesse Luscious, he ensures that they’re played. Denizens of East Bay dives are grateful. free
Ruby Room 132 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Banjo Man

Sundays, 4-6 p.m.
510-444-6174
free
Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Sweet Soul Sundays

, First Sunday of every month, 8 p.m.
510-891-8660
w/ DJ Aware spinning lowrider oldies and sweet soul love songs free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Punk Rock Sideshow

, Sundays, 9 p.m.
510-452-2855
w/ DJ Old Durrty Sanchez spinning hardcore, punk, and Oi! free
The Golden Bull 412 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Motown on Mondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.
510-891-8660
Motown on Mondays
Prozack Turner has certainly made good on his promise to “avoid the Top-40 hip-hop trap” at Legionnaire Saloon, his new Uptown bar. The venue’s parties showcase a wide variety of genres — disco, country, and more — and it recently began hosting one of the Bay’s longest-running weekly events, Motown on Mondays. Started in San Francisco in 2009, Motown on Mondays has since spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Honolulu, and now Oakland, and brings together young and old fans with its mix of Sixties soul, doo-wop, and R&B. At Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), DJs have included Pam the Funkstress of The Coup and J-Boogie, and this week will feature DJ Fuze of Digital Underground. Fuze helped produce some of Digital Underground’s biggest hits, including “Freaks of the Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “The Humpty Dance,” and has collaborated with Tupac and The Luniz, but he’s also made a name for himself as one of the Bay’s most eclectic cratediggers, amassing a collection of soul, house, and world music. Expect him to dust off some of his best records for the occasion. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Metal Monday

, Mondays, 9 p.m.
510-452-2855
w/ rotating DJs spinning all styles of metal every monday free
The Golden Bull 412 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Open Bluegrass Jam

, Mondays, 9 p.m.
510-444-6174
free
Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Wanna Hang Out?

Mondays, 10 p.m.
510-451-3355
big-hair girl groups, soul, R&B, power pop nuggets, proto punk garage, party rock hits, and more free
Bar Three Fifty-Five 355 19th St., Oakland (map)

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Turnup Tuesdays w/ DJ AAron Ortiz

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
510-763-7711
free
Cafe Van Kleef 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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The Jet Set

, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
510-451-4677
The Jet Set
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com free
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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