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Megadome Series Featuring Greg Ashley

Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
510-336-7373
Megadome Series Featuring Greg Ashley
Between psychoacoustics, spectrum analysis, and transduction, whether you’re aware of it or not, music involves a lot of science. For instance, the field of psychoacoustics neatly explains why all rational Americans weep to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska (okay, sometimes psychoacousticians consult rock critics.) Learn all about it when The Chabot Space & Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland) begins its season-long Cosmic Concerts series this weekend with a show by Greg Ashley, a sharp, local balladeer with lyrical chops, and John Morgan, the fiery, dynamic pianist from the Johns Brothers Piano Company. The interactive series occurs in the Megadome, where mind-expanding (also, educational) visuals appear on the sloped walls, and in addition to performing, Ashley and Morgan will encourage the audience to build instruments and spontaneously collaborate in a unique setting. Is science cooler when it partners with rock, or is the other way around? $12
Chabot Space & Science Center 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland (map)

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Luke Sweeney Magic Trick

Sat., Aug. 30, 9 p.m.
415-371-1631
Luke Sweeney Magic Trick
Luke Sweeney’s single “Doin’ It to You,” recently released with a music video, is a promising fist taste of the San Francisco songwriter’s forthcoming solo debut, Adventure: Us. Twinkling bells make a bittersweet guitar chord progression positively radiant, and Sweeney’s smooth singing builds to a beautiful chorus that demands repeat listening. Whether during an ascending refrain or buoyant verse, Sweeney’s silken vocals pitch to please. Sweeney, who will perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission St., San Francisco) this weekend, previously fronted local rock acts Vows and Wet Dreams Dry Magic, but Adventure: Us marks the first album under his own name. The painstaking production and carefully refined songwriting present on “Doin’ It to You” alone make the album one of the most anticipated local releases of the season. $7, $10
Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St., San Francisco (map)

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