From Dusk Till Dawn ... 

The bars, bands, and clubs to keep you happy.

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While Berkeley singer-songwriter Bart Davenport ( flirts from genre to genre, his studiously earnest, Jonathan Richman vibe remains constant. Jaded hipsters find his silly love song shtick playfully ironic — but Davenport is dead serious about love, hope, and zest. ... Texas-born, San Francisco-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Jolie Holland ( always sounds slightly delirious, singing in a half-slumbering tone suggesting a happy drunk, or perhaps a hallucinogenic feverish young lady. When Holland deals with the darker aspects of love, her fragile delivery makes her sound like a woman on the edge of oblivion. ... You won't catch Marty Anderson doing scissor kicks off the drum riser — in fact, due to Crohn's disease, Fremont's answer to Brian Wilson is primarily housebound and rarely performs live. But under the moniker Okay (, Anderson creates shockingly massive planets of sound and candy-coated fury, a lo-fi carnival of bouncing keyboards, gently strummed guitars, random blasts of art rock noise, and his cartoonishly nasal voice. ... If you're bored with the soft-rock hipsterism of and can't stand the absurd posturing of new country, give Red Meat ( a try. Like its namesake, this little country band feels like an all-American staple. Instead of puerile redneck anthems, Red Meat traffics in the well-written narrative songs and tight instrumental accompaniment that are the time-honored provenance of good country music. ... Introducing frontier Americana to the American underground, San Francisco's Trainwreck Riders ( join country, blues, folk, and punk as if they were always meant to be together. It's more fun than any overt revival and more authentic than most anything else in the so-called cow-punk genre. The Stairwell Sisters (, an all-woman acoustic bluegrass ensemble, pay homage to old-time music in a thoroughly modern way. The Berkeley band draws musical inspiration from the old days of country and bluegrass, but its sound and subject matter almost has a punk-rock edge to it. ... A choir leader, folklorist, former session drummer, vocal percussionist, and R&B singer with an operatic register, Linda Tillery is often hailed as the female counterpart to Bobby McFerrin. Her a cappella quintet, the Cultural Heritage Choir, draws from an African-American lineage of spirituals, field hollers, and old work songs. Seen live, she's dazzling. ... Sugar Pie DeSanto ( may no longer jump off pianos and land in a split, as she and James Brown used to do in tandem 48 years ago when she was a member of his revue, but at age 72 she can still roll her hips like Miss Wiggles and other shake dancers she encountered on the chitlin circuit in the '50s and '60s. On occasion, she even humps the legs of men in her audience.

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