From Dusk Till Dawn ... 

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

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The East Bay has a lot of weird bands, and chief among them is the Zoopy Show (, a costumed electro-dance-punk outfit featuring monstrous puppets, scantily clad go-go dancers, and a trench-coated MC named "Speed." ... We pretty much bow down and worship anything that Sleepytime Gorilla Museum ( tries. Extremely heavy, sometimes totally dissonant, its music always returns to huge percussion or string themes that resonate long after the screaming is gone. This isn't a band for everyone; SGM says its fans tend to be nerdy hessians. ... Living up to the "experimental" in its name, Experimental Dental School ( mashes tortured melodies against fractured noise, restlessly bounding between toe tapping and confounding. It's What-the-Hell-Is-Going-On arty randomness. ... Oakland neo-folk outfit Faun Fables ( features vocalist and songwriter Dawn McCarthy alongside Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, plus Meredith Yayanos (violin and theremin) and Kirana Peyton (harmonium and percussion). Their music is a spectacular, theatrical package that's bound for the stage. ... A bunch of friends want to see some live music: One is a jam-band fan, another digs Krautrock, another loves groove-oriented jazz, and still another hasn't outgrown '60s rock. How to potentially please all these seemingly disparate tastes? Only one band: Mushroom (, a collective that surveys classic rock song structures and freewheeling improvisation, anchored by solid, earthy rhythms. Truly trippy. ... A prolific and internationally renowned contributor to the improv and experimental scene, drummer Scott Amendola ( got his start with Charlie Hunter, expanded as a bandleader in his own outfit, and contributes to such projects as the piano-less trio Plays Monk and the orchestral-minded Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core, whose lineup includes a saxophonist and two drummers. ... Avant-garde improvisation? Free jazz? Future music? Leading Bay Area bassist Damon Smith is a left-field "noise" head who makes music that doesn't always sound like music.

Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret Acts


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