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 (TheZoopyShow.com), 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 (SleepytimeGorillaMuseum.com) 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 (ExperimentalDental.com) 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 (FaunFables.net) 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 (MySpace.com/mushroomoakland), 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 (ScottAmendola.com) 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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