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Landon Christensen

Not your Grammies Grammys

The 2012 Grammy Awards broadcast was the second highest-viewed Grammy show in its history. No doubt Whitney Houston’s recent death had an impact. It was a recurring theme throughout the night. The tributes were tastefully done. LL Cool J opened with a prayer. It was an odd sight though, seeing Lady Gaga somberly bowing her […]

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Country singer kicks off big-name series at The Davis Graduate

Check it out Who: Country singer David Nail When: 8:30 p.m. Friday Where: The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. Tickets: $22 presale, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com; $27 at the door; patrons must be 18 or older Put on your cowboy boots and hats, country music fans, and head to The Davis Graduate, the premier country spot in town. […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

It’s the End of Music as We Know it

The music industry, as we know it, is on life support and facing extinction. I recently ran into an old friend who has been in the music industry for over a decade. I have nothing but respect for this woman- who I’ll call “Mary.” With passion, enthusiasm and a tireless work ethic, Mary built a […]

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Favorite Time of Year

It’s my favorite time of year. No, not Christmas- it’s time for top-albums-of-the-year. This year I’m going off the pop-culture grid, avoiding all music blogs, focusing on my favorites albums. This way you’re privy to lesser known albums not part of the music elite consensus. You may love these or hate ’em but at least […]

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Local Goodness

“How’s the local music scene?” you wonder? “Anything goin’ on in our sleepy little town?” “Goin’ great,” I say “Plenty is happening.” I saw Shayna and the Bulldog and The Dirt Feelin at the new G Street Wunderbar. Both played fantastic sets. Shayna recently lost its original drummer but gained a new one, who more […]

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Nachmanoff concert Sunday benefits Kiwanis Family House

Thanksgiving just passed, but we can still give thanks to those in need. Local singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff is hosting an afternoon concert Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the Kiwanis Family House at the UC Davis Medical Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $20 […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

A November to Remember

This November is a month I’ll remember for live hip-hop. First up was Curren$y and Method Man at Ace of Spades in Sacramento. As a massive Curren$y fan, I had high expectations and he did not disappoint. With a cast on his leg, Curren$y sat on a sofa the entire show. It actually made sense […]

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Sample new artists on KDVS label

Hear more What: KDVS Recordings’ dance party When: Friday evening, and the last Friday of each month Where: Delta of Venus, 122 B St., (530) 753-8639 Info: http://recordings.kdvs.org Freeform community radio station KDVS, 90.3 FM, has an unfortunate stigma attached to it: strange, experimental music for socially awkward, hipster art students. While that set does exist, […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Nachmanoff kick-starts his new CD with a quintessential Davis party

Folk singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff grew up in the suburbs of Virginia, but he’s a self-proclaimed “Davis guy.” It’s fitting that a Davis guy would have his CD release show at a quintessential Davis venue, the N Street Cohousing Common House; show time is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 716 N St. Admission is $20 donation […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Somethin’ in the Water

“Keep Davis Boring” I take umbrage with that bumper sticker. I get the sentiment — don’t make Davis another strip-mall, cookie-cutter town — but Davis is far from boring. I feel blessed to have grown up here. To a greater extent, being a Californian is pretty awesome. Spent six years living in Humboldt, which feels […]

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99 Problems

Like many folks, I’m a creature of habit who found comfort in adhering to a strict routine. Frankly, I needed a kick in the butt to get me out of my comfort zone. A major plus from all this is reconnecting with a longtime friend, “Ms. Jackson.” Ms. J and I recently watched “Get Thrashed: […]

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k.d. lang goes back to her roots

Details Who: k.d. lang When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $41-$76 general, $21-$39 students; (530) 754-2787 or www.mondaviarts.org What better place to see the “cow-punk” princess, k.d. lang, than the cow town of Davis? Lang and the Siss Boom Bang, along with Teddy Thompson, will […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Mondavi Center | Tagged ,

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

I needed a change in venue. My friend suggested we check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. It was free, we could crash at his cousin’s, why not? It was much more than just strictly bluegrass. We arrived late Saturday afternoon, in time to see Steve Earl. Cousin informed me that Steve […]

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Enjoy a slice of Cake next week at Freeborn Hall

Dig in What: Cake When: 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7 Where: Freeborn Hall, UC Davis Tickets: $32 in advance, $42 at the door; (530) 752-1915 and tickets.com Music fans are in for a treat: You can have your Cake and see them two times, as they play back-to-back shows next week at UC […]

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