Divisadero Art Walk
Let’s be honest here, everybody comes and goes to the city’s art walks, not really for the art, but an excuse to mob around local neighborhoods with your friends. Granted, the art can be pretty decent, but the dancing on the streets stands out more. If last week’s Lower Haight art walk was a Dali’s cauldron of free form jazz, D.I.Y punks, and aerosol paint spray, the Divis art walk is the folk, funk, and acrylic paint equivalent. If you want to see some quality art, just to say you saw some: go to Big Umbrella Studios. Then trap yourself in the giant crowd in front of Bean Bag cafe, twirling to some crazy hippy-folk.
Record Store Day
If you have only shopped at Amoeba records since moving into the city, then you need to work on loving your local music community. Amoeba is the best big record store chain in California, but the little ones give out so much big love. While there will be some excellent deals going on please check out these record stores, if you have not already: Aquarius Records (Strictly for the adventurous, eclectic, and open minded listeners), GROOVES Records (great rock and jazz selection, something for everybody), and Groove Merchant Records (they are keeping the funk alive).
April 17 Civic Center – Cherry Blossom Parade And Festival
Cherry blossoms always chime in the arrival of spring. Celebrate the season of rejuvenation and rebirth with a festival going all the way from the Civic Center to Japantown! Floats, Japanese folk music, and chicken teriyaki galore, Bonzai!
April 18 – Independent – !!!
Their latest album: “Strange Weather, Isn’t It?”, isn’t that great. !!! have been for the past decade restyling the sound of NY disco infused art-rock, but seem to be dulling their cowbells as “Strange Weather” doesn’t reflect any growth. However, this won’t stop from them being great live performers, keeping the people dancing on and on.
Fillmore – Dengue Fever
After my roommate, Billens Crow, showed me these guys for the first time, in sophomore year, I became hooked on Cambodian psychedelic rock and pop. It’s so catchy, dreamy, and absolutely funky. Dengue Fever, a reincarnation of Cambodia rock’s golden years, is one part L.A. white boys, one part native Cambodians. The cross-cultural result is a truly heart-felt Cambodian rock that’s both in English and Khmer.
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