SFO3 1996

12:30 a.m. -- Tadpole features the fabulous Surreal Neil from Super Diamond

Paradise Lounge
1501 Folsom, 861-6906
9 p.m. -- Zenner are four men from Berkeley edging the cut of alternative

9:30 p.m. -- Lucy Lee started her career performing singing telegrams and the occasional cowboy movie song; this sweet-voiced lass recently won two awards in the national "Rockrgrl" contest for her firey brand of American music -- it's a little country, a little rock, a little folk, a little R&B

9:30 p.m. -- Small Time Napoleans
10 p.m. -- Pluto is a Canadian quartet that creates a delicious dichotomy of rough and smooth with its barbed and memorable pop songs; this much energy can't be legal

10:30 p.m. -- Mumblin' Jim is advanced lounge-hop SFO3; no prerequisite required; bring a pencil

10:30 p.m. -- New EZ Devils perform sultry, surfy pop-noir that includes violin and cello

11 p.m. -- 50 Paces perform fired-up garage rock with a refreshing simplicity; this Seattle band has a lot in common with Son Volt and the Bottle Rockets in its honest, rootsy approach and no-nonsense writing

Midnight -- Dolorosa features ex-members of 4 Non Blondes, Liquid Sky, Thrill Kill Cult, and Reckonball; they play dynamic pop that sounds like a meeting between American Music Club, HYsker DY, and Guided by Voices

Paragon
3251 Scott, 922-2456
9:30 p.m. -- Naked Sol presents dynamic soulful grooves

11 p.m. -- Occams Razor is a logic theorem that states that "the best solution to a problem is always the simplest"; this local outfit combines great melodies, ripping guitar parts, and lyrics filled with the struggle between abstraction and emotion

Slim's
333 11th St., 255-0333
8:15 p.m. -- Marginal Prophets perform humorous, street-savvy hip hop with funky beats, clever lyrics, and a frantic stage presence; one of the MCs is the author/cartoonist of the K Chronicles; the band celebrates the release of its debut CD, Twist the Nob, which will make you laugh, think, and dance

9:15 p.m. -- Tang! is a nine-member funk troupe with ex-members of Zircus
10:30 p.m. -- Curveball performs retro funk with an attitude
Midnight -- Mo'fessionals provide supercharged funk rock in the style of Parliament or Tower of Power but keep it fresh with a wicked bite à la Public Enemy

S.M.A.R.T. Minna
along Minna between Second Street & New Montgomery, 789-8044
6 p.m. -- Films & Videos by Craig Baldwin, Dave Richardson, Blue Dot, and Back Alley Studios

6 p.m. -- Media & Multimedia features zines such as City Culture, XLR8R, and On the One; interactive CDs by Om Records; Internet broadcasting by Blue Dot; radio broadcasting; and large-format Net surfing by City Culture magazine

6 p.m. -- DJ Laron is from Mushroom Jazz, Up'nAtom, and Tongue 'n' Groove
7 p.m. -- Soulstice performs electronic soul
8 p.m. -- Dubtribe performs ambient dub
9 p.m. -- DJ Jonah Sharp is from Space Time Continuum

10 p.m. -- Fashion Show includes designs by Chaiken and Capone, Todd Oldham, Soulution, Stoner Generation, Wyt, Lip Service, and Rotor; makeup by MAC, hair by Architects and Heroes

10:30 p.m. -- Velocepte performs experimental electronic dub
11 p.m. -- DJ Polywog is from Womb and Tongue 'n' Groove
11 p.m. -- DJ Casper is from On the One
11:30 p.m. -- Telefunken performs electro-funk
12:30 a.m. -- DJ Mauricio is from Metro Jazz
1 a.m. -- DJ Franky is from Metro Jazz

Star Cleaners
255-9459
9:30 p.m. -- Low Speed Brain Plow
10:30 p.m. -- Robots in Disguise perform exciting, poetic, psychedelic pop
11:30 p.m. -- Staticfaction
12:30 a.m. -- Trace

Transmission Theater
314 11th St., 861-6906
8:30 p.m. -- The Katharine Chase Band is an American rock band with a Texas twist; rootsy and cool with iron-strong vocals, they put together a gutsy show

9:30 p.m. -- Her Majesty the Baby is edgy yet melodic female-fronted alternative rock that combines lilting harmonies, elliptical lyrics, danceable hooks, and rocking guitars

10:30 p.m. -- Train is an eclectic modern rock band that falls somewhere between the Jayhawks and Crowded House

11:30 p.m. -- Cake is a five-piece from Sacto that twists funk, country, mariachi, and gospel riffs around lyrics that would make Captain Beefheart proud -- he's reportedly a big fan; look for Fashion Nugget, their second release on Capricorn

12:30 a.m. -- Sunfur combines roots rock with rhythms from African, Middle Eastern, and Native American cultures; its unique world rock lends itself to visually powerful performances

Trocadero
520 Fourth St., 995-4600
9 p.m. -- Skeletones are a ska septet that blends soul, jazz, rock, and reggae into giddy, bone-shaking tunes; new CD Dr. Bones will be in stores in August

10 p.m. -- Let's Go Bowling is skankin' its way across the United States and Canada

11 p.m. -- Cherry Poppin' Daddies are a horn-driven ensemble from Portland that finds inspiration in the music of everything from Iggy Pop to Duke Ellington

Up & down Club
1151 Folsom, 626-2388
10 p.m. -- Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble is a seven-piece outfit centered around the percussive wizardry of Up & down's favorite drummer; they are beautifully showcased on the Up & down Club's CD series and are at the forefront of San Francisco's new jazz scene

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