SFO3 1996

7:30 p.m. -- The Gun & Doll Show is a boy and a girl; a musical score; a melody you can't get out of your head

8:30 p.m. -- Swingin' Doors sound like if the Velvet Underground had played honky-tonk instead of blowing up plastic in Warhol's studio, only better; the Doors mingle cynicism with sentiment for a San Francisco-flavored sweetness

Bruno's
2389 Mission, 550-7455
9 p.m. -- Nakea Hawaiians

Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market, 861-5016
9 p.m. -- Sloe Gin Joes are a red-hot rockabilly trio with a bluesy groove; their drummer may be one of the best in the Bay Area

11 p.m. -- Big Six is Britain's premier big beat combo; they combine the power of James Brown's horns with the drive of Bill Haley's rhythm section and they all wear plaid

Cat's Grill & Alley Club
1190 Folsom, 431-3332
9 p.m. -- Dog Lips is a four-piece groove-oriented unit

9:30 p.m. -- Dervish hammers out burnished pop melodies over urban grooves, screaming violins, and heavy guitar, bringing together elements of alternative funk and British Invasion-era rock

10 p.m. -- Pleasure Circus are those daredevils of the high-wire act who show no limitations with their death-defying, hair-raising feats; marvel at them as they show their prowess in the air and on the ground

10:30 p.m. -- Castles in Spain is like sipping red wine and smoking hashish from a hookah; with a Castilian/Moorish flavor, the band takes you on a spiritual field trip through the darker recesses of the soul

Chameleon
853 Valencia, 821-1891
10 p.m. -- Beak is a monomaniacal halftone train wreck of free-jazz punk with dynamically structured chaos, plus happy, country indie-pop with radio potentiality

11 p.m. -- Molecules are a hardcore, noise-guitar, prog-rock trio

Club Cocodrie
1024 Kearny, 986-6678
7:30 p.m. on -- Danielle Willis performs spoken word during set changes
7:30 p.m. -- Ozone performs funky freedom rock
8:10 p.m. -- Fine

8:50 p.m. -- Ripp King performs rhythmic melodic rock that combines musical agility and seductive sounds

9:30 p.m. -- Ring Children perform swirling, dark-wave, psychedelic grooves drenched in sex

10:15 p.m. -- Galaxy Chamber conjures images of Gregorian chants, coloratura soprano, supercharged guitar, and a jazzed-up corps of Nigerian drummers playing at a witches' Sabbath in a cathedral

11:30 p.m. -- God's Girlfriend performs gender-bending industrial music with a gothic edge

12:10 a.m. -- Fantasia performs chunky female-led rock
12:40 a.m. -- Silent Reign performs modern heavy rock with an emphasis on heavy-duty guitar work

Hamburger Mary's
1582 Folsom, 626-1985
8 p.m. -- Kerry Hansen is a prolific craftsman playing country music with a loose spirit, a 100-proof kick, and more hooks than a tackle box

9 p.m. -- Frank Novicki is influenced by the ghosts of American music -- hard hillbilly, country blues, and splashes of old-time jazz; he writes folksy, lighthearted songs about food, relationships, and cocktails

Heartbreak
1821 Haight, 666-0800
"Chico Indie Rock Fest"
5 p.m. -- Kick 'Em
6 p.m. -- Mid-Fi
7 p.m. -- Land of the Wee Beasties
8 p.m. -- Death Star
9 p.m. -- Uncle Roscoe

Hotel Utah
500 Fourth St., 421-8308
8:30 p.m. -- Ashia performs tasty originals with vocals reminiscent of a prettier Melissa Etheridge

9:30 p.m. -- Pot Kettle Black

Il Pirata
2007 16th St., 626-2626
"Afternoon Show"
4 p.m. -- Howling King Crawdaddies
5 p.m. -- Dolls for the Millions
6 p.m. -- Rocket Horse is a narcoleptic lunatic circus
7 p.m. -- Soda performs very '90s rock
8 p.m. -- Suddenly Three

Infusion
555 Second St., 543-2282
9 p.m. -- Eric McFadden & Friends Liar's exceptional guitarist plays music ranging from Southwestern carnival to flamenco country and blues

Midnight -- The Commons are an eclectic groove-based rock band with four singer/songwriters who are rapidly emerging as a major creative force in the world of unsigned acts

Kilowatt
3160 16th St., 861-2595
8 p.m. -- Jack & Jill perform melodic pop with ex-members of Camper Van Beethoven

9 p.m. -- Lava plays pop-influenced punk rock; advice: Take nothing seriously and drink too much coffee

10 p.m. -- The Loud Family are experimental in their use of bizarre time signatures and spontaneous song structures; only the adventurous need apply

Paradise Lounge
1501 Folsom, 861-6906
"Surf Band Spectacular"
8:45/10:45 p.m. -- Aquamen
9:15 p.m. -- Pollo Del Mar
10 p.m. -- Woodies

10:30 p.m. -- John Sinclair is a New Orleans-based performer who delivers investigative poetry with themes of blues and jazz history; he managed the MC5, and is the ex-chairman of the White Panther Party

11:20 p.m. -- Penetrators

Paragon
3251 Scott, 922-2456
9 p.m. -- Red Clay is an L.A. octet that creates an urban international sound steeped in the traditions of jazz, hip hop, and samba

Trocadero
520 Fourth St., 995-4600
"Punk Rock Sunday"
7:30 p.m. -- Sopa de Muertos
8:15 p.m. -- Your Mother
9 p.m. -- Muscle Bitches
9:45 p.m. -- Workin' Stiffs
10:30 p.m. -- Damnation
11:15 p.m. -- Electric Frankenstein
Midnight -- D.I.

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