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Friday, July 30, 2010

Bicycle Music Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, Meeting in the Ladies Room, and 400 Blows

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM

click to enlarge Judgement Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music Festival
  • Judgement Day plays Saturday at the Bicycle Music Festival

Stringed heavy metal acts operated by bicycle power, teenage dance parties, and legendary country-folk ingénues in the park -- San Francisco has it all this weekend for less than the cost of a few pounds of organic summer fruit. Here's our list of events for under $10 during this fine final weekend of July.

Fake Your Own Death @ Make-Out Room (Fri.)
San Francisco's Fake Your Own Death boasts an accurately macabre band name; its music fits the gloomy bill. With hints of Joy Division and Interpol, Fake Your Own Death freely embraces the darker side of music, though with a charming addition -- as has been noted many times, the band's vocals strongly recall those of The National's Matt Berninger. The band's Friday night show at the Make-Out Room is both an album release celebration and a new video debut party. ($7, 7:30 p.m.)

Teenage Dance Craze @ The Knockout (Fri.)
We're just dreaming, but here is our dream: to see dive-bar dancers whose attention to detail matches the obsession of Bay Area vintage-music DJs. For example, at Lonely Teardrops' doo-wop night about a year ago, we lost our composure and requested a Claudine Clark song. "I have one," the DJ said, looking guilty. "But Claudine Clark is girl group, not doo-wop, so I might get in trouble with the other DJs. They're pretty strict." Can you imagine the dancers who would go with that? If we were to find them, said rumpbumpers would undoubtedly show up, dressed to the goddamn nines, at The Teenage Dance Craze Party, presided over by Beatle-booted thugs DJs Sergio Iglesias and Russell Quan, and dX the Funky Gran Paw.
($3, 10 p.m.)-- Hiya Swanhuyser


Indonesia Day @ Union Square (Sat.) 
San Francisco's Indonesia Day is the largest Indonesian cultural event in the U.S. This totally free Union Square fest features traditional dancing and music, craft vendors and authentic Indonesian cuisine -- think fried wraps, noodles, peanut sauce and other tasty options. The 17th annual event will include live music by 60-member Balinese group Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Gamelan X, Tania Gunadi, and Meeghan Henry, among others. (Free, 11 a.m.)

Renegade Craft Fair @ Fort Mason (Sat. and Sun.) 
This is it, the epic craft fair you've been waiting for. On Sunday, the Renegade Craft Fair returns to blustery Fort Mason, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Here, 225 indie crafters will gather to sell their DIY wares, and crowds will likely swarm with shopping anticipation. Along with crafts for sale, the third annual S.F. installment of the event will include free pictures by the Magnolia Photobooth Co. all weekend long and live music by jug band Thee Hobo Gobbelins at 2 p.m. Sunday. What's more, attendees can participate in idiosyncratic workshops. There's one focusing on emiko oye, there's Shana Astrachan's "Accessorize with Toys" demo and even The Scarving Artists' Knit-In (knit and crochet crash-courses). Arrive early, shop freely. (Free, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.)

Bicycle Music Festival @ Golden Gate Park (Sat.) 
Have you ever seen a music fest completely powered by bicycles? Here's your chance. The 15-band, mobile-stage Bicycle Music Festival features a 2,000-watt, pedal-powered PA system that will be spun up in Golden Gate Park this Saturday. Live acts include soulful rocker Sean Hayes, astounding string metal act Judgement Day, hip-hop jazz act Spaceheater and more. Note visits from Fossil Fool the Bike Rapper and bike dancing crew The Derailleurs. (Free, 12- 10 p.m.)

Tony O'Neill @ The Booksmith (Sat.) 
The press notes describe Tony O'Neill's new novel, Sick City, as "rollicking," but a better description would be "barreling down Sunset Strip on meth at 90 mph." O'Neill's prose is something of a perpetual motion machine: As soon as he starts going, its energy is infinitely self-sustaining. It revitalizes the literary take on the junkie Los Angeles that exists beneath the burnt-out streetlights -- the L.A. Jim Carroll claimed for his own -- though O'Neill makes for a formidable heir to the throne. Sick City follows two desperate junkies as they try to sell a notorious sex tape showing Steve McQueen, Mama Cass, Yul Brynner, and Sharon Tate banging the night away in a drug-fueled orgy. As the two try to outrun the consequences of their past actions, they encounter a more debauched and bizarre Hollywood underground than even Glenn Beck could hallucinate in his most paranoid fever dream. (Free, 7:30 p.m.) -- Paul M. Davis

Meeting in the Ladies Room @ Madrone Art Bar (Sat.) 

This one goes out to the ladies. DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris will spin wide-spanning hits exclusively sung by members of the fairer sex -- think Klymaxx (whose 1980s hit cocaine-fueled dance jam gave the event its name), Madonna, Kid Sister, Bjork, and many more. There also will be some well-respected classics in there as well, such as songs from the Pointer Sisters and Grace Jones. Don't worry fellas, this one's open to you too. Just remember who to R-E-S-P-E-C-T. ($5, 9 p.m.)

400 Blows @ The Knockout (Sat.) 
The band 400 Blows (not to be confused with the Truffaut film or the "A Clockwork Orange" quote of the same name) harkens back to a simpler time -- the late '90s -- when men drummed hard, singers yelled loudly, and a now-defunct San Diego label called Gold Standard Labs (GSL) pumped music through the veins of young thrashers in California. Though 400 Blows released two albums on GSL, the band itself is L.A. to its core. Sweaty shows, angular guitars and a no-frills punk aesthetic solidified its place as LA's premiere garage band. 400 Blows plays Saturday at the Knockout with Turks and Swann Danger. ($8, 10 p.m.)

Rickie Lee Jones @ Stern Grove (Sun.) 
Rickie Lee Jones is a living legend. She of bluesy, country and jazzy hits spanning three decades, she of infamous Rolling Stones covers performed while cowering below a red beret, she, the self-anointed "Duchess of Coolsville." And you can see Jones perform live for absolutely free this weekend as part of the ongoing Stern Grove Festival. Soak in her cool voice, storied lyrics and plucked guitar. Meklit Hadero & Sloat Blvd. open the show. (Free, 2 p.m.)

Il Gato @ Hemlock (Sun.)
Il Gato lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Daimian Holiday Scott told SF Weekly back in May that if he had to compare his band to a SF neighborhood, he'd pick the Mission. "It is steeped in history, but with all the styles, diversity, and change that is afoot it seems a little ambiguous. You turn the corner and where you least expect it, there is all of a sudden some type of magic." Indefinite magic is key here. You can't quite put your finger on what makes this bluesy indie band so good, but you can't stop listening listening anyway. Perhaps it's the haunting vocals, the easygoing acoustic guitar, or the addition of instruments like melodica, mandolin, and standup bass. Whatever the reason, it's a mesmerizing listen. Il Gato plays the Hemlock this Sunday with Bill Baird, Jesse Woods ($6 9 p.m.)

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