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Ethel Cee Ready to Start a Ruckus at JB’s Sept. 11

Johnny Brenda’s is about to gain some serious junk in their trunk tonight when the Beats & Rhymes production and MC showcase makes it’s way to potentially turn my favorite little two-story indie venue into one when the second floor collapses from all the bumpin’/grindin’. The whole affair will be hosted by fiery female MC Ethel Cee whose laid back 808 beats and hard-hitting flow will keep the crowd entertained throughout the night. Her lyrics are dense and fairly harsh, but her smoky voice is calm and confident in a way that eases the intensity of her delivery. This will be a great opportunity too hear Philly hip hop new and old so don’t miss out! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

Rosetta Album Release Party at North Star Bar Sept.11

Sometimes it’s grueling to find the proper lexis for an artist’s sound when they’ve summed it up so nicely for you. At least, that’s the case with Rosetta. The Philly metal four-piece, which rose out of the ashes of hometown beasts Mykado, Sundayrest, and Sense Fracture in 2003, self-describes their music as “metal for astronauts” - “a sonic expression”, as they put it, satisfying to those who’ve surpassed Earth’s atmosphere (both physically or metaphysically, of course). It’s an encumbered delineation that does my job for me. But if that’s not enough for you, I’ll give it a shot: Rosetta churns out experimental, multi-layered metal slow-burners that are canorous, gnostic and scorching (for proper introduction to the Translation Loss Records-signed outfit, download 2005’s The Galilean Satellites). They’re also almost empyrean - cosmic build-ups and penetrating breakdowns that transport you to a higher state of consciousness. It’s not post-punk, post-hardcore or post-anything (by the way, the guys “oppose” that subgenre prefix). It’s just music with a larger objective. So if you want to lose yourself in new dimension, go to the North Star tonight for Rosetta’s album release party, and maybe stay for bill sharers Caspian, Japanese Sunday and Austria’s Lehnen.North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Andrew Weiss) - Annamarya Scaccia

Young Man on Daytrotter


Today's Daytrotter session features one of Chicago's rising star's Young Man. Since releasing his debut ep Boy Colin Caulfield has been all over the web. You can check out his Daytrotter session here


Tonight! Grass Widow record release at Cyclone Warehouse with Shannon and The Clams!

Don't miss Grass Widow tonight as they celebrate the arrival of Past Time on Kill Rock Stars. The all ages show is on the cheap side ($5-10) sliding scale and also features sets by Shannon and The Clams as well as film projections from Oddball Films and Wu Li Leung.The fun begins at 7om at Cyclone Warehouse (1842 Illinois Ave, SF)

You can also check out Grass Widow performing tomorrow at Amoeba on Haight at 2pm. This will be you last chance to check out the threesome before they embark on a three month US and Europe tour.

Grass Widow - Fried Egg from Kill Rock Stars on Vimeo.

-Nicole Leigh





This is an extremely late notice report. I just found out one of my favorite solo projects is playing a house show tonight. Dewey Mahood of Eternal Tapestry’s side project, Plankton Wat.

In my advancing age, I’m experiencing crowd anxieties. And as much as I’m a fan of the rock, I’m also becoming more of a fan of things that are away from the mainstream—example: MusicFest NW. And really, they have enough support. Do they need one more aging and self-important hipster music nerd?

Dewey of Plankton Wat put out arguably the best psych record of last year, entitled Dawn of the Golden Eternity on DNT Records. It was equal parts loner blues, John Fahey-style folk guitar workout, and acid-drenched stoner jams. Plankton Wat will be playing with Selaroda from Oakland, CA.— Michael Henning of The Why Because solo project. Also on tap will be Stag Hare from Portland.

The location is The Wail at 5135 NE 42nd Ave. @ Sumner. The time is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

- Chappy


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