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Great Night Out

April 16 - 30

For most ardent music fans, the thrill is all about the discovery of the latest new band or cool new innovative song. Nobody has epitomized this more than the "Mayor of Sunset Strip" Rodney "on-the- ROQ" Bingenheimer. All music fans should check out this documentary during its limited engagement run here in town. Throughout this bittersweet documentary, I found myself floored by both the soundtrack and by all the artists that he had championed, everyone from Bowie and Blondie to the Smiths, Coldplay and No Doubt.

Representing the true eclectic mix of music that can be found playing every week in this great city, here are several shows where our local rock talent gets the chance to shin in supporting and headlining roles, as well as artists coming in from Boston, LA, New York's Lower East Side, and the UK. Here's a great list of picks to guide your Great Night Out:

For Chix about to ROCK- WE SALUTE YOU!!!

1. April 16th Friday: Hell's Belles, Hellfire Choir (SF)
@ Bottom of the Hill
Time: 10 : 00 pm (doors at 8:30)
Admission: $12, 18 and over

Hellfire Choir, I Can Lick Any S.O.B.

What a better of a way to spend a Friday night, totally rocking out, than to chix that rock and shoot to thrill. Headliners Hell's Belles (http://www.hellsbelles.info) from Seattle will shake you all night long playing ALL AC/DC, ALL the time!

Local Band: HellFire Choir
Proclaimed women who do rock- Shelley Cardiff & Michelle Weeks on guitars and vocals, Carmela Thompson on bass and Eric Davenport on drums- are all that. Four words say it all: fast, dirty, heavy, and sexy. And with comparisons to L7 and Hole, these gals will kick yer ass and ass's ass too.

Dread at the Control's!

2. April 18th Sunday: Mikey Dread
@ The Independent
Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
admission: $12 Adv / $14 Door

Mikey Dread & the Dread at the Controls Band. Mikey Dread a.k.a. Michael Campbell is one of the most influential performers and innovators of reggae music. His abilities, technical expertise and unique vocal delivery combine to create a distinctive sound that tells the listener emphatically that it is the "Dread at the Controls." Championed in the '80's by the Clash on their Bankerobber/Rocker's Galore Singles and Sandinista, his voice authenticated their rocker-dub sound to new dimensions. His riddems have defined reggae and have helped with its global development. From "Pave The Way" to "Breaking Down the Walls", there is a unique blend found in the man that everyone seems to see as "Dread at the Controls". Be sure to catch this rare Bay Area appearance!

Rock Music is supposed to be FUN... Iggy Pop

3. Friday April 23rd, Friday: The Dan Band & Recliner (SF)
@ Bimbos
Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $18

"Turn around, bright eyes, every time I turn around I fall apart..." For those who found themselves laughing at the wedding band scene in Old School, you know what you're exactly going to see with the Dan Band. This LA band has been selling out shows with their wacky chick songs from Bonnie Tyler to Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls".

Local Band on the Rise: Recliner

It's pretty commonplace these days to roll into a club five minutes after the headlining band has already started their set. Well, this is one show you don't want to do that for. Recliner is an indie band that's been getting a lot of attention as of late. The band plays a contagious, danceable rock, a la The Pixies/Cheap Trick/Social Distortion. With their first video "All Pleasure" in rotation on FUSE Music Television, they've been getting airplay on college stations across the country and as far as Chile. Recliner describe their new CD, "Make A Friend" as "the soundtrack for a '72 Nova barreling down the Great Highway at dusk, dodging potholes, drunks and sand drifts."

Besides even I learned to at an early age to obey KUSF's Mistress Jet who raves:"... next to girls wrestling in bacon grease, Recliner is right up there in my favorite while-in-a-bar-sporting-a-cocktail activities I would not pass up! Their catchy, pounding, defiant, neurotic performance will make you want to shake your ass.

East Cost Funk!

4. April 24th Saturday: Addison Groove Project & DJ Enki
@ Elbo Room
Doors: 10:00 PM | Show: 10:00 PM
Ages: 21+

When the Elbo Room lives up to its name and gets moving on a Saturday Night, you can't deny the good vibes. Tearing up stages on the East Coast, Boston's hottest funk band, Addison Groove Project makes their first West Coast trip. These Boston boys been have been perfecting their funky fusion for over seven years, recalling elements of the late 60's to early 80's artists like Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jimmy Smith, Parliament/Funkadelic, etc. They also adeptly fuse the rock elements of Led Zeppelin, The Talking Heads, and The Beatles into their unique jazzy grooves to create experimental compositions that are best heard live and direct.

Future Primitive Sounds' DJ Enki opens the show and spins the breaks. On the decks is DJ Enki to deliver the crowd-rockin' beats from classic Funk and Soul to Hip-Hop.

Now it's the Boys Turn to Rock the Bottom of the Hill!

5. April 24th Saturday: Cheetah Chrome from Dead Boys, The Jack Saints (SF)
@ Bottom of the Hill
Time: 10:00 pm (doors at 8:30)
Admission: $10, all ages

The Bottom of the Hills brings in Cheetah Chrome, one of the first guitar heroes of American punk rock. Forming the seminal Dead Boys in 1977 with their classic album "Young, Loud and Snotty", the Dead Boys helped launch the punk explosion at CBGB. Sparked by Chrome's powerful guitar work, the band's reputation grew for their intense live shows. Check out this living legend also appearing with SF Punk Rock Icon's: The Jack Saints and their American Voodoo and the band Sweet Justice featuring members of The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, The BellRays and ADZ.

Local Music Spotlight!

6. April 30th, Friday: Two Gallants & Mello Drunk
@ Cafe Du Nord
Show: 9:00 PM
Admission: $8.00

San Francisco's garage-folk-punk duo Two Gallants are Adam and Tyson on drums, guitar, vocals, harmonica, and piano. With eclectic ranging from Skip James, Robert Wilkins, and John Fahey to formerly local punk bands Operation Ivy and Hickey. Two Gallants are gaining a reputation for their live performances. Their debut album, 'The Throes' is scheduled for release this month.

Mello Drunk:
Recalling the 12 string- jangley classic sound of the Byrds with the neo-psychedelic sounds of the Church, Mello Drunks captivating and moving songcraft is winning over Bay Area audiences. Their release on Not Lame Records, "Everybody Knows You're are Star", is described as "blending beautifully influences of Pernice Brothers and Elliot Smith and haunting melodies and dark 12-string and acoustic strumming..." (add "Sister Lovers"-era BigStar in there). Mellow Drunk is usually a quiet affair, but always one that is engaging, intriguing and leave one with an impression of something fresh and truly original.