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April 2nd to April 16th

A rain soaked Easter Sunday night didn't diminish the hell raisin' fun of Von Iva's record release party at Slim's. Lead singer Jillian Von Iva strut the stage, teased the crowd as she let loose on all six songs off the bands just released self-titled EP. We were definitely asking for more. Von Iva is now on tour with the Bellrays, but we should all eagerly await the return of our very own soulshaking ladies.

A few days later, up the street, at the Cafe Du Nord, local singer songwriter, Nedelle celebrated the release of her latest disk, From the Lion's Mouth, with a solo set of mellow numbers that ranged from a new one for her father to a vivid take on Smokey Robinson's "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game". Nedelle will soon be of on a nationwide tour and then head to Europe for the summer.

Two great performances by two great local performers. More history making below:

Dizzee Rascal with DJ Wonder
The Independent
April 4th, 9 PM
$16 ~ 21 and over

The London underground hip-hop beatmaster follows up his British Mercury Prize (a first for a rapper) and his winning debut Boy in da Corner with Showtime, which Dizzee will showcase tonight at the Independent. Dizzee lays down gritty, urban lyrics over garage rock clips, experimental beeps and bhangra style beats to create a sound that makes one blogging fan, "wana skank out, jump about."

Andrew Bird with Laura Viers
12 Galaxies
April 7th, 9 PM
$10/$12 ~ 18 and over

Andrew was last in town supporting the sold out Ani DiFranco shows. Andrew is a solo artist with a big sound and a presence that has filled the likes of the Warfield. Bird plays violin, then he whistles, then he loops it together all while he sings along. He's acoustic, cryptically humorous and highly original. Andrew is touring in support of The Mysterious Production of Eggs. The New York Times framed Seattle songwriter Laura Viers sound as, "Reach[ing] from folksy to metaphysical."

Lost on Purpose readings, Sara Jaffe
Hemlock Tavern
April 10th, 9 PM
$5 ~ 21 and over

Been wondering what Erase Errata's former guitarist Sara Jaffe has been up to lately? Come find out. Sara will perform the music that will be the backdrop to the Madcat International Women's Film Festival. Readings from the just released collection of fiction by urban women, Lost on Purpose, is also part of the festivities.

The New Year with Silkworm and Calling All Monsters
Bottom of the Hill
April 15th, 10 PM
$10 ~ all ages

Matt and Bubba Kadane formed slowcore band BEDHEAD in 1992, which morphed into The New Year sometime around the turn of the century. The New Year tour in support of The End Is Near released last year on the Touch and Go Label. Label mates, Silkworm open with a set of stripped down hard rock in support of their ninth longplayer, It'll Be Cool.

The Lovemakers
Cafe Du Nord
April 15th, 9:30 PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

The Lovemakers send people home sweaty, happy and horny. The Oakland based eletro-rock dance trio fronted by Lisa Light are in their own words, "...[on a] mission to entertain, liberate and, yes, invite audiences to once again dance to a rock band." Love the Lovemakers. Openers to be announced.

Looking Ahead

The Bravery
Great American Music Hall
May 2nd

Sold out cross the country, the night after their Coachella gig and with two full weeks of R&R before they head to Japan; The Bravery are sure to rock gold dust off the walls of the Great American. Tickets are already dangerously close to being sayonara, so log on or head to the club's ultra convenient box office. You can also purchase tickets at the Slim's box office.

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