As a former and sometimes current journalist, I appreciate efforts to keep ancient art forms alive, thus a shout-out to chamber music aficionados SquarPeg
, appearing in concert at the Fortuna Monday Club on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. SquarPeg is dedicated to exploring chamber music for the 21st century. From the press release: "Considering the abundance of information from other musical cultures at our fingertips, it is not hard to imagine the idea of small acoustic ensembles assimilating some of those influences into a chamber music lexicon." Now, being unfamiliar with chamber music (evidence of my disadvantaged childhood), I actually can't imagine this, so here's some more from the release: "The group draws on the rhythms and melodic and harmonic structures of such diverse traditions as French musette, western popular song, Arabic maqam and American jazz, and presents the old wine of traditional themes in the new bottles of a decidedly nontraditional instrumentation." There ya go! Tickets are $10 general, $8 students and seniors.
A different type of unconventional occurs at the ATL with the celebration of local producer and promoter ONHELL
's first album, Use. ONHELL — Angel Rubio-Hale — has been a fixture on the Northern California party scene and comes equipped with vintage synthesizers, cutting edge production tools and, most notably, a drive for experimentation. Also being celebrated is the release of Eprom's new LP Halflife — yes, that's right, an LP — and its minimalist offering of low-slung rhythmic transformation, deep bass and dark melodies. Rounding out the night is San Francisco's Grenier. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. with happy hour food and beverage prices until 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance and $15 limited advance. This show is 21-and-over.
Nipplepotamus at The Works
And now for your weekly rock fix! The talented Nipplepotamus
sets the Alibi alight with a most entrancing version of psychedelic surf jams. SF's The Connies
add old school punk to the night's scene. All for only $5! Typical late start — around 11 p.m. — and the show is 21-and-over.