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Hot Summer Nights

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Oops, I did it again. Another late night with one of my friends has led into a morning deadline panic and bleary-eyed struggle session with the English language. It's OK, it was probably worth it. While I wasn't in a Paris salon or a New York City coffee klatch, I would like to think I had a more or less enlightening time. My friend Fink and I enjoyed homemade red beans and rice before we moved onto 40-ounce bottles of Mickey's and a deep dive into the Steely Dan discography looking for recognizable samples from the world of late-1980s hip hop. I tried ripping a few clouds on his tobacco vaporizer, which is my only real regret from the night, as my throat now feels like the blacktop scene of a desert drag race-turned disaster. The faint glow of the mango-flavor aftertaste is a cruel joke in the sober light of morning.

There's nothing to despair over in this coming week's musical offerings, though. We have a wide variety of fun options that I can safely say probably contain at least one good time for everyone out there in our happy little county. And the weather's been a treat and the fire season hasn't been too rough, which are both bankable blessings as far as I am concerned. What isn't a blessing, though, is the knowledge that the rest of that 40-ounce beer is lurking in my fridge, waiting to pounce. But that's my problem. To the rest of you, I wish you a wonderful and exciting  week.

Enjoy.

Thursday

The summer concert series in Pierson Park continues this evening at 6 p.m. You can enjoy the classic rock and oldies sounds of Band O Loko while having fun in the late afternoon sun of the grassy-sloped environs of McKinleyville's hidden jewel.

Friday

There's an experimental R&B show happening at the Miniplex tonight at 8:30 p.m. Local trio Comma Comma will be debuting two new Fender Rhodes, upright bass and sax-fueled jams, while visiting duo PIECES, which is made up of musicians Rose Cherami and IDHAZ on San Francisco's True Indigo record label, explores the occasionally harsh glitch side of dance music. ($5).

Saturday

It's the second day of the third annual Death in the Dunes metal festival at the Manila Community Center. Today's show starts at noon, and a one-day ticket will run you $20, which will allow you to enjoy a beer garden, various vendors and, of course, a massive line-up of bands that includes acts like Locust Furnace, Embryonic Devourment, Infex, GraveWitch, Scythe and the amusingly named Muppet Hunter.

If your tastes run more toward a softer and jammier psychedelic rock sound, you can certainly do a lot worse than checking out the Zen Mountain Poets at Blondies tonight at 8 p.m. ($5). The quintet is inspired by bands from the hippie renaissance of the 1960s, like Traffic, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. LodeStar will be playing as well.

Sunday

It's the final show of the musical Matilda at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts and today's performance is a family friendly matinee. This interpretation of the classic Roald Dahl story features a full orchestra and many local performers, including my friends Bryan and Kayla, who I can assure you have not threatened or otherwise coerced me into completing this write-up. The songbook is by popular Australian comedian Tim Minchin. (Adults $22-$30, children and seniors $19-$27).

Monday

The massive Los Angeles psyche rock warship helmed by Phil Pirrone and Andrew Clinco known as JJUUJJUU will rattle the wainscoting off of the Miniplex tonight. They will be joined by local brain-damaged journeymen White Manna, whose excellent new record Ape on Sunday I will be reviewing in these pages soon. Rounding out the bill is the always delightful Opossum Sun Trail. 8 p.m. ($7).

Tuesday

The Siren's Song has a stoney metal show going on tonight, just in time to bid your easy living midsummer days farewell. Bozeman, Montana's marijuana and distortion pedal aficionados Kannabyss will be joined by fellow townie tour buddies Liquid Colors for an evening of fine stoner metal. Local acts Ultramafic and Fever Dog will also be in on the fun tonight. 7 p.m. ($5).

Wednesday

Precious and good country chanteuse Miss Lana Rebel is making a stop in our county tonight, specifically at Siren's Song, to grace us with her perfect vintage sounds. She and her partner Kevin Michael Mayfield are on the road from their Tuscon, Arizona, home to spread the mid-century country western gospel. A stripped-down Moon Pine with just Nola and Dieter will open the evening, and having caught them last week at the Roselit Bone show, I can tell you that they are hot, hot, hot, and better than ever. 7:30 p.m. (price TBA).

Collin Yeo would like to tip his hat to the U.K. for somehow managing to elect a rich dipshit with even worse hair than our guy. He lives in Arcata.

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