September Show Recommendations | by contributor Anthony Siino

This weekend is incredible for the chaos junkies when it comes to Sacramento's buffet of live music, but there are wonderful options for those who like their sounds a bit softer as well. Shall we?

*KUTZ Presents Half-Fest: In case you hadn't heard, our IndieGoGo campaign was completely funded, meaning that we've got the funds to go ahead with broadcasting. Of course, such things take time, so until we start taking over your ears long-distance, we've got something a bit more immediate. Boy Romeo, Lather Machine, House Show, Matthew Mora, So Much Light and Elijah Mead help us celebrate, and if you've donated to help us achieve our funding, check your email to see if we've given you a free pass at the door. (Don't worry if you didn't. Doors are a sliding scale between $5-$20, so give what you can and have a blast with us.) Hit Red Museum (212 15th Street) at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 2, and we'll have a grand old time.

*Instagon: Time to get mathy. Not methy. Just mathy. Local enigma Instagon headlines this set of out-there math jams from Curse League, Electric Snorkel and Plots. It'll be intricate, technical and overwhelmingly stimulating, so get cranked up on caffeine and be ready to have your mind blown. Show starts early at 5 p.m. at Press Club (2030 P Street) on Sunday, September 4. Costs $7 to get in.

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*Phobia: If all that sounds too tame for you, then Starlite Lounge (1517 21st Street) up the road is hosting grindcore legends Phobia that very same Sunday. They'll be playing with Nomads, Columbian Necktie, Augurs and RAD. I'm gonna level with you guys: This lineup is insane. First off, if you're into local music, you already understand how rad RAD is, and you might have a sense of how amazing Augurs from Oakland is. Second, nobody's making music like Colombian Necktie's blend of sludge and rockin' hardcore right now. Third, Phobia, maaaaaan. Phobia. If you have a single ounce of love in your heart for fast, aggressive music, you can't miss this one. $12 in advance and $14 at the door, with everything kicking off some time around 7 p.m.

We did it!!

We did it. Thank you. We reached our Indiegogo goal. It's all because of our awesome Sacramento community (and beyond!) 109 awesome contributions amounted to $7919, with an anonymous donor pledging $2000 total. We are so happy to have made our goal. This money will allow us to purchase the equipment and supplies needed for broadcast.

A few people have asked, and yes we already have our FCC Broadcast License. We obtained it a few years ago when the FCC had an open application period, aided by the non profit media group Common Frequency.

There is a lot going on behind the scenes and we can't wait to share it with you. In the meantime, please enjoy the contributor "thank you show" happening tomorrow, Friday September 2nd at the Red Museum. All contributors get in free. Your name will be on a list at the door.

A million thank you's; you're all awesome. KUTZ Community Freeform Radio is moving forward because of you!

Late August & September Recommendations | by contributor Anthony Siino

Summer isn't over yet, and neither are local tunes. Check out my picks for the coming week's best bets for your show dollars.

Colonial Fest 2: Looking to get into area punk but don't know where to start? How about we start with two days of pop punk, hardcore, rock 'n' roll and more at Cafe Colonial (3520 Stockton Boulevard)? The second Colonial Fest heaps 21 bands across Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, starting at 3 p.m. both days, and you can get a ticket for both of 'em for $15, or a one-day pass for $10. Performing bands include Cross Class, the O'Mulligans, Peace Killers, Mad Judy, the Enlows, Pisscat, the Rolling Blackouts and way, way more. Did I mention that this whole thing is a fundraiser so Cafe Colonial can pick up better gear to make their shows sound even better? Can't not go now.

Mars Red Sky: OK, so here's how this is gonna go. We're gonna smoke a lot of weed. Huge rips from massive bongs, because we're medical cannabis patients and that's what we need to combat our asthma attacks, according to our scrips. Then we're going to hit up Starlite Lounge (1517 21st Street) to see Mars Red Sky, (waning) and Pinnacles. If you're a metalhead, you'll love the grooving fuzz and heavy vibes. If you're the friend of a metalhead who's been too scared to join said friend at any of their shows, you'll love the gentler psych vibes. If you're a mildly dark person whose only reason to hate metal is the screaming, you'll love how all of these awesome bands enable your moody side without a single gurgle or shriek. No matter what, it's gonna be a full-body experience. Bring $12 when doors open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.


Anthony Siino is a Sacramento writer, editor and otherwise unrespectable deviant who loves music, especially metal, more than he does his own skin. He currently works as the assistant editor of the Sacramento News & Review and can be yelled at directly on Twitter @AnthonySiino.

August Shows PT 2 | by contributor Anthony Siino

Lotsa shows worth checking out, but you can't see them all. Here are two of my favorite picks for the coming week:

*Kevin Seconds & Steve Soto: It's tempting to look at this lineup and think, “Oh man, top-notch punks getting together on the same bill, this is gonna rip.” You'd be right if you thought that, but maybe not the exact way you envisioned it. Sure, area punk everyman Kevin Seconds, of 7Seconds, and Steve Soto, of Adolescents, are playing with local champs Danny Secretion, of the Secretions, and Dino Eneboccir, of Sneeze Attack, but that doesn't mean you're going to get distorted guitars and high-energy angst. No, any angst at Cafe Colonial (3520 Stockton Boulevard) on Friday, August 19, will be of the more mellow, acoustic variety. It's a nice opportunity to get to know these guys for their songwriting chops and thougthfulness without risking any sort of pit. Show starts at 8 p.m.

*Helen Money & John Haughm: It'll get real dark and eclectic over at Starlite Lounge (1521 21st Street) when these two roll in on Monday, August 22. You may recognize John Haughm as the brains behind Agalloch, which is sadly no more. But the real gem here is Helen Money, an artist who can build entire drone compositions out of ingenious use of her cello and some loop pedals. With the two of them working together, who knows what sort of incredible avant garde black metal-esque atmosphere we're going to get. Roll through with $10 at 8 p.m. and prepare for the end.


Anthony Siino is a Sacramento writer, editor and otherwise unrespectable deviant who loves music, especially metal, more than he does his own skin. He currently works as the assistant editor of the Sacramento News & Review and can be yelled at directly on Twitter @AnthonySiino.