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February 11, 2011

The Crocodile Presents: Dancing on the Valentine

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If there’s anything better than audio nostalgia, it has to be audio nostalgia for a cause.

If you’re of a like mind, then a trip to the Croc tonight would do you and countless others a lot of good. The Crocodile is playing host to Dancing on the Valentine, the annual Valentine’s Day Benefit to raise much needed funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

While your heart will be warmed by your generosity toward this worthy cause, your ears will be teleported nearly three decades back as some of the city’s finest and most entertaining musicians will pay tribute to the “timeless” works of Depeche Mode.

The impressive line-up includes Sean Nelson & Phil Peterson, The Animals at Night with Brent Amaker, Black Swedes, Exohxo, Hotels, Legion Within, Ships, and Lesli Wood of The Redwood Plan with Jupe Jupe and DJ Mike Steve.

2/11 at The Crocodile: Dancing on the Valentine: Strangelove, a Depeche Mode Tribute Night Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society :: 8 PM :: $12

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February 11, 2011

“Western Days” on a Thursday Night: Gabriel Mintz at Nectar

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Weeknight shows can be tough, which is why we get so excited when a great band serves as an opener. It allows enough time for a couple drinks, good tunes and you can arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to work the next day. It’s especially great when the opener is someone like Gabriel Mintz, who plays Americana-tinged rock with hypnotic riffs, and who could easily be the headliner for the night.

Gabriel is one of the most unassuming frontmen we’ve encountered. His voice is truly a gift – a soft, rich, unwavering tone that is just raw enough to give the band’s music an authentic rock and roll vibe. He’s backed by drummer Trent Moorman of Head Like A Kite and bassist Geoff Stanfield, Sun Kil Moon’s producer, so he is in good company.

Below, we’ve included one of our favorite Gabriel Mintz songs, “Western Days,” from their 2010 release, Volume 1. If you’re looking to make it an early night, we recommend at least checking out Gabriel’s set before turning in. And who knows, after hearing such musical brilliance you might just be inspired to put that third latte to work.

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2/10 Way South/The Brambles/Gabriel Mintz @ Nectar :: Tickets are $7 at the door :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: 21+

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