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400 S First St
San Jose, California 95113
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Wed, February 20, 2019 (8:00 PM PST)
MDC with Verbal Abuse, The Elected Officials


MDC

MDC, or Millions of Dead Cops, began in 1979 in Austin, Texas under the name the Stains. Singer and ringleader Dave Dictor was a BU drop-out from Long Island who dabbled in leftist activism as well as drugs and queer culture. Before punk rock, he played the bluegrass festival circuit with his group the Solar Pigs. He was living in Austin when punk hit and in 1979 he put together his own punk band. They released the classic "John Wayne was a Nazi" 7" in 1980, half of the pressing was under the Stains name, half "MDC-Stains". The title track set the tone for the band's witty, incindiary political lyrics. The music was slow, danceble punk-funk with jangly guitars similar to the sound of other Austin bands. The name and sound of the band changed for 1982's Millions of Dead Cops LP. Here, Dictor's ironic political rants were set to the new US brand of speeding hardcore. The band had been out to California after hooking up with Maximum Rock'n'roll, Jello Biafra, and Black Flag. Witnessing a violent police riot at their show with Flag in Orange County inspired the new name (the change was necessitated by fellow opening band the Stains from LA). That year MDC relocated to San Francisco, following the lead of fellow leftist Texans the Dicks. They squatted in an empty beer factory known as the Vats, also home to Texas expatriates like the Dicks, DRI, and Verbal Abuse. Dictor wrote protest songs with less irony than Biafra, and the band ignited an inferno of controversy with their extremely leftist ideas, which many considered preaching. Aside from the DKs, few hardcore bands expressed serious political agendas in 1982, and in many cities (such as Boston and Detroit) the sentiment was more right wing/conservative. MDC soon fanned the flames of this fire of outrage by launching the 1984 Rock Against Reagan tour. Sponsored by the Yippies, they took the Dicks, Crucifix, and DRI around the country expousing the evils of capitalism, multinational corporations, and meat-eating. Another target of MDC on tour was the Bad Brains, who had disgusted them with their extreme homophobia, sexism, and general sleaziness while in Austin. All MDC releases were released domestically by the band's own label: R Radical. In the beginning at least, MDC epitomized the political nature of DIY punk. They not only railed against "businesses on parade," they presented a defiant alternative. Dictor's lyrics, while often joking, were intelligent and went beyond the simple "Reagan sucks" sloganeering that many accused them of. He was especially keen in his focus on corporate capitalism rather than the arms race, the most popular hardcore political topic. "I Remember," a call to arms against cops and their unconstitutional tactics, is an especially potent anthem with its personal approach. Also, while there were many openly gay figures in the Austin punk scene, Dictor was the only one to address gay rights in his lyrics. MDC quickly caught the eye of Crass, the notorious English anarchopunk band/collective/label, who released their first 7" Multi-Death Corporations in England. In 1984 they continued to break new ground when they released the Millions of Dead Children 7", perhaps the first US hardcore record to advocate vegetarianism. All of these stances earned them a mix of reactions from the hardcore community. Some loved and admired their convictions, others felt they went to far with their "preaching," and many simply hated them. In 1984, Dictor released the P.E.A.C.E. double LP on R Radical. This compilation is probably the most important international hardcore record of the '80s, with MRR's Welcome to 1984 being its only competition. Dictor managed to assemble a collection of amazing hardcore punk bands from all over the world, an admirable feat in an era of self-obsessed, often xenophobic local "scenes." Rumors (which you are free to believe or disbelieve) flew through the scene about MDC's demands for high guarantees at shows (meaning they demanded money to play). Regardless of how compromised their stance was, the music couldn't be saved. Perhaps ravaged by speed abuse and addiction, MDC became a bad rock band - sporadically releasing several albums worth of inferior material. Drummer Al Schultz ended up in jail on drug charges. MDC evolved a constantly shifting line-up, one incarnation of which included Matt Freeman (of Operation Ivy), and another which did a hectic tour of Russia chronicled in MRR. In the late '90's, a cleaned-up Dictor resurfaced with an MDC that contained no original members. Back in Long Island now, he keeps the band going and still performs with the energetic zeal for which he's known.

400 S First St, San Jose, CA 95113 
$10.00 - $13.00

Upcoming Shows

Wed, February 20, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
MDC with Verbal Abuse, The Elected Officials
MDC

MDC, or Millions of Dead Cops, began in 1979 in Austin, Texas under the name the Stains. Singer and ringleader Dave Dictor was a BU drop-out from Long Island who dabbled in leftist activism as well as drugs and queer culture. Before punk rock, he played the bluegrass festival circuit with his group the Solar Pigs. He was living in Austin when punk hit and in 1979 he put together his own punk band. They released the classic "John Wayne was a Nazi" 7" in 1980, half of the pressing was under the Stains name, half "MDC-Stains". The title track set the tone for the band's witty, incindiary political lyrics. The music was slow, danceble punk-funk with jangly guitars similar to the sound of other Austin bands. The name and sound of the band changed for 1982's Millions of Dead Cops LP. Here, Dictor's ironic political rants were set to the new US brand of speeding hardcore. The band had been out to California after hooking up with Maximum Rock'n'roll, Jello Biafra, and Black Flag. Witnessing a violent police riot at their show with Flag in Orange County inspired the new name (the change was necessitated by fellow opening band the Stains from LA). That year MDC relocated to San Francisco, following the lead of fellow leftist Texans the Dicks. They squatted in an empty beer factory known as the Vats, also home to Texas expatriates like the Dicks, DRI, and Verbal Abuse. Dictor wrote protest songs with less irony than Biafra, and the band ignited an inferno of controversy with their extremely leftist ideas, which many considered preaching. Aside from the DKs, few hardcore bands expressed serious political agendas in 1982, and in many cities (such as Boston and Detroit) the sentiment was more right wing/conservative. MDC soon fanned the flames of this fire of outrage by launching the 1984 Rock Against Reagan tour. Sponsored by the Yippies, they took the Dicks, Crucifix, and DRI around the country expousing the evils of capitalism, multinational corporations, and meat-eating. Another target of MDC on tour was the Bad Brains, who had disgusted them with their extreme homophobia, sexism, and general sleaziness while in Austin. All MDC releases were released domestically by the band's own label: R Radical. In the beginning at least, MDC epitomized the political nature of DIY punk. They not only railed against "businesses on parade," they presented a defiant alternative. Dictor's lyrics, while often joking, were intelligent and went beyond the simple "Reagan sucks" sloganeering that many accused them of. He was especially keen in his focus on corporate capitalism rather than the arms race, the most popular hardcore political topic. "I Remember," a call to arms against cops and their unconstitutional tactics, is an especially potent anthem with its personal approach. Also, while there were many openly gay figures in the Austin punk scene, Dictor was the only one to address gay rights in his lyrics. MDC quickly caught the eye of Crass, the notorious English anarchopunk band/collective/label, who released their first 7" Multi-Death Corporations in England. In 1984 they continued to break new ground when they released the Millions of Dead Children 7", perhaps the first US hardcore record to advocate vegetarianism. All of these stances earned them a mix of reactions from the hardcore community. Some loved and admired their convictions, others felt they went to far with their "preaching," and many simply hated them. In 1984, Dictor released the P.E.A.C.E. double LP on R Radical. This compilation is probably the most important international hardcore record of the '80s, with MRR's Welcome to 1984 being its only competition. Dictor managed to assemble a collection of amazing hardcore punk bands from all over the world, an admirable feat in an era of self-obsessed, often xenophobic local "scenes." Rumors (which you are free to believe or disbelieve) flew through the scene about MDC's demands for high guarantees at shows (meaning they demanded money to play). Regardless of how compromised their stance was, the music couldn't be saved. Perhaps ravaged by speed abuse and addiction, MDC became a bad rock band - sporadically releasing several albums worth of inferior material. Drummer Al Schultz ended up in jail on drug charges. MDC evolved a constantly shifting line-up, one incarnation of which included Matt Freeman (of Operation Ivy), and another which did a hectic tour of Russia chronicled in MRR. In the late '90's, a cleaned-up Dictor resurfaced with an MDC that contained no original members. Back in Long Island now, he keeps the band going and still performs with the energetic zeal for which he's known.

$10.00 - $13.00
Fri, February 22, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
Fiji with For Peace Band
Fiji: Night One

Fiji is one of the biggest polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island Sound… .. A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer. His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences….. For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound….. Previous albums Evolution and Born and Raised brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as the one of the most recognized Polynesian artist in the world. Gratitude included hits like "Smokin Session" and "She's Da Bomb." co-written by Fiji, as well as a remake of Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," Songs from the album were heard on Bay Watch Hawaii and MTV's Real World Hawaii. Transition carries on his tradition of soulful voices and appealing sounds. His latest release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the pacific and west coast music scene….. Fiji has successfuly captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his music. In 1998, he earned the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year, solidifying his place among Polynesian fans and introducing his sound to a wide audience of listeners. Embracing the Polynesian style, he has introduced music lovers around the world to his own take ..ting edge island music. ..

$29.00 - $34.00
Sat, February 23, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
Fiji with For Peace Band
Fiji: Night Two

Fiji is one of the biggest polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island Sound… .. A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer. His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences….. For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality. Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound….. Previous albums Evolution and Born and Raised brought successful unique island style to the mainstream, launching Fiji as the one of the most recognized Polynesian artist in the world. Gratitude included hits like "Smokin Session" and "She's Da Bomb." co-written by Fiji, as well as a remake of Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," Songs from the album were heard on Bay Watch Hawaii and MTV's Real World Hawaii. Transition carries on his tradition of soulful voices and appealing sounds. His latest release, Independence Day, has made the greatest impact on the pacific and west coast music scene….. Fiji has successfuly captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his music. In 1998, he earned the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year, solidifying his place among Polynesian fans and introducing his sound to a wide audience of listeners. Embracing the Polynesian style, he has introduced music lovers around the world to his own take ..ting edge island music. ..

$29.00 - $34.00
Wed, February 27, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
Walter Lure & Mick Rossi Play L.A.M.F. with Jonny Manak and The Depressives
Walter Lure & Mick Rossi Play L.A.M.F. $10.00 - $13.00
Fri, March 1, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm PST )
Club Satori with DJ Bit, DJ Davey Bones
Satori's Annual Cure Spotlight

Club Satori - An alternating monthly goth/industrial and 70s/80s New Wave dance night at The Ritz in San Jose, CA.

FREE - $5
Sat, March 9, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PST )
Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito is black roots music for everyone, Blues with a punk attitude from Oakland, California. Formerly recorded under the name Xavier.

$20.00 - $25.00
Thu, March 14, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Law, Espresso with Israel Sanchez, Fragile D, Quigs
Law vs. Espresso

LAW is a rock band based out of Long Beach, CA, started in 2013.

$10.00
Fri, March 15, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Strangelove with Just Like Heaven
Strangelove: The Depeche Mode Experience

The scale of STRANGELOVE's theatrical stage production is unparalleled, save for the real article. Multiple projection visual programs assault the euphoric concertgoer's senses and further the illusion that they are witnessing an actual Depeche Mode concert. No detail of the band's presentation has been overlooked. The visual presentation and in-show costume changes reflect different eras of D'Mode's decades-spanning career. Audience members can revel in the seemingly impossible unfolding before their eyes and unbelieving ears. STRANGELOVE delivers a career spanning, pitch perfect "best of" concert that transports the listener through time and touches on several key points in Depeche Mode's illustrious career. Songs from throughout the Depeche canon are lovingly recreated; from favorites on DM's debut Speak and Spell to the newest fare from Mode's latest- 2009's Sounds of the Universe.

$17.00 - $20.00
Thu, March 21, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Joe Sib
Joe Sib

Joe Sib is a very successful and unique blend of musician and comedian. As the co-owner of Side One Dummy, the LA based independent record label , Joe has signed a number of highly successful music acts including Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and The Gaslight Anthem. Before starting S1D, Joe was the vocalist in a number of punk rock bands before becoming the front man for WAX, the 90's Alternative band. WAX went on to work with Spike Jonze for the iconic "man on fire" video for the WAX song "California". In 2003, Joe became part of the on air staff for the LA's notorious Indie 103.1. Along with the likes of Steve Jones and Henry Rollins, Joe gave a weekly show dedicated to all things punk rock called, "Complete Control". From there, Joe wrote and performed his one man show, "California Calling" which received great reviews from The LA Times which he then turned into a monthly residency at the Largo. It was there that Comedy Store director of programming, Emily Laford (at the time Emily was booking the Hollywood Improv), saw Joe's show and began booking him regularly. Since then, Joe has recorded his first stand up record "Nowhere Near The Top" which debuted #3 on the Billboard Comedy chart. Currently, Joe is part of the two man opening act for Metallica with Jim Breuer.

$10.00 - $15.00
Sat, March 23, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm PDT )
The Emo Night Tour
90's Night at The Ritz

Imagine going to a show and hearing Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, and more, all playing only their best songs...all night long. WELCOME TO THE EMO NIGHT TOUR.

$7.00 - $10.00