Rock the Bells, The Expendables, New Monsoon -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 18

Categories: Music

Rock the Bells, 12 noon at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (AT&T Park) . $76.
Performing:Sage Francis, Murs, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, MF Doom, The Coup, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Public Enemy, The Roots, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine

The Expendables, 9 at the Fillmore. $20.
"The Expendables' distinctive live performances and unique brand of music, described as an eclectic mix of genre-bending rock, reggae and surf, have charmed audiences far and wide. Rapidly approaching status as a full-time touring act, the band is a rising star on the West Coast. To date, The Expendables has performed with in-demand musical acts such as Slightly Stoopid and reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse; appeared live on the Vans’ Warped Tour; and hosted its own radio show on The Santa Cruz X 103.9 FM." -- JamBase

New Monsoon, 9 at the Independent. $20.
"The title of their upcoming album, New Monsoon V, may give a hint as to the band's future to those who like to read tea leaves. For those who prefer coffee, it might simply be a reference to the fact that it’s the bands fifth album. Prognostication aside, the selections New Monsoon previewed on Friday night proved to be pretty exciting, especially their rollicking run through "Alaska." Their current sound benefits greatly from Johnson's addition, his bass work providing a wonderfully funky, soulful dimension. Over the course of the evening, Monsoon covered Jimi Hendrix' "Freedom" and reinvigorated old favorites like "Patato's Mission." With Miller leading the way, they touched on rambling Allman Brothers style grooves, hit slinky sinuous Tom Petty vibes and even channeled the best parts of Bruce Hornsby & The Range." -- Earvolution

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