Halloween is coming, and so are the tribute bands

Halloween really brings something out of the Bay Area's local bands, because there are a ton of Halloween-themed shows happening this week. But while some groups may throw in a cover or two, or wear costumes on stage, others are going the extra mile and performing full tribute sets celebrating great artists. Tribute bands, as it turns out, likely get a bad rap most of the year because the bands they're celebrating aren't very good; when the right tributes are presented, they sound pretty appealing. Here are five tribute band shows to consider this week. Any other great tribute shows [...]

Tony Molina's 'Dissed and Dismissed' out on Melters

Tony Molina has never suffered a shortage of musical outlets over the years. He was the frontman of the late, great SF band Ovens. He played in Sopors. He's the lead guitarist for Violent Change and also sings for Caged Animal. Now he's back with his first solo effort, a punk-infused indie rock record called Dissed and Dismissed, out yesterday on SF label Melters. Dissed and Dismissed's 12 tracks live up to the record's outsider-oriented title, reeking of disenchantment and disaffection, with Molina's laid back vocal style coursing over the top of fuzzed out riffs. In fact, Molina's songwriting exudes [...]

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