Mountain View Voice

News - June 20, 2014

A&E briefs

French music festival

The first ever French Music Festival at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is schedule to kick off this weekend, June 20 and 21.

The event will feature several performances, covering a range of French music from the mid-19th century as well as more contemporary works.

On the first day of the festival, the Ensemble San Francisco, will perform a collection of works, which they are calling "Une Soiree Parisienne," (an evening in Paris). The group, which was founded by clarinetist Roman Fukshansky and pianist Christine McLeavey Payne, will perform Darius Milhaud's 1923 ballet, "La creation du monde." Penned at a time when the Western art world was highly influenced by the African continent, the piece tells the creation of the world as told in African mythology.

Also on the first day, violinist Moni Simeonov will perform Maurice Ravel's "Tzigane," and cellist Jonah Kim will play a "fascinating melange of tunes" made famous by Edith Piaf.

During the festival's second day, in a program entitled "Musique de chamber virtuose" (virtuoso chamber music), a group of 20 musicians and singers will perform four French works, including the evening's "major work," Ernest Chausson's "Concert pour violon, piano et quatuor a cordes" — a double concerto featuring violin soloist Stephen Waarts, Gwendolyn Mok on solo piano.

The music begins at 8 p.m. on both June 20 and 21, at the CSMA, 230 San Antonio Cir, Mountain View. For more information go to frenchmusicfestival.org.

Vans Warped Tour

The Warped Tour, the Vans-sponsored, long-running punk and alternative festival, is coming to Shoreline Amphitheatre this Saturday, June 21, with a massive lineup of bands and other artists, spanning a wide variety of genres, including hardcore, indie, alternative, punk, metal, ska, electronic and hip-hop.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m., giving attendees plenty of time to take in all the storied tour has to offer. Still, with 94 bands performing, fans will have to make some tough choices. But don't worry if you're the type that has a hard time with decisions. Here are eight artists that run the gamut from pure pop rock to dance-floor shaking electronic, from classic punk to face-punching hardcore.

Poppy punks: Florida quintet We The Kings make unapologetically gleeful punk-tinged pop rock, full of soaring melodies, sweet harmonies and lyrics about falling in and out of love and getting into trouble under the sun an palm trees.

Classic punks: Another Florida act, Less Than Jake, have been skanking around the country with their signature brand of ska-punk since 1992. All the '80s babies who ever owned anything in a checkerboard pattern will remember these Warped Tour veterans. But younger crowds will enjoy their infections horn-tinged anthems, too.

Party rocker: Crizzly is a Texas-based button masher who rocks the dance floor with style that sounds a bit like what you Skrillex might sound like if he came up in the South. Plenty of boom-bap kick and snare, with rapid fire Dirty South high hats give way to some serious womp and fax-machine-death sounds when Crizzly lets the beat drop. No wonder he calls his sound "crunkstep."

Screamo darlings: Before Skrillex (and Crizzly) introduced a generation to the bass drop, bands like Midwestern melodic metal heads The Devil Wears Prada were practicing a different kind of drop. Along with other groups like Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Underoath, this Ohio band helped pioneer the mashed up genre of screamo, which combined the introspective lyrics of emo, the heavy breakdowns of death metal and the shimmering, melodic guitar work of '80s hair metal.

Southern hardcore: Every Time I Die know how to get the pit started. With sardonic lyrics, heavy breakdowns, and riffs that skew toward bluesy rock, this band from Buffalo, New York certainly has a unique sound that will leave you feeling like you got punched in the face (in a good way).

Honest hip-hop: K.Flay, an alumna of Stanford University, didn't stick around Silicon Valley after graduating. Instead she moved to Oakland and eventually New York City, refining her introspective, hilariously self-depricating flows along the way. Part part Lana Del Rey, part Slug, part Azelia Banks, she spits rhymes that are by turns painful, truthful and hilarious.

—Nick Veronin

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