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Oakland punkified

By awoodall
Monday, September 10th, 2007 at 2:40 pm in Uncategorized.

Punk may have been born in London, but it lives on in Oakland.  
Wednesday night one of punk rock’s original practitioners _ The Vibrators _ will carry the torch right into town, landing at the Metro Operahouse, 201 Broadway.
Although the band shares its name with a naughty toy, The Vibrators is way louder. In the glory days, The Vibrators shared the stage with punk legends _ the Sex Pistols, whose “God Save the Queen” made the punk scene explode 30 years ago, the Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Ramones.  The list goes on. Wednesday they’ll be playing with San Francisco’s “Yes Go’s” among other hard-driving, neo-punk bands.

For those more inclined toward the soft and bubbly, Pink Martini is a 12-piece orchestra appearing 8 p.m. Tuesday<cm 9/11> at the Paramount Theatre, not a drink. But the group’s style, described as romantic Hollywood musical of the 1940s with a global twist, is just as sweet. Doors open 60 minutes before show time and tickets are $39.50 to $75. The Paramount is located at 2025 Broadway. Tickets are available online at www.paramounttheatre.com, by phone at (415) 421-8497 and at the Paramount Theatre Box Office (Broadway and 21st Street).

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