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Picks for the week of October 8 - 14, 2008

Sunday Oct. 12
Little Fox
2209 Broadway
Redwood City

Gypsy Soul

FUSING elements of acoustic and Celtic folk with jazz and pop, Gypsy Soul's elaborate and often haunting melodies are a product of a storybook tale involving the group's two members, Canadian-American vocalist Cillette Swann and Scottish musician Roman Morykit. The pair met while Swann was traveling in Europe, quickly forming a musical and romantic relationship that would lead to their marriage and a debut album, Test of Time, in 1996. For the last decade, the duo worked to steadily build their repertoire, releasing eight albums including last year's Beneath the Covers: A Rediscovery. The LP features covers of songs by U2, the Moody Blues, Chris Isaak, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Daniel Lanois and John Denver, along with a few originals.

Steel Pulse
Saturday Oct. 11
San Jose State Event Center
290 S. Seventh St
San Jose

Rock Band Live

THE FORMERLY dark and ominous ones of Panic at the Disco have thrown in their top hats and thick black eyeliner, along with the exclamation point brazenly adding fear and excitement to their name, in favor of a decidedly Beatle-esque sound. The group's latest album, Pretty. Odd., was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and finds the band exploring more commonly trodden paths, stepping back from their previous lyrically driven works with 80-word titles a la Sufjan Stevens and instead relying on the strength of their music over flamboyance and showmanship. Emo poet Chris Carrabba and his band Dashboard Confessional, recent pop heartthrobs Plain White T's and fellow Las Vegas homeboys the Cab also perform. And as an added bonus, you'll have the chance to play Rock Band with the bands themselves.

Saturday Oct. 11
Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View


FOR ROCK STARS, achieving career longevity is as difficult as kicking an age-old drinking habit—that is to say it's damn near impossible. But a few seasoned vets always pull off the miraculous feat of not only staying alive, but remaining sober long enough to reach a revitalized point within their creative arch. Needless to say, Santana is one of the lucky ones. Having escaped the doomsday prophecy that claimed at least half of his graduating class in the '60s, Santana, on a musical level, always managed to maintain an amount of relevancy in contemporary rock circles. In fact, in the '90s, the San Francisco guitarist rose to new heights, separating himself from the classic rock pack by releasing the celebrated (and Grammy winning) album, Supernatural. How has the Latin rocker endured for so long? Who knows? If it was a simple answer, everyone would be doing it, and that is certainly far from the case.

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