(Call for current schedule)

Abby's Highway 40
424 E. 4th St - Reno, 775-322-9422

Alturas Bar & Nightclub
1044 E. 4th St - Reno, 775-324-5050
Beaches Bar & Grill
465 S. Meadows Pkwy - Reno, 775-852-4965
Cantina Los Tres Hombres
926 Victorian Ave - Sparks, 775-356-6262
7111 S. Virginia - Reno, 775-852-0202
Club Underground
555 E 4th Street - Reno, 775-786-2582
Club Voo Doo
1126 E. 4th St - Reno, 775-333-6942
Coach's Grill & Sports Bar
1573 S. Virginia St. - Reno, 775-329-2202
Esoteric Coffee House & Gallery
135 N. Sierra St. - Reno, 775-322-8999
Fritz Bar and Grill

1305 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503, 775-348-0808

Hacienda Bar & Restaurant
10680 N. McCarran Blvd - Reno, 775-746-2228
Great Basin Brewing Company
846 Victorian Ave - Sparks, 775-355-7711
Knuckleheads Sports Bar
405 Vine St - Reno, 775-323-6500
Red's Little Waldorf Saloon
1661 N. Virginia - Reno, 775-323-3682

Rocky's Sports Pub & Grill
211 N. Virginia - Reno, 775-322-7620
Sidelines Bar & Grill
1237 Baring Blvd - Sparks, 775-355-1030
Stoney's Bar

71 South Wells Ave.

The Underground Showroom

555 East 4th St. Reno

Zephyr Bar
1074 S. Virginia St. - Reno, 775-337-6004


Who Cares
Reviewed by Oliver X

                                                             When I was twelve, my father died of a        

                                                              massive heart attack while sleeping. For

                                                             three years thereafter, I quietly hovered

                                                             outside my mother's bedroom door each

                                                             night to listen to her breathing. Panic

                                                             trauma behavior is so prevalent in

                                                             childhood, but less so in Hip-Hop

                                                             narratives of the heart. So when I came

                                                             across the track "Hear You Breathe," by


local Hip-Hop group Who Cares, I immediately was struck by the reference, and had a wave of sense memory crash against my brain. Taken on its own--and indicative of the early promise that their career exhibited--the 2002 track is a DIY indie masterpiece of unrequited love, or what the 20th-Century Japanese tanka poet Takuboku Ishikawa called Akogare--yearning admiration. When rapper Ernie Upton says, "But she just might be the bright light to conquer the darkness," it's a kind of substance of things hoped for, that defines the faith youth brings to love.

The group's entire suite of tracks assembled on their SonicBids EPK, and
Myspace page--from sessions recorded from 2002-2007--represent the finest homegrown chops seen here since The Mudsharks and Landrus ripped it up in Reno. Cuts like "Heaven Ain't Hard," "Scarecrow and the Magpie," "Electro Rock" and "The Rain Song" showcase Bob James-inspired electric piano figures, deep baritone sax riffs and mood mending melodica tones that lift Who Cares beyond simple "Emo-Rap" genre categorization. The group's lyrical sensibilities tap the thematics of uncertainty, touching on school yard shenanigans, teen angst, hard knock love trials and the brutal hazing that scars the uncool.

Cats that would rhyme "exoskeleton" and "gelatin" get my attention every time. Far too talented for small market anonymity, Who Cares is the mouthpiece through which Nikki Beach and Pearl Champagne Lounge Entertainment Director EJ Luera preaches his wildly popular Hip-Hop 101 monthly gospel at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. Nuff respect to these local Hip-Hop innovators, who butter their musical bread with jams mama saves for company.

Saxophonist-singer Jamal Tarkington, singer-melodica player Young Aundee and rapper-turntablist Ernie Upton, collectively known as Who Cares opened for the world renown DJ Z-Trip inside The Grand

Sierra Resort & Casino's newly remodeled Pearl

Champagne Lounge on August 8, 2008. Check out

Who Cares on Myspace at


Clubs To Check Out

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