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May 24, 2004 // UPDATED 1:40 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Zebrahead

Even though they've been around for nearly 10 years, the punk-rap outfit known as Zebrahead has been a strangely unprolific band, releasing just two albums including their 1998 debut, "Waste of Mind."

What's the hold-up? Yes, they're highly entertaining and clever, but this type of music ain't exactly rocket science.

Then again, perhaps it's precisely their lack of anxious go-getting that makes their sound so likeable. Besides, the Southern California boys are probably best known for their high-energy performances.

Zebrahead fits nicely into both genres, with enough cheerfulness to make even the meanest crusty crack a happy grin.

Sunday, May 30, 5 p.m. The Quest Ascot Room, 110 N. 5th St. $12. 338-3383.

Bebop at its finest

Born in Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini started performing in jazz clubs in her teens, eventually appearing all over Europe. She uses her voice as some strange, otherworldly instrument, and that's the only way to put it.

The lady doesn't just scat -- she bleats notes like she's got a trumpet stuck in her throat, hitting some impossible ranges with impeccable timing and technique.

After winning third place at the International Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, she moved to New York, and since then has performed with a variety of notables, including Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Christian McBride.

Monday-Tuesday, May 24-25, 8 and 10 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall $17 and $22. 332-1010.