See it Live:
Any time through mid-August: The San Francisco Art Exchange is hosting a photo gallery showing the changes in rock n’ roll from ’62-’74. This free gallery is titled ‘Beatles to Bowie’, check here for details.
Saturday, July 31: San Franciscans love bicycles, and free concerts; so what better than the Bicycle Music Festival! This mobile party caravans around the city, hauling a 2000 watt PA system powered by pedals. The event lasts all day, and into the night with almost a dozen bands. Anyone is free to join the party. Find out more and check out the schedule here.
Saturday, July 31: Local rap hero’s Zion-I hits the Fox Theater stage with legends Black Star, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. A drool worthy lineup for any hip-hop-head, the show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are a little pricey, at $41.50 a pop, but it’s sure to be a good show.
Video: Alright, alright. I know this doesn’t count as a live show, but it was at the White House, and unless you’re Michaele Salahi you didn’t have a chance a hell in seeing it. Anyways, what do you get when you mix Jack White, President Obama, and the Beatles? One hell of a show. Check out the above clip of Jack White, covering the Beatles, inside the White House.
Deerhunter‘s new single is available for your listening pleasure, thanks to Stereogum. Follow their instructions and enjoy.
Lollapalooza is a great excuse to see Chicago. But if you don’t like the wind, Spin has thrown together a little mix tape of songs from this year’s festival. Download it here.
Wiz Khalifa just beat out over 20 rhyme slingers for MTV’s “hottest breakthrough MC” award, even topping Nick Minaj (who has a number one song out right now). The Pittsburgh rapper has a new mix tape out as well, click here to get it. Take a listen then let us know, does he deserve the award?
Les Savy Fav is back in action! The new single from their upcoming Root For Ruin album can be listened to and downloaded here.
If you don’t know who Major Lazer is, I’ll give you a few hints: rocket powered hover board, house music, and zombie wars. Intrigued? Listen to the fictional character’s new album here for free, or find out more about the badass here.
Heard it through the grapevine:
San Francisco has LoveFest (now LovEvolution), Germany has LoveParade. It took place last week, and brought in a reported 1.4 electro fans. A massive stampede of people occurred at some point, leaving 19 dead. Raves in the U.S. have recently been under a lot of heat for deaths occurring at the events, and this surely won’t help. Find out more at the UK Guardian.
Bandanna sporting Bret Michaels was busted for pot last week when his tour bus was pulled over for a traffic violation. An “unidentified substance” was also found on the Poison singer’s bus when they were pulled over in Indiana, according to Rolling Stone. Gee, for someone who just survived a brain hemorrhage he’s partying pretty hard.
Die Antwoord, the South African rave/rap duo, is made up of DJ Hi-Tek, Ninja, and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. The problem is, the DJ Hi-Tek moniker is already taken! He’s famous for doing work with Talib Kweli, who retweeted a post from the DJ saying, “I like Die Antwoord but they know they can’t be using DJ Hi-tek…here come the lawyers LMAO”. I’d love to sit in on that court date.
A group of musicians and bands, calling themselves the Sound Strike, have taken liberty of not playing in Arizona in protest of their controversial immigration law (SB1070). Spin tells the story of how venues in the area are being affected. Is the Sound Strike a legit form of protest?
You probably noticed the pretty girl on the cover of Vampire Weekend‘s newest album Contra. Well, now she’s suing the group for $2 million, according to Stereogum. The band’s words about the incident can be read here. Think she deserves the cash?
I’ve seen plenty of people dressing up like Lady Gaga. for Halloween, themed parties, whatever reason. If this sounds like you, now you can get rewarded for your Gaga tendencies by winning tickets to see the Lady live in Las Vegas. Check out Billboard for details.
This weeks bonus: See Kid Cudi fight off an unruly fan in Ohio.