See it Live:
Tuesday, August 24: Bad Brains is back in action, and they’re playing Slims. The legendary punk rockers are a staple in any skate-punks collection, but they also attract the ears of metal, reggae, and rap fans. Tickets are $26, show starts at 9:00pm.
Wednesday, August 25: Bob Dylan is coming to the Warfield this Wednesday, and I urge you, get your tickets. But there’s a catch! The tickets aren’t on sale yet, and they won’t be until Wednesday. And, they have to be picked up at the venue. They go on sale at 5:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. It’s a mission, I know, but it will make the show all the much better.
Wednesday, August 25: The Dave Matthews Band is either a person’s favorite band, or the one they hate the most. If you’re in that first category, be sure to check out the band at the Sleep Train pavilion on Wednesday. They’ve got Raphael Saadiq opening for them, and tickets start at $42. Show starts at 7:00pm. This tour will also be at Shoreline on Saturday the 28th for $40.
Thursday, August 26: I don’t know where the Goo Goo Dolls got their name, but I do know where you can get tickets to their show on Thursday. It’s happening at the Sleep Train pavilion in Concord, tickets start at $36.50, show starts at 7:00pm.
Friday, August 27: Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae are having a cozy little concert at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on Friday. You can grab a ticket for $65, and the show starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, August 28: The Chemical Brothers and Freq Nasty. Their names scream party. And I’m sure it will be. They’re both spinning at the Fox Theatre in Oakland this Saturday, join the fun for $42.50. Party starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, August 28: Here’s your opportunity to “be hammered-drunk in the front row of a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.” The demigods of the South are also playing with Blue Oyster Cult, and Greg Kihn. The whole shebang is cleverly titled Kihncert 2010, and tickets start at only $10! The uh, Kihncert starts at 6:00pm.
Sunday, August 28: Slash is shredding the Warfield on Sunday, and you don’t want to miss it. He’ll be performing solo, shredding, and soloing, and shredding some more (say that five times fast). Tickets start $29.50, the ax wielding begins at 8:00pm.
If you fall asleep down by the water, I will carry you home. Well, I won’t. But The Drums say they will. The band gives us a down-tempo ballad that sounds like a prom song that was written in the 50’s and produced in the 80’s. ‘Down By the Water’ is off the groups debut album, get it here.
Bethany Cosentino, the face and singer of the surfy Best Coast (pictured), has a little mixtape she threw together for us. She actually made it for The Independent, but that’s okay, because we get to listen too. It spans from Beyonce to Pavement to Steely Dan. Check it out here.
Mash ups are awesome for a couple reason. They make a song that would have never been, and they usually have a clever little title. Both are true in this case. DJ O-Face brings us a Nas + Nosaj Thing mash (NaSaj Thing), and Dj Bassmeister gives us a Jay Z and Sleigh Bells mash (Jay Bells). They’re both awesome, get them here at Stereogum.
Spin and iTunes bring us the September edition of their free playlist right here. A little Toadies, a little Of Montreal, a little Local Natives. It’s a win-win. Just make sure to use the code they provide.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Wyclef Jean‘s recent bid for president of Haiti was barred by an electoral commission. But he’s Wyclef, so he obviously has more power, and with that, he’s still running for president. Find out more and read his official statement here.
One could say Kanye West is a giving person. He gives his opinion, his opinion, and oh yea, his opinion. But now, he’s giving us free music each Friday! Delivering through Twitter, Kanye will be sending out a new song by him or any of his friends (Jay Z). Be sure to follow him for the song, I’ll also post them (the good ones) up here.
I wouldn’t classify Earth, Wind and Fire as “riot music”, but I’m not from Colorado. This weekend 400 people in the rioted in the state after the NewWestFest, smashing windows, burning trashcans, looting. The usual. Read more here.
DUIs are not a joke. And neither is this, Faith Hill got one. Alright. That’s kinda funny.
The bassist of Aerosmith has confirmed that singer Steven Tyler will be the newest member of the American Idol crew, according to Rolling Stone. The hit show hasn’t officially announced the replacement of Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres, but bassist Tom Hamilton had some loose lips. Read more here.
Apparently Lady Gaga became the most followed person on Twitter last Thursday. The reigning champion was Britney Spears. Really?