See it live:
Tuesday, August 10: Tonight, the parody master that goes by Weird Al Yankovic will be performing at the Warfield. I say performing because his songs are absolutely hilarious on disc, and I’d imagine it’d be even better in person. Entertainment starts at 8:00pm, tickets start at $33.25.
Thursday, August 12: The Reverend’s coming. No, not Al Sharpton. Reverend Horton Heat. This rockabilly/punk trio hails from Texas, and they kick ass. They not only play fast energetic shows, they’re funny as hell. And if this means anything, they had a song on Guitar Hero. Check out this video of them live, note the awesome suit. Tickets are $25, show starts at 9:00pm.
Thursday, August 12: Judging from his relentless touring, The Grouch is probably one of the harder working members of East Bay collection of rappers known as the the Living Legends. His underground style of rap and hip-hop is friendly towards all, which makes his shows notably warm, personable, and fun. The show is out in Berkeley at the Shattuck Downlow, with a $15 cover. Show starts at 9:00, and it’s 21+.
Saturday&Sunday, August 14/15: San Francisco’s very own Outside Lands is coming this weekend, and is bringing us music, food, and more music and food. OSL is a lot cozier than other large festivals (judging from previous years), which makes it a unique experience. And the food, twenty times better than other festivals, at least. Come check out Furthur, The Strokes, Al Green, Kings of Leon, Social Distortion and many more. Did I mention the food? Two day pass for $140, single day $75. And don’t forget to check out all the OSL night shows throughout the week.
The psychedelically, sunny band Cut Copy gives us a nice little jingle for our summer time listening. The track’s called ‘Where I’m going’, and according to the band it’s about realizing your mistakes and. But I think it just sounds nice. Listen to and download ‘Where I’m Going’, here.
Weezer released a new single this week, as well as the strange-but-still-pretty-awesome cover art for their up coming album. For the Lost fans out there, you’ll recognize the grinning headshot of the character Hurley, which is also the name of the album. The new track titled ‘Memories’ can be heard here, where you can also find more info about the album, which drops September 14.
Detroit’s Matthew Dear gives us a new wavey-electronica-gothy track off his upcoming album, both titled ‘Little People (Black City)’. Fans of LCD Soundsystem will enjoy, but give the track a minute, it’s a little slow to get going. Download this funky track here.
The legendary hip-hop producer and DJ, J. Dilla, passed away a few years ago. The thing is with these legends though, is that you somehow stumble across songs you’ve never heard by them, even years later. This remake of ‘Safety Dance’ was one of those songs. Get it here.
Best Coast. Yes, we live there. But Best Coast is also an awesome band from none other than California. Listen to anddownload their dreamy-pop song called ‘Boyfriend’, off their new album Crazy For You. Singer Bethany Cosentino has an amazing voice that blends seamlessly with their surf sound.
Head it Through the Grapevine:
The remaining members of the Grateful Dead celebrated Jerry Garcia Day at the Giants stadium last night with thousands of fans. They performed the national anthem, as well as a group kazoo-along of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Watch the video above.
Singer Wyclef Jean is planning to run for president of his native Haiti. This at first may seem odd, but remember who our governor is. Jean talked about his decision on Larry King last Thursday, and plans to run on the normal, but very relatively much needed basis of ending corruption, creating jobs, improving education, and rebuilding the island country. Find out more here, and watch the interview here. Can he be in love with a stripper AND be president of Haiti?
Lil Wayne, who currently has 87 days left in his prison sentence, interviewed with a radio station from behind bars, and talked about what he does during those long, lonely days. Since Weezy can’t bump any music (he only listens to his own, anyways), he listens his “thoughts” and lots and lots of sports radio. Catch the podcast here, or check out some more details from Spin here.
The list factory that is Spin magazine gives us their top ten picks
for this weekends Outside Lands festival. Who do you guys plan on seeing?
Check out ’12 Awesome Moments’ via Billboard from Chicago’s Lollapalooza over the weekend. Includes videos of: Lady Gaga‘s (nearly) naked stage dive, The Strokes back in action, Empire of the Sun‘s first North American show.