See it Live:
Tuesday, August 3: Tonight, the Hasidic singer/rapper/reggae artist we call Matisyahu will be at the Regency Ballroom. The bearded beat-boxer puts on a great show, and he’ll have the Dub Trio behind him with the tunes. Tickets start at $28, show starts at 8:00pm.
Wednesday, August 4: The punk and new wave forerunners known as Blondie are swinging by the Fillmore this Wednesday. The band still has mostly original members, and it’d be interesting to see how the bands evolved since 1975. Show starts at 8, tickets are $55.
Saturday, August 7: This Saturday at Ruby Skye, Felix Da Housecat will be spinning his blend of – you guessed it – house and electro. The Chicago Dj has been around been around for almost two decades, and he’s still going strong (he’s playing three large international festivals in early August). See him the night before he heads back home to bump at Lollapalooza. Tickets are $15, and the party is 21+.
Saturday, August 7: A-Trak has been bouncing around every major festival lately, but he’s switching it up this weekend to party at the cozy Kelly’s Mission Rock. This dance party is brought to as part of the Blow Up club series, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Get ready to get sweaty. Get tickets here for $15.
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a miniature tiger. Fortunately, there’s a great band that goes by that name. Here’s a sample from Miniatures Tiger‘s new album, Fortress. The songs called Bullfighter Jacket, and it makes me happy inside.
Talib Kweli drops his clever new mixtape, Early Mourning Signs, to us for free. Have a listen here.
Lil Wayne once said in a song that he’d be alright as long as Drake were in every song. A lot of people took that advice, including UGK rapper Bun B, who has Drake featured on his new single, the confidently titled ‘Put it Down’. Download the track here.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Kanye West loves to raise eyebrows. That’s why he paid a visit to the near by Facebook headquarters last week, performing some acapella rhymes for the staff. I’m not quite sure why he chose to promote there, but it sure worked. He also stopped by Rolling Stone and Twitter. Check out a video of it at the top of this article. Also, Spin gives us five ways in which Kanye’s life is better than ours. (As if we couldn’t guess).
We’ve all had that predicament, standing in the endless aisles of Amoeba or Rasputin with two CDs in our hands, unable to decide which to take home. Spin lends us a hand though, and gives us their best bets on this summer’s noteworthy albums, take a look.
Apparently Tupac Shakur and Mike Tyson were great friends, who knew? ESPN gives us the story of the events leading up to the last hour of the rappers life. Tyson had just won a major fight, and the two were planning to hang out and celebrate, only Shakur never showed up. Mark your calenders, One Night in Vegas airs September 7th.
Ratatat just released a video for his new single called “Drugs”, and also dates for his up and coming tour. The duo of dancy distortion will be here September 17th, with Dom as an opener. Click here for song, video, and the rest of the tour dates.
The rodent-eared-DJ Deadmau5 collapsed on stage last week in Washington D.C. Following doctor’s orders, he canceled nine up-coming shows, but according to Rolling Stone all of his October gigs are still set, which includes his date at our very own Treasure Island Music Festival.
Two musical couples got married this weekend, rapper T.I. married his longtime girlfriend, and Alicia Keys married producer Swizz Beatz. Yea, uh, I’ll take Talented Children for $100, Mr. Trebek.
Bonus of the Week: In a band? Check out SF Weekly’s five tips to uh, ‘winning’ in the indie scene.