See it Live:
Friday, November 5: Florence and the Machine gave a killer performance at the VMA’s earlier this year, and now you have the chance to see it for yourself. Florence Welch and her band of backers will be in Oakland on Friday starting at 8:00pm, get a ticket for $25.00.
Saturday, November 6: Saturday will be a night of trip hop as Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation head to the Greek theater in Berkeley. The show starts at 7:00pm, tickets are $55.00. Fans of hip hop and electronic music, and the melding of both, this show is for you.
Saturday, November 6: I don’t think there would be any better place for Mavis Staples and Billy Bragg to play in the city than the Fillmore, and it just so happens that’s exactly where they are playing this Saturday. Go to church for $49.00, show starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, November 6: There’s going to a punky-reggae party at the Warfield on Saturday and you’re cordially invited. Pepper is hosting it, and if you’re worried about second hand smoke this may not be your event. Show starts at 8:00pm, get in for $23.75.
Saturday, November 6: Thee Oh Sees have gone through a couple different names, but I think they finally found one that fits. The SF band is playing at the Uptown Nightclub in Oakland for $12.00 on Saturday. According to Ticketmaster there will be “special guests” but they remain unnamed. The show starts at 9:00pm, but sorry kids, it’s 21 and up only.
Sunday, November 7: There aren’t many voices that can compare to Anthony Green of Circa Survive, so you should probably check it out for yourself. The Philly band will be at the Regency Ballroom on Sunday for a modest $14.50, show starts at 6:00pm.
Crystal Castles and Robert Smith. That just sounds good. And when they collaborated and covered the Platinum Blonde track “Not in Love” they proved us right. Check out the melodramatic track above, tissues may be need.
Fellow Chicago rappers Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco have teamed up on a new track as part of Kanye’s GOOD Friday campaign. “Don’t Look Down” also features Mos Def and Big Sean, though it’s Lupe’s verse that takes the cake. Check it out.
“Louder Than Ever” is a spanking new song from the Cold War Kids, and according to interviews, that’s how the direction their sound is headed. The band has stated they aren’t afraid of making it big, even as an ‘indie’ band. Take a listen to the song and see if you like their new direction.
She said no to rehab, and apparently now it’s her party and she can cry if she wants too. Amy Winehouse is prepping us for her next album by giving us a cover of Lesley Gore’s classic “It’s My Party.” A very appropriate choice for Amy, she definitely seems like a wasted-crying-birthday girl type.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Wondering what your favorite musicians were for Halloween? Luckily Spin threw together a little slideshow of the their take on the 10 best music celeb costumes. Snoop Dogg as a Sesame street character? Jesus. Wait til you see Courtney Love‘s costume.
Matt & Kim released their third album Sidewalks yesterday over MySpace, click here to stream the album for free. If you have any strong feelings about it after listening, Stereogum wants your review; head over there and “be the blog”, AKA feel free to rant your fingers off. It’s also useful to check out if you to check out a collection of opinions of the duo’s new material.
Jon Stewarts Rally to Restore Sanity in D.C. was more “music than comedy” according to Rolling Stone, not hard to imagine with a lineup like Yusuf Islam, John Legend, Kid Rock, and Mavis Staples. Check out their coverage of the musical side of the event, and also this video of Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) and Ozzy Osbourne and their ‘dueling trains’.
T.I. recently returned to an Arkansas prison in for 11 months after violating parole, but he won’t be eating too shabbily. According to TMZ, the menu looks like this: grilled cheese, PB&J, mac and cheese, hamburgers, vegetables, chicken patties and the house mystery dish of ‘creamed beef.’ Aside from that last one, count me in.
You can expect a song from Rihanna and Katy Perry in the near future, and hell, I’m even looking forward to it. Rihanna recently told MTV that the two bad girls are working on a new song, and that’d she love to tour with Katy because she’s a “rock star.” Yes, Rihanna, I would too.