See it Live:
Wednesday, November 17: A Perfect Circle continues their three-night streak at the Fillmore on Wednesday, where they’ll be playing their album Thirteenth Step. Tickets are $52.50, and the show starts at 8:00pm.
Thursday, November 18: On Thursday, A Perfect Circle finishes up their three-night stay at the Fillmore, catch them at 8:00pm where they’ll be performing their album eMOTIVe. Tickets are $52.50.
Friday, November 19: Thirty years later, and after handfuls of tours and members, Bad Religion continues to pump out melodic, political punk rock. The southern California band is playing the Regency Ballroom at 7:30pm on Friday. Catch harmonies and mosh pits for $23.00.
Friday, November 19: Every Time I Die is playing a show at the humble Oakland Metro on Friday; and heavy riffs and small venues usually only lead to one thing, a great time. Tickets are $13.00, show starts at 7:30pm.
Friday, November 19: Scratching at success with songs like “Hannah” and “Generator 1st Floor,” Freelance Whales blends indie and pop into comfy little songs that are hard to ignore. Check them out with Miniature Tigers on Friday at the Rickshaw Stop for $12, 9:00pm showtime.
Friday, November 19: Ambient guitar and high pitched vocals have almost always have a dreamy pop sound, and Blonde Redhead is no exception. The Italian transplants are playing the Warfield for $22.25 on Friday, show starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, November 20: This week’s brutality comes in the form of the Black Label Berzerkus tour at the Warfield on Saturday night. Black Label Society and Children of Bodom will be destroying ear buds starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $36.75.
Saturday, November 20: Bad Religion will also be playing a show on Saturday, again at the Regency Ballroom. This show starts at 8:30pm, get a tickets for $23.00.
Sunday, November 21: If you ever see someone with shoes that were once white, and are now various shades of red and yellow, they’ve probably recently been to a Gwar show. This band of space ages monsters is known for their crude and ridiculously fun live shows, so check them out at the Regency Ballroom on Sunday at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20.
Girl Talk, the song sampling party starter, released a free album on Monday and managed to crash some servers in the process. All Day is available for download right here, but unless you got it early Tuesday, you’re going to have to wait for the Internet to sort itself out. It shouldn’t be too long, right?
Kanye West is trying to push hip hop in a new direction, and there’s no doubt he’s doing it. Check out his artsy/epic new video for his song Runaway above. The track is damn good and the supermodel angel doesn’t hurt either.
Not to worry, there’s still hope for major label rap. Jay-Z signed Jay Electronica to Roc Nation on Friday, and Jay Elect just released this song called “Shiny Suit Theory.” It’s a jazzy, feel good joint that features the label matriarch, and it really shows his unique train of thought and passionate style. I’ve probably listened to it 25 times in the last three days.
Plan B is British, he can croon like an angel, and can even lay down a solid, accent-ridden rhyme. This qualifies him as a renaissance man in my book. His song “Love Goes Down” gets a remix by Danny Byrd, and pure synth/pop/dubstep joy ensues. This song is full of fun.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Critics and committed fans have hailed New Orleans rapper Jay Electronica for years, and it appears his day has now come. His witty rap is drenched in passion, so it’s no wonder why the husband of Erykah Badu just got signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. Check out this video where hova announces Electronica’s signing, and the new comer shows us what he’s about.
The cat loving prince and princess of lo-fi indie, Wavves and Best Coast, have recorded a song for Target’s Christmas record. Random? Yes. But hey, maybe they’ll get discounts on cat litter and Ziplocs for their weed. Directions to check it out here, also scope the dates on their co headlining tour, which raps up in San Francisco in February.
There’s something inherently contradictory about the term “indie supergroup,” but hey, stuff happens. Wild Flag is made of members from Helium, the Minders, and Sleater-Kinney, but according to Spin they have some kinks to work out. Find out more about their debut show here.
I thought this was interesting. Check out how Lady Gaga has evolved through the years, from following the pack to leading it. This photo collection breaks it down nicely.
Matt Lauer and Kanye West had a little scuffle during a television interview last week, whoa didn’t see that one coming! Check out this clip. Talk about awkward tension!