Friday, December 10: Don’t let Friday be a quiet night. For one it’s Friday, and if you really need another reason, Live 105 is hosting their Not So Silent Night holiday bash. And the lineup is quite nice. The Smashing Pumpkins, Phoenix, the Black Keys, Broken Bells, and (cough) My Chemical Romance take the stage at the HP Pavilion at 7:00pm. Tickets go from $48.25 to $70.00.
Friday, December 10: Next time your girlfriend asks you to go salsa dancing with her, use it as an excuse to go see Ozomatli. Conveniently, they’re playing three shows at the Fillmore on Friday and Saturday. The one on Friday starts at 9:00pm, tickets are $26.50.
Saturday, December 11: Seeing the genre smashing Bassnectar (read my interview with him here) live is a new experience each and every time for a couple reasons. One, he plays a fresh set each time, and two, by the time you leave you have hundreds of new best friends. Check out Oakland’s Fox theater Saturday at 8pm to have the time of your life. Tickets are sold out but check out Craigslist, it’s worth it.
Saturday, December 11: The Dandy Warhols wouldn’t care “If You Were Last Junkie On Earth.” But that shouldn’t stop you from checking them out on Saturday at The Regency Ballroom if they’re your cup of tea. Show starts at 8pm, tickets are $23.
Sunday, December 12: The Black Crowes have been around longer than some of today’s pop stars have even been on earth, got to respect that. The Atlanta natives are wrapping up their tour on Sunday at 8pm at the Fillmore; tickets are $60. They will be playing an hour and a half acoustic set followed by an hour and a half electric set, for a total of three hours of awesome. NOTE: The Black Crowes are also playing on Tuesday the 14th, Wednesday the 15th, and Friday through Sunday the 19th; all dates at the Fillmore. Check here for tickets.
There are a million things to love about this song, but you should find them for yourself. Nero recently dropped this extremely infectious remix of “Hypnotize U” by N.E.R.D. and Daft Punk. Have a listen. Then another. And another.
The Streets have revealed that they will release their final album on February 7 of next year, but the good news is we get one in between then too. Mike Skinner gives us a taste of his conclusion album, Computers and Blues, with the alt-rocky “Going Through Hell.” The second to last album, Cyberspace and Reds, doesn’t have a release date yet (sometime before 2/7) but he teases us with “Too Numb.” Check it out above.
I’m not going to lie. I don’t really like the Killers. BUT, I did listen to their new Christmas song, “Boots”, all the way through and for good reason. Every time this video is watched, Starbucks will donate 5 cents to the (Red) foundation which helps fight AIDS in Africa. Win/Win.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
The record label of bands like Best Coast and The Soft Pack, Mexican Summer, is looking for interns for the summer of 2011. Sounds like a damn good way to spend a summer, hit up firstname.lastname@example.org for more more about the gig.
San Francisco’s longest music festival, Noise Pop, has started devising their lineup for next year’s festival during the last week of February. So far we have: Wavves, Best Coast, Stone Foxes, Yo La Tengo, How To Dress Well, Dan Deacon and more.
This is probably the best Advent calendar ever, and it’s not even filled with cheap chocolate. Gorillaz has set up a digital gift schedule on their website and are giving out free surprises everyday for the rest of the month. And no cheating, only one a day.
The democratic process is essential to the American way of life. Hit up Spin’s 2010 poll and cast your vote on everything ranging from best new artist to who the best person to follow on Twitter is.