Thursday, December 23: Phil Lesh and and Bob Weir of Furthur are San Francisco royalty, which explains why they sold out two nights back to back at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. They also play Friday, both shows start at 7:30pm. Craigslist may be your only hope.
Friday, December 24: Furthur at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium! It’s sold out, but check up on our plan B above.
Friday, December 24: There will be a mass amounts of holiday joy at the Castro theater this Friday as the Gay Men’s Chorus hits the stage for their 21st annual Home for the Holidays celebration. Their website states the chorus as over 250 strong these days, and it is their artistic director’s farewell show so they’re “pulling out all the stops.” Sounds like a gay ol’ time. Show times are at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm, tickets are only $20.
This is a nifty little remix. Beck gives Lykke Li’s “Get Some” a bouncy twist, cutting the song into a grungy hip hop beat. Good stuff.
Spanning from astral electronic bangers to melodic synth pop, it’s easy to spot East Bay beat junkie Nanosaur’s 21st century influences. But that’s not to say his music is cheap and inauthentic, because his new EP Shades proves quite the opposite. His ear for warm, tingly leads and vocals saturated in youthfulness make for a wide range of fun, pretty tracks. Download his new EP “Shades” for free, right here.
The chronically high Wiz Khalifa gave a peep of his new track, called “Taylor Gang,” at a show in (where else) Pittsburgh. Luckily someone taped it and threw it on YouTube so we can have a listen too. The quality isn’t too great, but unfortunately neither is the song, he seems to be making his style less original. It’s supposedly produced by Lex Luger, watch it above and tell me what you think of it.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
The holy rock and roll hall of fame inducted 5 new members for 2011, they are: Tom Waits, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Dr. John. Check out some of their reactions here.
Don Van Vliet, the artist who most of us knew and loved as Captain Beefheart, passed away due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis. The man, whose music and art are continually described as unique, irreplaceable, rule breaking and legendary, was 69 years old. Check out Rolling Stone’s photo tribute here.
In other Wiz Khalifa news, the kid hooked up with Snoop Dogg and they’ve been working on a new track called “The Weed is Mine.” Wow, I never would have guessed these two would make a song about pot! A video is in the works, and I’m pretty excited for it. Should be good. Warren G has been hitting them up on Twitter trying to get a song with them too! Smart man.
Dirty, hard work pays off. Just ask the Black Keys, whom Spin announced as their artist of the year. Check out a snippet of the colorful article and interview here, where they talk about what it feels like to play to 50,000 and hang out with Robert Plant.
Sir 50 Cent, Duke of Vitamin Water and G-Unit, announced that he will be opening up a new record label dubbed G-Note records. G-Note is a hip-hop partner label underneath G-Unit that’s meant for Pop and R&B artists that so far includes Hot Rod and Governor.