See it Live!:

Thursday, December 30th: Primus will be warming up for their new year’s show by performing their entire Sea of Cheese album at the Fox theater. Tickets are $42.50, show starts at 8:00pm.

Friday, December 31st: This new years is Les Claypool‘s 20th end of the year show in the Bay Area, that’s reason enough to celebrate for me. Les and Primus will be hitting the Fox Theater in Oakland at 9pm and tickets start at $49.50. So if clubbing isn’t your thing, this might be.

Friday, December 31st: Not into $15 drinks and gold chains? Peep this, New Years at 924 Gilman will be a hell of a time. Monster Squad, Media Blitz and others will be hosting circle pits until around midnight. Show starts at 7:00pm, tickets are $8.

Friday, December 31st: This event raises my “way over priced” flag, but see what you think. Steve Aoki will be headlining the Streets of SF NYE event at Fort Mason, and I think it’s safe to say that will be a good time. However, it looks like only VIP tickets are left for a hefty $300. Ouch.

Friday, December 31st: Your most psychedelic (and legal) new year’s experience can be had at Sea of Dreams. Thievery Corporation, Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, Modeselektor and will be providing music will plenty of visual arts and drinking take place. Party’s at 8th and Brannan. Tickets start at $89.00, show starts at 8:00pm.

Listen Here!:

Originality is one of Gorillaz strong suites, and they continue that spirit through the holidays with the release a free album that was completely recorded and mixed on an iPad. “The Fall” – called so because it was made on the road during 32 days of Gorillaz Fall tour – was produced with a dozen musical iPad apps and a couple other synths. Fan club members can download the album for free, or non-members can trade an email address to stream it right here.

Rick Ross would make a great Santa in my opinion. I mean, between that beard and dropping a free mix tape on Christmas eve he’s already half way there. “Ashes to Ashes” features big names like Wiz Khalifa, Birdman, Wale, and Ludacris; and my hopes are high after the New York Times gave Ross album of the year.

The people have spoken! The 50 most downloaded songs on Stereogum have been compiled into one easy to use list, so check out what your neighbors are listening to. Key tracks: “Odessa”-Caribou; “Halo (Beyonce cover)”- Major Lazer ft. Elephant Man; “VCR (Matthew Dear remix)”- The xx.

The doctor is back in the house! But he doesn’t want to hear about your damn ailments. Dr. Dre is getting us ready for his upcoming Detox album with tracks featuring heavy hitters like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay Z and more. “Syllables” is a clever diss on radio rap with a beat that creeps along like a midnight lowrider. “Kush” is an obvious ode to the sticky icky, but “Topless” seems to go back into the radio friendly territory him and Em just finished hating on. Check them out “Topless” here and “Kush” above.

Heard it Through the Grapevine:

NSFW. There’s something about those magical four letters that catch the eye faster than a nudist catches a cold. While I have your attention, check out Stereogum’s 12 most NSFW music videos of 2010. ‘Cause hey, it wouldn’t be rock and roll without them.

Lupe Fiasco‘s theatrical and inspiring new single “The Show Goes On” now has a music video. The Modest Mouse sampling song gets visual with scenes of Lupe backstage getting pumped for a concert and it’s just as warming as the song. Check it out! The video ends just as he goes onstage, did some one say video series?

Stealing from a thug? That’s risky, Nordstrom valet dude. The Game claimed in a tweet that while he was out doing some holiday shopping, the Nordstrom valet service swooped a duffel bag out of his car, leaving him out $75,000 and two chains. According to the LA big shot, the police weren’t any help, supposedly taking more time to question the rapper than solve the crime.

First good news of 2011? Ticket prices for next year’s concerts will be a little cheaper. Pollstar reports that in 2010 the music industry upped the price of those all mighty stubs, thinking that people would still pay for their few shows a year. In short, they didn’t, so a few promoters are deciding to cut back. Now you can have your concert, AND get a beer.

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