See it Live:

Wednesday, March 16: Amoeba Music is great for many reasons, one being they bring us free shows. Warpaint will be playing some songs at the Haight location starting at 6:00pm. They’ll also be playing a sold out show at the Independent later that night.

Thursday, March 17: The Oakland Metro isn’t the biggest venue, but that usually doesn’t scale down the fun factor. As I Lay Dying will be tearing up the place on Thursday at 7:00pm with Winds of Plague and After the Burial, brutal. Tickets are $18.

Friday, March 18: Devo gets around. The Ohio icons will be at the Warfield on Friday, so bust out your hazard suits and beehive hats, because it’s time to whip it. Tickets start at $34.75, show starts at 9:00pm.

Friday, March 18: Mash ups are great. Peanut butter and jelly, Biggie Smalls and Jimi Hendrix, it’s all the same to Girl Talk. The notorious DJ will be spinning a sold out show at the Fox in Oakland on Friday at 9:00pm. Tickets were $29.50.

Saturday, March 19: Get ready for some “Drunken Lullabies” with Flogging Molly at the Fox theater, if you have a ticket that is. The Celtic punks are known for their rowdy drinking tunes, so I don’t see why the live show would be any different. Their sold out show in Oakland starts at 7:30pm and tickets were $29.50.

Saturday, March 19: Germans know a thing or two about electronic music, just ask Boys Noize. Tickets to the 21+ show are now $24.50, but that’s probably better than not having one at all. Doors open at 9:00pm.

Sunday, March 20: Another free show from the folks at Amoeba. This Sunday Zion-I and The Grouch (of Living Legends) will be performing a short set at the Amoeba on Haight to promote their new album Heroes in the Healing of a Nation. It comes out March 22, but you can get it early at the show. Starts at 2:00pm.

Listen Here!:

If you don’t know what a ‘fralbum’ is, Mac Miller is here to show you. This free album (“it’s not a mixtape, it’s fralbum”) is called Best Day Ever and it’s the Philly teenager’s latest. His last show in the city sold out, and he’s recently had trending topic on Twitter, so I’ll take the music. Thumbs up!

One good thing about Spin’s lists is that they usually include free music. Here are a couple: 33 songs you could hear if you were going to SXSW, and 19 songs you might hear this month.

Heard it Through the Grapevine:

The newest album from the Strokes doesn’t come out until March 22, but you can now preview/dance to it on their website. Julian switched up his vocal style a bit and the entire sound of the album is new to the band, but I like it. Not sure how long the stream is going to be up, but I’d imagine until that super exciting countdown hits zero.

Bust out the brass monkey, the Beastie Boys are back in business. Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two is set to come out May 3, but catch a glimpse of the cover right now. You can also scope a track list and Nas collaboration here courtesy of Pitchfork.

The man who created the Grateful Dead’s dancing bear logo and possibly the most legendary LSD ever, Owsley Stanley, died in a car crash on Monday. He also acted as a sound man and tour manager for the Dead for many years. ‘Bear’ was in Australia where he had been living for many years at the time of his death, and was 76-years-old. Stanley reportedly referred to his drug production as community service, and the likes of Zappa and Hendrix would probably agree. [NME]

If you heard the name Rebecca Black over the weekend, the newest monster creation of the music industry, you probably also heard her Youtube hit “Friday.” Well, Rolling Stone says the song isn’t as horrible as we all think. Is there genius really hidden under all those layers of awful?

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