Wednesday, March 30: There are plenty of singer/songwriters in New York City, but Ari Hest made it out alive. His voice, which is deep and almost menacing at times, gives his songs a more sultry tone than most acoustic guitar wielding college acts. Ari will be playing a 21+ show at Café du Nord tomorrow starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15.
Thursday, March 31: Gerard and the rest of the My Chemical Romance gang are playing a sold out show at the Fox theater on Thursday. Also appearing will be Neon Trees and The Architects, starting at 8:00pm. Tickets were $35.
Friday, April 1: The West Coast’s best bass party now has a vacation home in San Francisco. Low End Theory is a notorious weekly event in L.A. and fortunately we get a monthly version. April’s event, which is Friday, will have Nosaj Thing, Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer and more starting at 10:00pm. As always, the spot is 1015 Folsom, and the party is 21+. Presale tickets are sold out but it’s $20 at the door.
Friday, April 1: You know who can’t get enough of San Francisco? Steve Aoki. That’s probably because the well-rounded DJ can sell out a show here with no problem, this one at the Warfield on Friday included. For those that have tickets, the party starts at 9:00pm and is 18+.
Sunday, April 3: If you’re looking to release some aggression by punching strangers, this is your show. A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans and Pierce the Veil will be at the Warfield for an early show on Sunday, but it is unfortunately sold out. The music starts at 7:00pm and tickets started at $25.
A 38-track benefit album for Japan came out on March 25, and reportedly has been selling pretty well. Songs For Japan features a wide range of artists from Enya to Elton John to Eminem, and you can preview it with the entire track listing here. The album is a joint effort from 4 major labels to raise money, though I can’t find any info on how much of the $9.99 price tag goes to victims.
The Bay’s own Bobby Brackins has a new video (watch it above) for his celebratory track “A1.” The saucy video features an incredibly sexy Dev and lines like, “Don’t step on my Louis or I’mma be pissed.” Songs from the heart.
Nine-piece disco troupe Midnight Magic has a new video for their groovy single “Beam Me Up.” Like any funky occasion, it features mustaches and a lot of glitter. Watch it here.
Off his debut solo album, Travis Barker gives us a video for the “Can a Drummer Get Some?” remix which features Lil Wayne, Game, and Rick Ross. The edit is pretty minimal, with the crew just hanging out around Hollywood. But the verses are on point, and there’s something uniquely energetic about hip-hop with live drums.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
I never thought a baked good could be gangster, but Bun B proved me wrong in this picture he posted on his Tumblr account. The treat, which is covered in edible album covers, was dubbed the ‘UGKake.’
The hard copy of Radiohead‘s last album, King of Limbs, is now available for your consumption. It doesn’t feature any new tracks, like some expected, but it still has the tendency to make some dance like this. Here’s a review as well.
Wasting no time, The Strokes are reportedly going back to the studio within a couple weeks. They just released their first album in 5 years, but NME says they’ll be working on another by the middle of April.
Here are a couple new albums out today that might be worth picking up:
Snoop Dogg has released his eleventh album today, Doggumentary, which features names like Wiz Khalifa, Gorillaz, and Willie Nelson. Out of the hefty 21 tracks, 12 of those don’t feature anyone but the boss dogg himself, something we don’t see often from A-list rappers. Click here to preview some songs or buy the album. He’ll also be performing on David Letterman tonight.
The French trio that goes by Yelle released their playful album Safari Disco Club earlier today. Driven by poppy French-electro and an irresistible vocalist, their tunes are like the cute Parisian chick from college that you swore winked at you that one time in the hall. They’re currently on the road with Katy Perry, but you can preview or get their album here.
Peter Bjorn and John also have a new release out for the last Tuesday of the month. The Stockholm native’s sixth album, Gimme Some, is available for purchase or peeping on iTunes. You can also download “Breaker Breaker,” a punky, upbeat taste of the album, courtesy of RCRD LBL.