Tuesday, April 5: Talib Kweli brings his Gutter Rainbows tour to the Fillmore Tuesday night. Tickets start at $40.50, show starts at 8:00pm. His live show has been described as awe inspiring, but then again, that’s what a gutter rainbow does: inspire awe.
Thursday, April 7: A couple weeks ago, the Dodos released their fourth album, No Color. It pounds with rhythm, much like their others do, and you can check it out live at the Fillmore on Thursday. Tickets come out to $27.50, music starts at 9:00pm.
Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9: Never got to see the Grateful Dead live? Here’s a chance to make yourself feel a little better. Dark Star Orchestra, the greatest of Grateful Dead cover bands, will be at the Great American Music Hall for a three night stay later this week. Tickets start at $30.00 and the tributes begin at 9:00pm.
Saturday, April 9: Long Beach’s Cold War Kids will be at the Fox theatre on Saturday, right before they head back down the coast for Coachella. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, April 9: Start preparing for circle pits. Rise Against, Bad Religion, and Four Years Strong are going to be at the Bill Graham auditorium at 7:30pm on Saturday. You can be there for $32.50.
Saturday, April 9: Abandoning the name ‘Johnny Cougar’ was probably a good call for John Mellencamp, but it’s still a badass nickname. Tickets for this Saturday night show at the Warfield start at $49.50, but it can get pricy depending on where you want to sit. Music begins at 7:00pm.
Dave Grohl doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and that is fine with me. The Foo Fighters are now streaming their seventh album, Wasting Light, for free on their site. It’s just straightforward alternative rock, made with real life instruments. There’s even a guitar solo! And I thought those were extinct? Wasting Light comes out April 12.
“My rhymes age like wine, as I get older/I get bolder.” That’s a telling line from our first taste of the single from the Beastie Boys upcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 with this teaser of the track “Make Some Noise.” They seem to be taking it back a little bit, reinvigorating those silly, funky verses that they made a name for themselves with. The album comes out May 3.
It’s been half a decade since Incubus released their last album, but they’re back with their new single, “Adolescents.” They released it on their website Monday, and it’s the single for their next release If Not Now, When? It’s got a clean, melodic guitar riff that floats over a solid layer of swaying percussion, and of course some heart-felt mantra’s from Mr. Boyd. A typical Incubus track.
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Theophilus London may be a ladies man, but that always comes with a side of heartbreak. The lanky rapper/now-turned-model‘s track “Why Even Try?” now has a paparazzi filled music video, and you can view it above.
You know you’ve made it when the Wall Street Journal calls you out for popularizing the most over-killed word of 2011. Berkeley’s Lil B got the credit on the Journal’s website, apparently after the VCU basketball team propelled the term “swag” into the land of old-white-guys-in-suits. Makes me giggle a little bit. In the wise words of Lil B, “Swag, Woop!”
While a chunk of his song writing material was about getting high, and he reportedly got caught up with liquid cocaine (who knew there was such a thing?), Kid Cudi says those high-times are past. The ex-lonely stoner declared his new, sober ways on the first of April, but says he’s not fooling around. Read his full statement here. I’m happy for the guy, but I wonder how it will affect his music.
Looking for a way to blow some money this summer? Spin gives us a forecast of 25 tours worth seeing this upcoming season, most of which are coming here. Lil Wayne, Cut Copy, and much more; we’re spoiled.