See it Live:
Tuesday, April 26: JAMAICA is from France. Above is their super informational music video for “I think I Like U 2,” where you can learn some super cool fun facts. If you like, catch them at the Independent tonight at 8:00pm for $15.00.
Wednesday, April 27: Sans Garfunkel, Paul Simon will be playing to a sold out Fillmore for his last show night of three in the Bay. He played at sold out show at the Fox Theater on Tuesday night and on Monday was at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are $67 and the show starts at 8:00pm.
Thursday, April 28: Donald Glover, Childish Gambino – however you know the actor and “30 Rock” writer, he’ll be at Fillmore to show you what he’s made of on the IAmDonald tour. The first part of the show will be his stand up comedy portion, followed by his music. And it’s actually supposed to be a good show; that’s some skill right there.
Friday/Saturday, April 29/30: San Francisco’s own Blame Sally will be at the Great American Music Hall for two nights in a row this weekend, April 29 and 30. Both shows are seated and start at 8:30pm. Tickets are $36 at the door or you can get them in advance for Friday and Saturday for $31.
Friday, April 29: Last year Kenny Chesney topped the Billboard 200 chart for album sales. I know that because I wanted to find out if people actually listen to him, and in fact it’s true. All you Kenny lovers out there can catch him at the Shoreline Amphitheater down in San Jose at 7:00pm. And if you need a Stetson check out Cable Car Clothiers, though the hat will probably run you more than the tickets, which start at $55.00.
Yes! That’s all I could say after hearing that the new Beastie Boys album is available to stream on their website. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 opens with their single “Make Some Noise” and has 16 tracks of quick, fresh rhymes that are reminiscent of their B-Boy heyday but sound more mature. Check it out!
There’s beauty in simplicity, and East Bay producer NanosauR‘s debut album is built off both. Imagination ProjectS is 14 tracks of getting drunk with your friends and soon to be girlfriend on a warm afternoon at Dolores Park. It’s fun, cute, hip and a damn good time. The album is available for stream on his website.
Who needs an expensive location and beautiful women when you’ve got some creepy masks and an aging sedan? Hail Mary Mallon is a fresh new project from Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic. We saw them during Noise Pop this year, and they’ve got a new music video for us, filmed live from the inside of a burgundy Camry. The track “Smock” is through Rhymesayers Entertainment, check out the video here.
Our first taste of the next Neon Indian album comes through this artful video, titled “Heart: Attack,” of Alan Palomo’s adventures while recording the sophomore album in Helsinki. It has no title yet, but the band pinky swears the album will be out this Fall. Alan and the gang will be in San Francisco the last two weekends of May with Sleigh Bells, but both shows are already sold out.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
On Monday night at the age of 53, Poly Styrene passed away from an ongoing battle with cancer. Born Marianna Elliot Said, she’s immortalized from her days as the X-Ray Spex front woman, and also her solo album, Generation Indigo, which was just released today. You can stream the album here on AOL, and it’s now available for purchase.
On Sunday night, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross were putting on a show at Oracle Arena when two special guests made an appearance during Rozay’s set for some local love. E-40 and Too $hort came out for a track during his set and it looks like the crowd went crazy. You can check out a video on Rap Radar.
It’s only appropriate that Odd Future create their own record label to house their ridiculous raps, and that’s exactly what’s been done. Pitchfork reports that Odd Future Records will be under the umbrella of Sony, but the group will still hold all creative control over their tracks. I wonder how long it’s going to be before Sony has their hand over Tyler, The Creators’ mouth.
Lollapalooza is turning 20 this year, and last night they announced who would be attending the party. Eminem, Foo Fighters, Cold Play and plenty more will be celebrating in Grant Park this August 5-7, and the entire bill can be scoped at the festival site. Chicago: Where you go for the music, and stay for the hot dogs.