See it Live:
Wednesday, May 18: The lovely Ms. Lauryn Hill will be playing a special tribute to Bob Marley this week at Mezzanine. Florida’s Dead Prez will be opening, and my guess it’s totally worth the $65 ticket. The family tie between Hill and Marley should make for a powerful set, this is going to be a memorable show.
Wednesday, May 18: Metal is so much more metal when it’s in German (just watch this). Rammstein is playing the Oracle arena on Wednesday night, so you might want to break out your translators and earplugs. Tickets after fees start at $49.50 and the show starts at 8:00pm.
Thursday, May 19: Taking a break from his 21 night stand in Southern California, Prince is swinging up to San Jose for two nights, the other being on Saturday. The trip is a last minute decision, and SF Weekly thinks he’ll end up playing a show on Friday in the city as well. Both shows start at 7:30pm, tickets start at $56.
Thursday, May 19: I nominate this as the cutest show of the week. French singer Yelle will be at the Regency Ballroom for only $22 on Thursday, and after a hell of a performance at Coachella, this show should be a solid party. Show starts at 8:00pm.
Saturday, May 21: Another night of Prince at the HP Pavilion – see Thursday above – this man is a machine! Tickets start at $56.00, show starts at 7:30pm.
Saturday, May 21: A house party with free beer, free pizza, and the Knux. It may be your version of heaven, but it could also be a reality this Saturday. They’ve had some trouble getting the venue in order but once it’s finalized I’ll put that info right here. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list.
Saturday, May 21: She’s the most powerful celebrity in Britain apparently, but Kylie Minogue hasn’t kept much of a buzz here in America since she finally got out of our heads. However, she’ll be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Great American Music Hall on Saturday for her Aphrodite tour. Tickets start at $65.
Remember that album Rome that Danger Mouse and Jack White were working on? It’s now on the market. It’s officially by Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi, but they get Jack and Norah Jones so lay down some vocals throughout the album. It’s an instrumental based project, but Pitchfork believes it comes off as much more.
Dan Deacon recently co-directed this crazy, short film called “Hilvarenbeek.” It’s a scattered, artsy edit with an eerie soundtrack and social undertones backed by beautiful footage. It’s a strange flick, but what would you expect from Dan with the help of his friend Jimmy Joe Roche? Deacon is currently scoring a movie for Francis Ford Coppola, as well.
They’ve been getting back on the grind, so Sleigh Bells hooked up with Rolling Stone to talk about we we can expect from their next release, which they say should be out early next year. Head here to check out a short video of the interview.
I guess a record label could qualify as a gift that keeps on giving, so good job Big Boi. He gave his 16-year-old daughter a record label, Purple Kidz, for her birthday last week and it already has its first signee, 12-year-old Gabbie Rae. The girl can sing, but can a label with the name Purple Kidz stick around?
Anniversaries are better than birthdays because you can celebrate them all year long. That’s exactly what Pearl Jam is doing, and they announced more plans for the music festival they’re throwing in Minnesota as well as their movie and book. They’ll headline the September 3-4 festival along with the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney and more. The book and film are both called Pearl Jam Twenty, and cover the bands life.
A member of the breakout group Cali Swag District was shot and killed Sunday night in Los Angeles. M-Bone was at a liquor store after a session at a recording studio on when he was shot twice, though authorities aren’t sure of a motive. The groups biggest hit was last year’s “Teach Me How to Dougie” which reportedly had over 2 million single sales. Read more at the LA Times.