See it Live:
Wednesday, May 11: A little over a month ago The Kills released their fourth album, Blood Pressures, and you really can’t go wrong with a sexy combination of electric guitar and female vocals. Their tunes drip attitude, as do Alison and Jamie. See it for yourself on Wednesday at the Fillmore. The show starts at 8:00pm and tickets are $35.25.
Wednesday, May 11: You may have seen them before, but Pinback is switching up their live show. The two will playing as a duo and “the idea is to our music at times in a more broken down manner very similar sounding to how it might be for Rob and [Zack] when we’re coming up with a song for the very first time” – as they said in a note on their website. Tickets to the show at Bimbo’s 365 Club are $22.00 and it begins at 8:00pm.
Wednesday, May 11: The Brazilian metal scene has never had a better ambassador than Sepultura. Their world tour will be stopping by the Regency Ballroom on Wednesday for $25.00, and the show starts at 7:00pm.
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15: This weekend, Sonora will be home to a 3-day bass music gathering – on a river. Emissions Festival will host Ill Gates, J.Rabbit, The Widdler and a bunch more sets including some great local talent. The event is fairly small, around 1,000 people, but that should give it a good atmosphere. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.
Lady Gaga released both a new video and a new song during the past week, which is really just her warm up for taking over the world once again.
The video for “Judas” was released was week and it caused a bit of a stir, an essential move for every big album drop. Is it just me, or was this song made for Dance Dance Revolution?
And yesterday at 1:00pm, Gaga fed her little monsters “The Edge of Glory” (you can hear it above). It’s a punch of self-empowerment, perfect for fist-pumping in your living room. Watch out for that saxophone piece near the end, it’s classic. I am fully prepared for the world to be saturated with this song. Until I’m sick of it. Her upcoming album, Born This Way, is scheduled to come out May 23.
The good folks over at Complex gave us a heads up that Kanye West will be dropping a video of his Coachella performance in the vague and near future, but they passed on this mixtape of the audio for us to enjoy until then.
This tune was number one on Spin’s latest “songs you must hear now!” list. But “Locomotive” by the beautiful Alex Winston also got the Take Away Show treatment, which makes the energy of the song that much greater. Alex and her band of hooligans took to the Palace of Versailles for their episode, warming the dreary courtyard in a matter of seconds. Watch for the random flute dude, music magic ensues.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Tyler, The Creator‘s second album, Goblin, is out today. I found this review from the Chicago Tribune I found interesting, though I hardly expect anyone to agree on a release like this. Here’s a couple tracks to get a taste: “She”; “Tron Cat”; and the now famous “Yonkers.”
The Stern Grove Festival is looking mighty fine this year. The English Beat, The Dodos, Neko Case as well as the Ballet, Symphony and Opera will be lounging around the grove all summer, check here for dates and more info.
Santana and George Lopez are going on the road together, and yes you read that correctly. Fortunately for us, two of their five tour dates are right here in the bay. A show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View is scheduled for 9/24, and the Sleeptrain Amphitheater in Concord is scheduled for 9/25. Yea, that’s a while from now, but I’m spreading the word now because tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00am. You should be able to score stubs from either of their websites, or either of the venues.