See it Live:
Wednesday, June 22: Second hand smoke will be aplenty at the Wiz Khalifa show this week. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium will be fully Taylored at this sold out smoke-out on Wednesday night at 8:00pm. Tickets were $35, contact highs are complimentary.
Friday, June 24: The Los Angeles electro crew known as the Glitch Mob learned a lot on their busy touring schedule last year. And now, the three say they are ready to unleash all the new knowledge on this year’s circuit. See them with the local Ana Sia this Friday at the Regency Ballroom. Tickets are $25, show starts at 9:00pm.
Friday, June 24: Call them the kings of Bonnaroo or one of the biggest rock bands around right now, either way positive words completely surround My Morning Jacket. They’ll be playing a sold out show at the Fox Theater in Oakland this Friday at 8:00pm. Tickets were $45.
Saturday, June 25: Deep Purple is bringing their extensive catalog of songs – as well as a full symphony – to the Sleep Train Pavilion. ‘The Songs That Built Rock’ tour is wrapping up this Saturday, and it’s the first time they’ve ever toured with this kind of setup in America. Joe Satriani will be opening. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7:00pm.
Sunday, June 26: They’ve been labeled a Legend of Live concerts, and you can get the Rush experience for yourself this Sunday in the East Bay. The trio will be at the Sleep Train Pavilion for their ‘Time Machine’ tour, where they’ll be playing their entire Moving Pictures album as well as material off their upcoming album, Clockwork Angels. Tickets are $50-$160, and the show starts at 7:30pm.
This is my new favorite song. VHS or Beta give us “I Found A Reason” off their not-yet-released fourth album Diamonds & Death. The track is nearly six minutes of heel-tapping, hand-clapping, tales of heartbreak. Sexy vocals rest comfortably over a deeply layered instrumental track. The result is musical gold that’s perfect for summer nights. The album is out September 27.
In support of LGBT teens, Rise Against teamed up with the It Gets Better project to create “Make It Stop (September’s Children),” a song and accompanying video that address LGBT bullying and suicide. The powerful video features encouraging clips from footage submitted to the project as well as an emotional story line. Check out the band’s website for more info.
Ever wondered what 8 months in a celebrity DJ’s shoes is like? Watch Skrillex‘s video for “Rock and Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain).” Hint: There’s a lot of partying, a lot of good times, and a lot of other celebrity DJ’s. Great energy in the video, so don’t watch unless you plan on partying immediately afterwards.
Weapons, nude collages, and reptiles. It could be a Michael Bay movie, or the new NSFW video for Yuck‘s song “Shook Down.” Their grungy track gets a crisp reel of visuals made for a confused head-cock of curious disgust. It’s…beautiful?
A dancy, new-age cover of Judas Priest? Why not, says YACHT. They put their spin on the classic “Breaking the Law,” which turns the ‘middle finger in the face’ tone into a ‘I’m going to dance badly to annoy you’ sort of deal. Cute. Have a listen over at Stereogum.
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
Missed Bon Iver on the Colbert Report last night? No worries, check out their performances of “Calgary” and “Skinny Love” as well as an interview with lead singer Justin Vernon. StePhest ColbChella, as this week has been dubbed, will continue with performances from Florence and the Machine, Talib Kweli, and Jack White.
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast recently revealed some details about her upcoming album to Rolling Stone. In the video, she says that this release will explore different styles from her first, and that she’s been listening to a lot of older country (specifically Loretta Lynn) for inspiration – but don’t worry, she says there’s no chance of them becoming a country band. Can’t wait to hear what they’ve got for us.