See it Live:

Tuesday, July 12: The tenth season of American Idol is on the road and you catch the crew at Oracle arena. The final 11 contestants will be battling it out it to express their true talent. Witness the showdown for $56.20. The tour will be in San Jose on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 14: They never disappoint during a live set. They’re Portugal. The Man and they’ll be at the Rickshaw stop Thursday night for a Popscene event. This show is 18+ and runs 9:00pm-2:00am. Tickets are $13.

Friday, July 15: Who ever said ska is dead? This Friday at the Regency Ballroom will bring us Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish along with a whole bunch of upbeat guitar riffs. The show starts at 7:00pm and tickets are $17.50.

Saturday, July 16: They released an album early this week, but if you have a ticket you can catch Alkaline Trio playing 15 years worth of material at Slims this weekend. The show is sold out, and for good reason. That collection of songs, plus acoustic numbers, should leave an imprint in any fans mind. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Sunday, July 17: If you’ve never before had a reason to skank around Stern Grove, this is it. The English Beat and locals My First Earthquake will be hitting the park at 2:00pm. The event is free, though a donation is suggested. A picnic comes in handy, and show up early if you want a spot where you can see the stage.

Listen Here:

The newest track from Bassnectar sounds like what a rollercoaster feels like. “Upside Down” could easily be thrown into the dubstep bin, but watch out for other influences from hip hop to gravity. And of course, watch out for those drops. Download it for free here and check out the four other short previews. Lorin’s next album, Divergent Spectrum, drops August 2.

This is a pretty natural fit. The Knux feature Kid Cudi on another taste of their upcoming Eraser album, which is reportedly out in September. The track “Run” is a moody rock anthem about a girl that just can’t stick around. A smooth, catchy chorus makes those gritty flows a little more radio friendly, but don’t expect on hearing it through FM waves.. If you like, it’s now available on iTunes.

This singer-songwriter from Los Angeles is selling out shows overseas, but Kina Grannis hasn’t even booked a show here for her next tour. Maybe it’s due to her status as a social media star that’s allowed this. Or her music, which Entertainment Weekly described as “sweetly hooky.” Decide for yourself: Check out her latest single, “The One You Say Goodnight To.”

Meet Fanzine. They’re a grungy rock-outfit from London whose buzz is beginning to float overseas. Released themselves, they debuted the four EP on four separate UK blogs, but it’s all available for a listen on their Soundcloud. It’s hazy, melancholy and just in time for the resurrection of grunge. Must be that London fog.

Heard it Through the Grapevine:

The newest album from the Cool Kids just came out today. Lead by the steezy single “Bundle Up”, When Fish Ride Bicycles is available for $7.99. It took the boys three years to bring us the album, so it better be good.

You may know him more for his French-electro hits, but Mr. Oizo is also a filmmaker. He’s got this film, “Rubber,” that’s now available for instant viewing on Netflix. It’s a ridiculous dark-comedy about a killer car tire that has a mind and heart of it’s own. It’s supposed to be really clever and symbolic, but who cares when there’s a tire destroying shit? Watch a trailer here.

This is just sad. The bassist from Coheed and Cambria, Michael Todd, robbed a pharmacy of Oxycontin before a show in Massachusetts last week, and of course, was arrested. TMZ says he took a taxi from the Walgreens to the arena after showing the pharmacist a typed cellphone note saying he had a bomb and wanted the medication.

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