1) Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder is embarking on a solo tour this summer in support of his forthcoming album, Ukulele Songs, according to the Contra Costa Times, which likens Vedder's effort to Tiny Tim. Vedder plays the Paramount Theater July 11, tickets go on sale April 1.
Provided you've safely survived the deluge, plan the next 72 hours of your life, with help from our esteemed critics. NB, every single one of these events is indoors!
Facebook fans are lobbying — albeit softly — for Das Racist to perform at the combination KFC and Taco Bell on Telegraph Avenue when the hip-hop group makes an EastBay homecoming this Sunday. It seemed fitting, given that Das Racist launched its career with a viral joke-song, "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," later followed by the equally infectious hit, "Chicken and Meat." But emcees HimanshuSuri and Victor Vazquez defied expectations by booking themselves in a legit venue. Which makes sense — fast food isn't exactly the core of their repertoire. Rather, these guys specialize in post-colonial theory (hence the band name), glitchy electronic beats, and rambling pop-culture references. Last month Das Racist regaled a sold-out crowd at TheIndependent with 25 minutes of murmured rap lyrics and unmitigated sass. They opened the set by telling everyone to go home. Fans cheered, anyway. See them at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Sunday, Mar. 27. 9 p.m., $16, $18. TheNewParish.com. — Rachel Swan
Lisa Taylor: "Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals"
It's happening all over the world: Abandoned or long-ignored urban property is being transformed into fruitful agricultural land. At Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Mar. 25, Lisa Taylor presents Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals. Taylor is the education program manager for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that teaches urban dwellers how to grow organic food. 7:30 p.m., free. MrsDalloways.com. — Anneli Rufus
Video blogger Jay Smooth has some advice for the troubled R&B singer:
Oakland police officers and, apparently, a SWAT team descended on Yoshi's jazz club this morning, after a former employee went postal and destroyed roughly $10,000 of equipment with a baseball bat. Sound engineer Dan Pettit was arrested for felony vandalism after he entered the club at approximately 8:45 a.m. and wreaked havoc, bludgeoning several computers and overturning furniture. Pettit refused to talk to police, but according to Trib reporter Angela Woodall, he was upset over a dispute that occurred between engineers and performers at a concert Wednesday night. The act, hip-hop artist R.O.D. , performs over pre-recorded tracks. (The Trib mistakenly referred to R.O.D. as a sign language group — he's actually most famous for the song "I Can't Stand You.") It's still unclear what caused the argument.
As evidenced by the title of their "Siskel and Negro" podcast —formerly a show on radio station Live 105 — local comedians Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery never shied away from race themes. Bell generated a cult of fandom by trying — perhaps futilely — to end racism in about an hour. Avery decided that if he can't live up to the thug stereotypes that proliferate in Hollywood, he'll at least celebrate them. Hence the title of his new, star-studded production, Thugs: The Musical. And now, they've teamed up with Greg Edwards and Reggie Steele to address another befuddling stereotype, which may or may not hold true. Check the investigative report below:
So, Lady Gaga? You may have heard of her. She played some songs at the Oracle last night. It was pretty chill.
PSYCH! It was fucking bananas. We're talking at least eight costume changes; fire, sparklers, smoke, and countless other pyrotechnics (literal and figurative); a small army of muscular, appropriately freaky-looking backup dancers — and an audience of 15,000 or so little monsters hanging on to every moment. It was, in other words, more or less exactly what you'd expect from a Gaga show.
The turf war is over, guys. Los Angeles Times just discovered this quaint little Northern California hamlet called Oakland, and guess what? It's thoroughly modern! Reporter Irene Lechowitzky marvels at how the 56-mile East Bay city isn't just a cauldron of vice, as previously thought. Nor is it a cauldron of Raider fans. To the writer's surprise, it's actually a destination location — for refugees from high-rent San Francisco, at least. And maybe even for Los Angelinos. Lechowitzky proceeds with a cheery travelogue that lists off Oakland's many amenities, including new restaurants, Art Deco architecture, and "cheek-to-cheek condos." The Fox gets immortalized as a "1928 Moorish gem." Rockridge is noted for having "charming houses on leafy streets," and also a BART station. Lake Chalet offers cocktails on a patio that overlooks crystalline Lake Merritt, Oakland's main aquatic feature. There's even this cool "eclectic main drag" called College Avenue. Et voila.
1. Seem like everyone’s at SXSW but you? That’s okay, the six-day music extravaganza is almost wrapping up. Apparently, the Foo Fighters made a surprise performance, reports the Mercury News’ Jim Harrington. And The Bay Bridged has some nifty photos of a performance at a church.
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Nothing quite compares to a live performance by psychopathic white boy rap outfit, Insane Clown Posse. But if you can't actually make it to March 26 "Hatchet Attacks" show at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, there's hope yet. Emcees Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have generously offered to stream the show via live web cast, at a mere $4.99 subscription price — or $3.99, if you order by March 25. Which means that juggalos and juggalettes worldwide can now witness the antics of ICP and their Psychopathic Records stablemates — Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Boondox, DJ Clay, The Dayton Family, and Mike E. Clark, plus juggalo championship wrestling. Sure, the live show offers some lurid pleasures that a web stream can never provide — like getting drenched in cheap brown cola from a drop-kicked bottle of Faygo, or batting your eyes at a strapping 26-year-old named Tubby 2 Fresh. That said, it's still the best $3.99 ever spent, guys.
Insane Clown Posse performs "Miracles":