We know you're still doing the happy dance over Obeezy's big coming out, but it's time to ficus on important stuff, like chocolate and drinking outside. Herewith, our critics' best bets for the following 72 hours:
Skins & Needles
The title of this event is a wincing lesson in bad marketing, but the musicians behind it are no joke. DJ Zeph has been a fixture in the local hip-hop scene for more than a decade, best known for his collaborations with the vastly unheralded emcee Azeem. (Their 2007 Om Records collaboration, Rise Up, is still a knock, five years later.) Drummer Max MacVeety is equally respected, both for his Berklee College of Music credentials and for his work with the hip-hop band Crown City Rockers. In fact, both of these artists have an enviable talent for flitting between the jazz, soul, and hip-hop worlds. In Zeph's case, that amounts to having ample knowledge of several different genres, and a penchant for blending them — he does that with alacrity in "Floorwax," a disco track sutured to a looped backbeat. (It's enhanced by verses from Crown City rapper Raashan Ahmad.) Similarly, MacVeety improvises with free-jazz saxophonist David Boyce just as easily as he pumps the snare and high-hat for underground rappers. Together, these two percussionists make a formidable, if unorthodox, combination. They'll play with the Afrofunk Experience at Vitus (201 Broadway, Oakland) on Saturday, May 12. 10 p.m., $5. VitusOakland.com — Rachel Swan
FACT: The only thing better than summertime drinking is outdoor summertime drinking. To that end, we've compiled our first-ever comprehensive guide to every East Bay bar we could track down with a patio, deck, backyard, or otherwise open-air space. Check 'em all out here.
David Seiler's iconic, explosive paintings currently grace the walls of Old Oakland's newest bar/restaurant, District (827 Washington St., Oakland). An emerging East Bay art star and owner of Victorian Rat Gallery, Seiler masterly creates graphic motifs of expertly colored mountains blasting apart, pyramids falling from cloudy perches, and other epic imagery, spread out across hypnotic backgrounds — invoking graffiti and illustration. District's tall brick walls could easily swallow the works of a less capably dramatic painter, but Seiler's bright-pink lightning storms, electric-blue gods' eyes, and monumental prismatic shapes seem able to potently dominate the cavernous space. By opening with the works of David Seiler, District has announced itself as an Oakland art destination, although currently there's no plan to take the paintings down anytime soon. They'll be on display through July, but don't let that delay you getting down there. 510-272-9110 or DistrictOak.com — Obi Kaufmann
Bonus: Listen to this new track by staff favorites Antwon and SAFE
If this doens't become your own personal song of the summer, you're doing it wrong.
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