Upcoming shows you should check out
GET DOWN WITH UGK, PIMP C AND B-U-N-B
Last Friday night when Outkast convened the most coveted musical reunion that will happen in 2014, Bun B was doing the exact same thing as anyone else who cared and didn’t have a Coachella ticket: He was watching it happen on his computer. Smart predictions would have had him up there dropping his quarter of the Willie Hutchsampling “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” while a hologram of his deceased Underground Kingz partner Pimp C glided around stage in a virtual, floor-length white sable coat. Maybe he also thought he really was going to be there after the New York city gig he originally had planned for that night was canceled weeks earlier, but he’s definitely keeping the song fresh by closing out most of the dates of his ongoing “The Trillest Tour” with acolyte Kirko Bangz. That tour comes to Greene Street Club on Wednesday, April 16, two days before Outkast takes the stage again for the second weekend of Coachella, which coincidentally is another open night for Bun B. In the meantime, don’t expect “The Trillest Tour” to focus on his new record, the feature-heavy, at times messy Trill OG: The Epilogue. He’s going to bring a setlist of his best UGK tracks sprinkled with a little Jay-Z, a little Three 6 Mafia, some Big K.R.I.T. and a lot of disembodied Pimp C verses. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and Reefa LeGrand, Charlie Lean and Roger Benso will open.
GOING TO NEED MORE THAN ONE EXPEDIT
Most transparently, this Saturday’s Record Store Day is a clever means of underwriting your local record store by slightly overpaying for a lot of mint wax reissues and novelty releases in large quantities, but it’s also a celebration of our waning tactile relationship with music. We go to a place, we buy a thing, we take that thing home to look at and hold, we put that thing onto a thing and drop another thing on top of it, and voila, music. Or maybe we bypass all those steps and flip said thing on eBay at a 500% markup. Whatever. Appreciating the value of records from any angle is kind of the point, and as sort of a pre-RSD aperitif, Geeksboro is presenting a film this Thursday on the Los Angeles record label that has instilled the bug for crate digging and beat archeology in more young heads than other. “Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton” is the story of Stones Throw Records, the offbeat talent incubator whose direction is tied exclusively to the tastes of its found and resident record hound, Chris Manak aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf. The film’s premise is essentially its discreet, but pervasive influence on popular music, all originat ing from the analectic working knowledge Wolf has of funk, breaks, hooks and styles. Check out the liner notes of his 1999 album from which this documentary’s name is borrowed for a list of his influences — it runs into the hundreds and is broken down chronologically. A lot of those same influences are shared by the people who contributed to the film, namely Kanye West, Questlove, Mike D, Tyler, the Creator, Snoop Dogg and more. There will be two screenings, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10 p.m., and tickets are $5.
“I didn’t know you liked the Delfonics…” Before there was Cuba Gooding, Jr., there was, obviously, Cuba Gooding, the smooth crooner behind the pervasive 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool”, among a string of other minor soul jams. Ultimately, the Main Ingredient was minor enough that you’ve probably left this paragraph to check Wikipedia to see what Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been up to lately — don’t worry, this will be here when you get back…okay, good? Yeah, didn’t see “The Butler” either — but someone has figured out that you can cobble together enough of the forgotten eighttrack specials and make a decent show of it.
Refer to the Reynolds Auditorium show back in early February with the Chi-Lites, Carl Carlton, Gene Chandler and the Stylistics for the original instance. In the sequel, this Saturday night in the same venue, the Main Ingredient will come together with the Emotions, the all-female singing group who were one of the few to successfully make the awkward transition from soul to disco, and the Delfonics, who were the centerpiece of one of the best Tarantino scenes ever. Their music wasn’t bad either. Tickets for the show start at $39.50 and the show begins at 8 p.m.
WANTED: AUDIENCE FOR KELLER WILLIAMS, MUST BE APRIL 20-FRIENDLY
For all his voluble musical eccentricities, Keller Williams can be a man of relatively few words in certain instances. The singleword album naming convention that’s persisted throughout his career has more than adequately described the stylistically restless way in which he approaches his records through titles like PICK, KEYS and, most recently, FUNK. Not much needs to be said about the nuances of his Sunday, April 20 show at the Blind Tiger, either. Just refer to his April 20, 2013 setlist, which included covers of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It”, for how bluntly he approaches stoner Thanksgiving. FUNK, as it so happens, is his current tour cause célèbre, and he’s bringing the right crew to present it. The loop-happy Williams will be joined on Sunday by Gibb Droll on guitar and Jeff Sipe on drums. !