upcoming shows you should check out
Yeah buddy, rollin’ like a big shot
I have a confession to make. My favorite album of 2010 didn’t belong to the Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Beach House, Rick Ross or anyone else who toils over pen and paper and in a studio recording booth. That distinction belongs to Gregg Gillis, who, as Girl Talk, mines the best (and worst) of pop, rock and hip hop for the choicest of samples and lovingly constructs them into some of the most addictive mixes ever conceived. All Day succeeded in opening my eyes to the sonic brilliance behind Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” by pairing its divine instrumental track with one of the most underrated hip-hop tracks of the 2000s, MOP’s “Ante Up.” He made me acknowledge my inner degenerate by pairing some of Waka Flocka Flame’s most misogynist verses with the irrepressible “Flat Beat” by Mr. Oizo. Essentially, he takes a lot of music designed for sensible people to detest and makes them scream the lyrics out loud in ecstasy. Yeah, he’s a living affront intellectual property law, but his show Thursday at the Disco Rodeo has been sold out for six weeks for a reason. If you can cop a ticket for less than $50, do it.
GOOD Music and other acronyms
As often is the case in hip hop, the best can seemingly come out of nowhere. Mississippi rapper/producer Big KRIT didn’t exactly blow up overnight in 2010, but after putting out several largely overlooked mixtapes since 2005, the sizable noise he made in what was one of the best years for hip hop in a long time shouldn’t be ignored. After turning up on Curren$y’s Pilot Talk and Wiz Khalifa’s awesome Kush and Orange Juice, KRIT’s (King Remembered In Time) major label debut Big KRIT Wuz Here finally started getting the attention it deserved. Stylistically, Big KRIT didn’t simply play off of the legacy built by Southern rap titans like UGK and Outkast, he revered it through mostly thoughtful, intelligent lyricism (“Country S**t” aside) and entirely self-produced beats that grab urban commandos and blog rap nerds alike. KRIT will hit Greene Street Club this Sunday night with recent GOOD music signee Cyhi Da Prince, a man primed for an excellent 2011 himself. Doors for the show, hosted by Skibo, open at 7 p.m., so there’s mild hope that KRIT hits the stage before midnight. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $15 the day of.
ADIDAS part two, starring Maria Brink
There’s not much one can say about a rock tour beyond what can be assumed by its choice of sponsorship. When said sponsor is an energy drink that typically comes in cans holding enough servings to power a team of WoW raiders, it speaks volumes about the bill’s relevance. Not coincidentally, volume is the operative word behind the gaggle of nu-metal relics brought together by the Rasta Monsta fueling the cash flow of the Music As a Weapon tour, coming to the Lawrence Joel Coliseum this Tuesday, Feb. 1. Korn, Disturbed and Sevendust themselves were gasoline to more than a few teenage hormonal fires during their late ’90s to early 2000s peak years, and little has changed about the bands since then other than the washing of hands of the rap-metal sound Korn flirted with for a time. Another band on the bill, however, taps into that very same misdirected angst, while prodding another kind of hormonal energy at the same time. In This Moment attracted attention this past year with their album A Star Crossed Wasteland, praised in many a publication, and they demand early arrival for this show as a can’t-miss among the host of stale rockers. As a bonus, front woman Maria Brink is highly Google-able, with an emphasis on the “ogle.” Tickets for the show are $38.00 and $49.50 before fees, which is completely insane, and the show starts at 7 p.m.