BROTHER READE COMES HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
They’ve been building their name for the last few years on the mean streets of Los Angeles, but avant-garde rap and breakbeat duo Brother Reade (www.brotherreade.com) is making their way back to the east coast for a holiday stint. It starts this Friday at Dharma in Charlotte and concludes Sunday at the Cat’s Cradle as the opening act for Raekwon the Chef (see below). In between those two dates lies their homecoming at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on Saturday with Bolmongani (www.myspace.com/bolmongani) and DJ SK (www.myspace.com/ superdjsk). Since their 2008 breakthrough album Rap Music, the duo of Jams F. Kennedy and DJ Bobby Evans has evolved into something nearly unheard of in hip hop. Sure, they comprise the nuclear unit of one MC and one DJ, but both are skilled drummers, which brings an aspect to live shows that is rarely seen in the current environments. The Winston-Salem natives have continued their evolution, venturing into deep ambient and trip hop with their as-of-yet unreleased new material. Admission for Charlotte is $5, while the Werehouse gate is $8. Both shows start at 8 p.m.
DO YOU SMELL WHAT RAEKWON IS COOKIN’?
Raekwon, (www.myspace.com/raekwon), the Chef of the Wu-Tang Clan, allegedly boasts his nickname because of his proficiency in cooking crack rocks. I haven’t dined at his pleasure, but I will say that he’s probably an even better rapper. His 1995 release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx might be one of the best rap albums of the ’90s, even though I traded it in seventh grade for a copy of the Stone Roses’ Second Coming. I don’t regret it one bit because “Love Spreads” was and still is an awesome song. Raekwon finally released the long-awaited Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II a few months ago and there’s no way I’ll be trading this one for Second Coming Pt. II (Third Coming?). This one alone made me rethink my belief that it’s been a generally slow year for hip-hop music. Raekwon will be performing at the Cat’s Cradle this Sunday with Capone-N-Noreaga (www.myspace.com/caponennore) and Queen Yonasda (www.queenyonasda.com). Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show and the music starts at 9:30 p.m.
PASTIES AND A G-STRING, BEER AND A SHOT
I could tell you about the Pretty Things Peep Show at the Garage this Tuesday, Dec. 8, but I’ll gladly defer to Tom Waits instead. Fish-net stockings spike-heel shoes striptease, prick tease, car keys blues and the porno floor show live nude girls dreamy and creamy and the brunette curls Chesty Morgan and a Watermelon Rose raise my rent and take off all your clothes. Getcha little sompin’ thatcha can’t get at home. The kink starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.