THE DANDY WARHOLS, BLUE GIANT
BADLY DRAWN BOY, JUSTIN JONES
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) I admit that I've lost track of Badly Drawn Boy. The alter ego of Englishman Damon Gough, BDB put out an attention-grabbing debut in the form of The Hour of Bewilderbeast (great!), a stopgap soundtrack for About a Boy (good!), a loopy, ambitious followup, Have You Fed the Fish? (okay, I guess!)—aaaand that's where I clocked out. Apparently, there have actually been four Badly Drawn Boy albums since then, including this year's It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1—Photographing Snowflakes, and a quick listen reveals that I haven't missed much. He's still wearing that fucking knitted cap, and his records are still bogged down in overwrought production. Still, there's a pop-tunesmith sensibility still kicking around underneath all those overdubs, and Gough's plainspoken vocals are still as personable as ever. One just wishes he could strip things back and let his songs breathe a little more—that he could be a little more Brian Eno and a little less Brian Wilson. NED LANNAMANN
FABOLOUS, ILLAJ, ISSA, DJ JUGGERNAUT
(Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK) People, I am not making this shit up—Fabolous is playing the Oregon Convention Center. Seriously. Right down the hall from the Ski and Snowboard MegaSale, one of the world's biggest emcees is headlining the Holiday Gift show, because when you think Christmas, you think the dude who once got a bullet in his leg outside of Diddy's restaurant. While he probably won't unwrap a set of holiday classics, the man behind Ghetto Fabolous is still riding high from his Carlito's Way-obsessed LP, Loso's Way. It's exactly like Hova's American Gangster, but about that one movie where Sean Penn sports a sweet Jewfro. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
The People's Yoga Benefit, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
THE PEOPLE'S YOGA BENEFIT: THE AKRON EXTENDED FAMILY YOGIC FLYERS, LOVERS, OHIOAN
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) The Peoples Yoga believes in affordable yoga for all, and if you agree—or just like a good party—support their mission at tonight's fundraiser! There's a top-shelf bill of music, including the Akron Extended Family Yogic Flyers (think Akron/Family super-sized with members of Au and more), Lovers, and Ohioan, plus former Mercury jack-of-all-trades Noah Dunham is your co-emcee! NED LANNAMANN
Complete show listings can be viewed here.
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