What a weekend for live music! Seriously, you might not even realize it, but the variety of acts that are flying in this weekend is all across the board. It’s a smorgasbord of who-should-I-see?!
Since it’s pretty much sold out already, I didn’t really want to mention the big Above & Beyond show at the Kakaako Amphitheater. But I feel the need to remind you that if there’s a show you think you might want to see, and if there is just a slim chance that a ticket is still available, just jump online and buy it, already. Think about it: If you want to go, there are probably another few hundred (thousand) people that do, too. If you sleep on it and miss out, then you force yourself to scramble on Craigslist (or even worse, outside the gates) for a scalper. Let’s just say that, hopefully, this is a lesson you have to learn only once in your life. It was at Bumbershoot in the ‘90s when I learned my lesson, pacing back and forth outside trying to buy tickets to see Rage Against the Machine, Sky Cries Mary and Mudhoney. I had almost given up when, believe it or not, someone in our group found Roderick Romero’s wallet–of Sky Cries Mary–and we raced backstage to return it. He wound up letting us all in and it turned into one of the best nights of our lives. Still though, I learned my lesson about buying tickets before they sell out. I notice nowadays that, for a lot of these EDM shows, the people who stand outside the lines mumbling, “Mmrrphmrr tickets? Tickets?” are not selling, but looking to buy.
If you don’t make it into the amphitheater in Kakaako, you can still check out Red Bull Thre3Style World Champion Four Color Zack at the Manor (see Spin Zone, pg. 15). This guy–I just don’t even know what to say. He simply destroys it on the decks. No gimmicks, all talent.
Then on Saturday, legit punk rockers Guttermouth will invade Hawaiian Brian’s, getting warmed up by none other than 86 List, False Crack and Sandpaper Handjob, to name a few. Even though the go-time is at granny-friendly 6 p.m., this show isn’t for beginners. It’s also not just for grown-ups, as all ages are invited. Steel-toed shoes are highly recommended.
Finally(!), late on Saturday is another Spells installment. This time they welcome synth-obsessed producer Seth Hayley, aka Com Truise, to Nextdoor. Hayley rode the wave of acclaim for his debut full-length album Galactic Melt since its release in the summer of 2011 and is no stranger to touring, having shared the stage with acts including Purity Ring, XXYYXX, Poolside and SBTRKT. My ideal situation would be to scream and kick and rage my face off early for the punk show then kick back and sway to the smoothness of the Spells show. Oh man.
Coming up on Monday is Divine Fits (check out the Hot Pick on pg. 6). The clean-sounding indie-pop trio is most known for their Frank Ocean cover of “Lost.” Although our own ALT/AIR’s version of the song is still my favorite, these guys nailed it. Their sound is a blend of Joy Division and Bono, although I hear a lot of Spoon in their music (which is why I love it). Feel good sound.