Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts, 8/25/11-8/31/11

by Dakin Hardwick on August 24, 2011

Miranda Cosgrove canceled her gig at The Fox this week due to a bus accident. Boo!

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Thursday, August 25th

Kreayshawn, Roach Gigz, Jay Ant, Moe Green at Slim’s

This 21 year old filmmaker from Berkeley, CA has managed to create quite a name for herself as a rapper in such a short period of time. With only a single under her belt, she’s managed to make a lot of friends, a few enemies, and even managed to get nominated for a best new artist VMA. This may be your last chance in a while to see this artist at a venue like Slim’s.

Scream, Emily’s Army, Awesome at Uptown Nightclub

Friday, August 26th

Art Brut, Tapes N Tapes, Chain Gang of 1974 at The Independent

Eddie Argos is a legend, a genius, and one of the funniest human beings alive. It’s been a few year’s since he’s brought his outrageously silly band to the US. Want to paste a smile on your face for days? Go to this show. Unless you’re a cynical asshole. Then stay home.

Sergent Garcia, Rupa & The Fishes at The New Parish

Sade, John Legend at Oracle Arena

There are two types of people in this world: People that will fall asleep at this show, and people that will totally do it several times during this show. The people in the latter category are way better than the people in the former.

 Saturday, August 27th

Rock The Bells at Shoreline Amphitheater

This tour originally began as one lone fans attempt to get Wu Tang Clan back together. Successfully. It has evolved into one of the most hotly anticipated tours of the year. It’s a hip hop Lollapalooza- all of the best underground hip hop acts, with a few newcomers and one or two mainstream legends to boot. These year’s show is one of the best yet, with a spotlight on some of the best hip hop records of the last 15 years. Highlights this year include full album sets by Lauryn Hill (doing Miseducation Of…), Nas (doing Illmatic), Cypress Hill (doing Black Sunday), a rare set by Doom, sets by hotly tipped of newcomers Childish Gambino and Mac Miller, a whole stage devoted to Wu Tang solo projects, and whole lot more…

 High On Fire, Black Cobra, Embers at Uptown Nightclub

Sunday, August 28th

Last Sundays Festival on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley

Did you know that there was a free music and art festival on Telegraph Ave this Sunday? Did you know that Spinning Platters’ favorites Foxtails Brigade are headlining it? Did you know that Berkeley is still super awesome, despite the TV show Parenthood?

Natalie Cole at Yoshi’s – Oakland


Monday, August 29th

Bilal at The New Parish 

You’ve never heard of Bilal, have you? All you need to do is listen to this song, and then you’ll be really upset for missing out on him.


Tuesday, August 30th

Charles Bradley at The Independent

If Sharon Jones is the female James Brown, then Charles Bradley is the re-incarnation of Otis Redding. Pure, dirty, heavy soul music in it’s finest form.

Butthole Surfers, 400 Blows at The Regency Ballroom

Wednesday, August 31st

Gaucho, Michael Abraham at Amnesia

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