Ultra polarizing rap group Das Racist exploded onto the country's collective radar with their pseudo-philosphical riff "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell", confounding listeners and lighting critics' loins on fire. Their two 2010 mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man were heavy on the downloads and solidified the band's unanimously-decided new title as a band to keep your eyeballs on.
This Week in Fashion: Custom Leather at The Factory, Chillin' Turns 13, The 2nd Annual Beauty Expo + Mega Memorial Day Sales
1. Custom Leather Jacket Event & Memorial Day Sale at The Factory (370 4th St), Saturday May 28, noon-4pm.
Choose your leather, add custom details and come out with a one-of-a-kind jacket you will keep forever. Prices range from $300-$700. Bonus: All Factory label designs, from basics to the Summer Silk Capsule collection, will be 30% off during the event.
Of the local artists we named the 7 to watch in 2011, the one who's blown up the most since is Berkeley-bred Lil B. This prolific firebrand has been on a roll for months––just check up on any of the 12 mixtapes he self-released in 2010, one of the four he's already done this year, or his first album released on an actual label, Angels Exodus (Amalgam Digital). In the vein of Nicki Minaj, Odd Future and Das Racist, he's been called the Bay Area's own weirdo rapper, repping hard and taking names in the post Lil Wayne music world.
Children of the 80s, dig out your eyeliner and black-as-your-blackest-thoughts attire! Dust off your Bauhaus records and start practicing your night creature dance moves, because the unholy Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy, singer of Bauhaus, is coming to the Mezzanine and we've got 3 pairs of guest list spots just for you.
Holiday music be damned! At this point, it's increasingly impossible to get away from it in coffee shops, cabs and customer service hold lines. Enter the Wu-Tang Clan to rescue our poor ears (and maybe do some holiday rhymes of their own?) from this onslaught of jingle bells.
Bartenders and mixologists have reached new heights of acclaim over the past few years, with countless books and articles elevating the work of fancy cocktail-slingers and dive-bar beer-pourers alike. Yet one key component of a bar's operation remains unsung: the barback. These hardworking folks serve as the prep cooks to the bartender's chef, keeping them in limes, ice, and kegs during the busiest hours-- all while enduring the death stares of waiting patrons who don't realize that they're not allowed to serve them.