This Week In Live Music: Ringo Starr, Trina, The Pop Group, and More


Don’t know about you guys, but once spring hits and days get longer, all I wanna do is grab a drink after work, then maybe another, then go straight to the local dancehall for a springtime weird-off. Doesn’t that sound like the greatest day imaginable?

Wednesday: The Pop Group at Great American Music Hall

Citizen Zombie, the first album in 35 years from the Pop Group, hit listeners in February like a P.O.W. returning home after decades M.I.A. The album earned early praise from internet music king Anthony Fantano as his favorite album of the year so far, and figures to rally further critical discussion at year’s end. The album is incredible as a musical experience, but the history lesson is equally important: The legendary post-punk group once chartered unknown territories, clearing paths for Fugazi, Ninie Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and beyond. They’re one of the most undercelebrated influences in music history.

Thursday: The Expendables at The Fillmore 

We just don’t get enough good reggae in San Francisco (I blame Santa Cruz!). Thank goodness for the Expendables, a consistently decent reggae group that keeps the bay engaged with embarrassingly catchy reggae hooks whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Friday: Ringo Starr and His All Star Band at The Masonic

Ringo, aka Richard Starkey (good call on the pseudonym), is responsible for the Beatles’ most tripped-out songs: "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus's Garden" were Ringo Starr joints. We’ll hear these songs emanating from frat houses for decades. Ringo never gets enough respect.

Friday: Trina at the New Parish

Is Trina the greatest female rapper of all-time? Trina’s place in hip-hop royalty is certainly secure. Her collaboration with Trick Daddy on “Nann” was many things: tasteless, vulgar, shocking, but you can’t deny it changed the rules for female rappers. I mean just LISTEN (not if you’re at work). The Miami-based rapper is the matriarch of the whole game by now, having either worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, French Montana, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Diddy, Missy Elliott, and on and on and on. Hey Trina, you need to be on my team cuz you da realest chick I know.

Saturday: A Place to Bury Strangers at The Chapel

Seriously, be careful if you go check out Brooklyn-based trio A Place to Bury Strangers. They get really, really intense. It’s absolutely thrilling, but it’s not for everyone. Even bandmembers admit to being anxious onstage. "There are moments where I'm really scared on stage," bassist Dion Lunadon told an unnamed source, "where it's really foggy and I know someone's swinging a guitar around. I don't give a [expletive] though; if a guitar is about to hit me in the head, oh well. It's going to make for a better show." So, it’s chaos, but it’s controlled chaos.

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