Four years ago, The Ambassador set up shop in the Tenderloin, kicking off a run that continues today with great weekly specials, good tunes, and many amazing nights. Tonight, it celebrates four years of living the good life while Ruby Skye welcomes LA Riots and Adultnapper wakes up the neighbors at Vessel.
Could one of these “leaked” Coachella posters be correct? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate. With the official Coachella lineup set to be released any day now, rumors are rampant all over the web. In various blogs and forums possible headliners include: Arcade Fire, Kanye West, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Strokes, U2, Modest Mouse, and Kings of Leon.
Chicago rapper Kid Sister is dropin’ it like it’s hot with Kiss Kiss Kiss, a brand new mixtape presented by Fool’s Gold. Look out for her colab with Gucci Man “Gucci Rag Top,” and production from Green Velvet, Carte Blanche and Scoop Deville. Get more background with the interview we did a few months back, before her show at Rickshaw Stop. Download the mixtape for free as long as you’re ok with giving up an email address.
Fashion, art, dance music — what else could you ask for on a Wednesday? How about cupcakes and Swag Bags for the ladies? Get ready for the launch of Obey the Kitty at Vessel tonight. Hollywood’s own DJ Cobra will be in the house along with J Million. Let your wild cat out! More info
Southern California punk rock vets Social Distortion return next week with their first album in six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Listen to the album for free before it’s January 18th release via the band’s SoundCloud stream, and for every 100,000 tracks that are streamed, the price of the album drops $1 on Amazon. Social D returns to San Francisco for shows at The Warfield on February 3rd and 4th. More info
The legacy of legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti continues to thrive in 2011 with a vinyl box set due out February 1st. The set includes six Fela albums selected by the Roots drummer and producer Questlove, with original album artwork and vinyl label design. The rare original releases are hard to find and expensive, so unless you are a serious collector, this is your only vinyl option.
Count your ones, pump your breaks, and get ready to chill-ax in a major way with Transported SF: Chill Bus. The party starts at The Bus Stop Gallery at 8pm before the bus heads to an undisclosed outdoor location. No need to stress if you are an early bird, party organizers promise a prompt, “chill” return at 11:11pm. Tunes are supplied by Dr. Toast and Fkir Elderfae, and BYOB. More Info.
French dance-pop outfit Yelle are looking for a strong start in 2011 with the first single off of their second album Safari Disco Club. The title track was released this morning, and more should be on the way as we approach the album’s March 29 release date. A follow-up to 2007′s Pop-Up, look out for “sonically deeper, multi-layered, and emotionally more diverse” songs on the new album, according to Yelle’s publicist.
Yelle “Safari Disco Club”
With all the buzz about Willie Nelson’s medicinal intake and run-ins with the law, it’s sometimes easy to forget that he’s a damn good singer and songwriter. The American icon is back in San Francisco tonight in the midst of his annual stand at the Fillmore. It’s a little bit country, but Willie’s got a whole lot of rock ’n’ roll in him, too. The 77 year old still keeps a hearty tour schedule, and he has collaborated with everyone from Johnny Cash to Snoop Dogg.
Few DJs have impacted the world of turntablism as much as Mix Master Mike. After discovering vinyl at an early age in San Francisco, he later went on to dominate DJ competitions and form the legendary Invisible Skratch Picklz. Find out why the Beastie Boys proclaimed “Mix Master cuts faster” tonight at Yoshi’s SF.
Portland-based indie pop band Starfucker shares the first single, “Bury Us Alive,” from their album Reptilians set to be released by Polyvinyl Records on March 8th. If the single is any indicator, the group’s infectious dance sound will continue to spawn unparalleled live performances that turn to raucous dance parties. The album was produced by Jacob Portrait of the Dandy Warholds, which shouldn’t hurt the dance-floor aesthetic.