By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
MONDAY, JUNE 6
Weeklypeople love the New Fidelity, who play guitars (like the Get Up Kids) and have a couple dudes from Cleveland (like the Bone Thugs). Plus they drink like longshoremen. Obviously the best of all possible worlds. Residency at Detroitstarts tonight. Plus DJ Rob.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
LawandOrderSpecialG-Unitreports: As Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.shuffles morosely through alternate acronyms (suggestions: M.I.A.P.M.D., M.I.A.R.S.-ONE, M.I.A.T.H.E.R.A.P.P.E.R.), we learn that Common, who is also a rapper, was also sued for his name, also by a band no one had ever heard of, but even more humiliating: it was a ska band, and hopefully the same loathsome ska band that went on to become the Bravery. Still, M.I.A. might do well to follow Common's post-lawsuit lead: guest with the Rootsand SadatXand Fela Kuti's kid, and release more respected and remembered albums than the people who sue you ever could or will. Living well is the best revenge; Common at the HOBtonight.
ALSO: Sleater-Kinneyvisits from the astral plane at the Glass House. And the Secret Machines' new CD comes out today; it was a nice idea to budget-rock Pink Floydthe way the WhiteStripesbudget-rocked Led Zeppelin—to repackage the classics in an express-pack-to-go for today's busy non-listeneror iPod-accessory-purchaser. But then Secret Machines welshed the deal by making one great song and then just staring into a wall of light bulbs for the rest of their album; hopefully, there's been some therapeutic slapping since that last release, though.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
BadReligionbegins a five-day stint at the House of Blues. They will play one chord per day (duplicating tonight's chord as a finale on Monday, June 13, in a playful quotation of classical symmetry) while singer GregGraffinreads from both his own and MiloAukerman'sdoctoraldissertationsand guitarists GregHetsonand BrianBakerdiscreetly try to obscure their faces.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Wonderful world, beautiful people.