SXSW Sunday night knockouts (1985 to the present) circle back with Atlantan rock and troubadour craft. A quartet of local acts first, $5.
The marquee says Ghostface Killah, but a collaboration between the Wu-Tang MC and producer/composer Adrian Younge births another alter ego for the rap ninja. Say ciao to Tony Starks, a Sixties-era black Italian mobster, whose Twelve Reasons to Die tour and album of the same name take you through a gangster’s revenge as scripted by soul, funk, and horror movie soundtracks. Younge and his band Venice Dawn join Ghostface for the live experience.– Abby Johnston
College Station’s “The Front Porch Song” writers, together again.
In 1990, on the occasion of Flowers in the Dirt, I saw Paul McCartney at UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. The spectacle and open-air bowl felt like a scene out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The cute Beatle had recently reconciled solo Paul with Sgt. Pepper, so “Jet,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Band on the Run” segued into the likes of “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Hey Jude, don’t be afraid.– Raoul Hernandez