Black Friday alert for all Bay Area cabaret fans! The Rrazz Room, San Francisco’s most cocktail-cool nightclub, is offering some special online deals, today only (www.therrazzroom.com; 800-380-3095). First, there’s a 30 percent discount on all gift card sales if you utilize the coupon code “Thanksgiving” when purchasing. A great deal in itself.
Back in 2003, good-hearted rockers 3 Doors Down – who’ve now sold over 16 million albums – decided to give something back. Taking the name from their smash debut disc, they launched the Better Life Foundation, a charity with an ambitious goal – to give every child possible the chance for a better life.
But this last weekend, they expanded their vision just a bit when they surprised one lucky military family with a Thanksgiving they’ll never forget.
First, Atlanta prog-metallers Mastodon gave us an augmented reality experience with their new album “The Hunter” – technology that -- using your web camera and the album artwork -- allows you to become the multi-jawed, fire-breathing creature from the cover onscreen. A nice touch.
It was over a year ago when we last heard from our fave British duo The Ting Tings, Katie White and Jules de Martino — they stopped off in San Francisco long enough to play us most of their sophomore set on de Martino’s MacBook. And it was a truly eclectic, almost chameleon-esque album, with the band sounding different on every song and only one track, the bubbly “Guggenheim,” retaining their definitive “That’s Not My Name” effervescence.
You might still be reeling from Thanksgiving overindulgence next week, but we have the perfect spine-stiffening, sit-bolt-upright cure — drop by San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, Dec. 1, to catch an unusually intimate performance from Skinny Puppy Svengali Nivek Ogre’s spooky side project with Mark Walk, ohGr.
He’s no novelty act. Pennsylvania-bred artist Asher Roth is a well-schooled white hip-hopper who can actually spit, even though his humorous 2008 debut disc “Asleep In The Bread Aisle” and flagship single “I Love College” might suggest otherwise.
Do great minds really think alike? Could very well be. Martin Scorsese focused on renowned French film director Georges Melies in his upcoming 3-D production “Hugo.” And by coincidence, so did French duo Air, who were recently invited to compose a new score for a painstakingly restored version of Melies groundbreaking sci-fi classic from 1902, “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” (“A Trip To The Moon”).