Music Tonight: Say goodbye to August tonight with some classic Hip Hop at Bogart's, one of many recent and upcoming Hip Hop shows from the longstanding Corryville concert venue. Rock the Bells began seven years ago as a stand-alone Hip Hop festival in California, but today the brand has been expanded to included RTB package tours and smaller club tours, like the one in town tonight.
In keeping with a newfound tradition of the Rock the Bells festival, the tour features Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface Killah performing Rae's legendary, Wu-heavy solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and Mobb Deep doing its classic, The Infamous. Both 1995 albums will be recreated in full, from start to finish. Read more about Rock the Bells here and check out the videos below for recent interviews with Raekwon and Mobb Deep about those albums, part of a series present by RTB and Reebok. Showtime tonight is 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.36.
• Gillian Welch and songwriting/performer partner David Rawlings play at Coney Island's Moonlite Pavilion tonight. The Roots music superstars are on the road supporting The Harrow & the Harvest, Welch's first release (with her name on it) in eight years. Read more about the show here and check out a recent interview and live performance video with the duo from PBS Newshour below. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets will run you $30.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 31
On this day in 2007, Hilly Kristal died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 75. Kristal founded legendary NYC Punk club CBGB, a venue that opened its doors to the city's emerging "Punk" scene, though, given that it included bands as diverse as the Patti Smith Group, Television, Talking Heads, Blondie and The Ramones, "Punk" is used loosely (though still not as loosely as it is today).
Oh, and Teen Pop superstar Debbie Gibson stage dived during a performance with the Circle Jerks there in 1995. Don't believe me? Proof!:
Happy 41st birthday, Deborah!
CBGB's closed a year before Hilly's death. While there isn't a more suitable site on the planet to put a museum dedicated to Punk Rock (with the legendary bathroom fully restored, stench, grime and all!), CBGB's reopened as a clothing boutique. So it probably wasn't all lung cancer that claimed Hilly's life.
Here's CB's in 1982 as it was meant to be — a filthy dive bar featuring one of the best Punk bands ever, DC's Bad Brains.
Born This Day: Musically-inclined people born on Aug. 31 include violinist Itzhak Perlman (1945); Rock/Soul legend Van Morrison (1945); my personal favorite Go-Go's member, drummer Gina Schock (1957); teen Pop sensation and current singer/actress Debbie Gibson (1970); and Glen Tilbrook (1957), lead singer and guitarist of New Wave/Power Pop greats Squeeze.
Squeeze has been on again/off again since dissolving in 1982, reforming in various lineups. The band is currently in "on again" mode, playing festivals and other concerts around the world. Last year, the band released the album Spot the Difference, which featured re-recordings of Squeeze's biggest songs made to resemble the originals as exactly as possible. Tilbrook co-produced the album, which was made, as main Squeeze songwriting partner Chris Difford told Huffington Post, to allow the band to "own a little big more of our own history." Copyrights for classic Squeeze recordings are owned by the labels that released them.
In between Squeeze commitments, Tilbrook continues to follow his own muse as a solo artist and with the band The Fluffers.
What's your favorite Squeeze song? Tough one for me — I'm dazzled by their songcraft but always enjoyed the earlier, "New Wavier" tracks a lot, too. So here's my favorite song, "Up the Junction" (a heart-strings-tugger if there ever was one), and my favorite New Wave cut, "Take Me I'm Yours."