Fashawn, Thursday, 11/15 The New Parish
Having grown up with an incarcerated father and a drug-addicted mother, it goes without saying that Fashawn (nee Santiago Leyva) didn’t have a storybook childhood. He did start writing rhymes at age 12, and has been viewed as a bit of a rap prodigy. His style is classic 90s hip hop, with smooth jazz-based beats and rhymes with meaning.
El Ten Eleven, Friday, 11/16 Rickshaw Stop
The post-rock guitar/bass double neck duo is almost entirely instrumental, with songs that carry even tempos and fancy pedal effects. They’re best known for the song “My Only Swerving,” which rocks gently on a lilting guitar, and their newest album, Transitions, delves deeper into the atmospheric riffing (the title song is over ten minutes long). But don’t expect shoe-gazing for two hours, the band will keep you awake and present.
The Faint, Saturday, 11/17 Regency Ballroom
Speaking of awake and present, you’d be hardpressed to fall asleep to the Faint (and if you do, you’re sure to be awakened by the intermittent sirens they love to shoot off). After re-releasing their acclaimed Danse Macabera
Toro Y Moi, Sunday, 11/18 Public Works
The South Carolina native cum Berkeley transplant is back in town for a special listening session of his upcoming LP, Anything in Return, due out in January 22. Expect his funky synth beats to get your feet tapping.
Nas and Lauryn Hill Monday, 11/19 Fox Theater
Who can deny a night of hip hop, R&B, and reagee seamlessly melded together by one of the greatest songstresses of all time? Oh, and you’ve got Nas for the smooth, if outspoken, rhymes. Hip hop purists, rejoice.