Why Elon Musk is making the Rentals sad and other songs you need to hear right now

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:26:39 PM. Hear great new tracks by the Rentals, Spoon, Billy Bragg, Tennis, Quicksand, U.S. Girls, Yaeji, Nilüfer Yanya, Ben Anderson and the Bittersweet Way.

The Rentals return with a great new song that made me Google Elon Musk, the better to share in the sadness he's making them feel in a month that's also given us new music by the likes of Billy Bragg, Tennis and locals the Bittersweet Way and Ben Anderson.

Here's a look at those and other songs you need to hear right now.

The Rentals, "Elon Musk is Making Me Sad"

 

To truly grasp the self-effacing genius of this single’s most inspired moment, it’s important that you understand the history – or baggage, if you will – that Rentals leader Matt Sharp carried with him when he formed this group in 1995.

He was still in Weezer at the time. He’s on their first two albums, setting up this truly awesome bit of self-assessment: “When it’s time to say goodbye, what will they write on my tombstone? / Just that last little line from the ‘Happy Days’ video?/ Not so good, Jonze.”

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It’s like “Glass Onion” for a generation raised on “Buddy Holly.”

Why is Elon Musk making him sad? Because he did the math and realized he was more than two years older than the self-made billionaire with not much in the way of rags-to-riches anecdotes to show for it.

There’s a darkly comic quality to his book of regrets, though, as he chronicles his brief flirtation with the brass ring with the sort of self-effacing charm that made Ray Davies of the Kinks such a beloved underdog.

Consider the following lines: “But for a second, there’s no question, I had the lead in ’95 / I mismanaged my advantage / Like a rocket ship, he blasted by / to incredible heights.”

I suppose there’s a chance someone makes a more likeable record in 2017, and yet I doubt it.

The current lineup of the Rentals, by the way, includes Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev producer Dave Fridmann, so that’s just two more reasons I’d much rather be Matt Sharp than Elon Musk.

Nilüfer Yanya, “Baby Luv”

The stripped-down, acoustic-guitar-driven pulse of the opening verse feels a bit like she's channeling Cat Power’s “You Are Free” album. But the voice is distinctly her own. And as the song takes on more textures (in the form of ethereal synths), it leaves that first impression in the dust (at least until it’s made you hit “repeat”).

The singer was quoted as saying this track is about “suppressing your feelings and not being able to feel the normal things like joy and pain.”

Those feelings definitely seep in through the cracks in her delivery, though, especially when she slips into her upper register on the opening line, “So don’t look so surprised when I know where you’ve been” or when she asks, repeatedly, “Do you like pain?”

Of course, that doesn’t stop her from pleading, “Call me sometimes.” That dichotomy between knowing this person is bad for you and desperately hoping the phone rings may be where this single really hits it stride and resonates with anyone who’s ever been in that position.

The Bittersweet Way, "Already Over"

 

The sound of this record is massive. Except when it isn't, the quiet parts making the wall of distorted guitars hit that much harder when they do come crashing in after easing you into the moment with an oscillating synth riff and Jedidiah Foster's wistful vocal asking, "Can we pretend tonight will never end? It's already over."

"The single was originally written and demoed out over a couple of days as a more straight-up synth-pop song," Foster says. "I always heard it as a much heavier guitar song in my head, though."

Lyrically, he says, "a string of horrible situations including my mother becoming very ill, the death of a friend and the loss of my job had culminated in me not being in a good headspace." 

The words, he says, "reflect my twisted mindset at the time - a dismissive hand wave at the well wishers and loved ones that I loved in return, but suddenly had no energy or capacity to care about."

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He's especially proud, Foster says, of the lines, “You and I could break away from everything we know / Close our eyes and let the whole world go on its own in the dark now. Holding hands as we learn how to sleep sound.”

That search for personal meaning and hope in the face of perceived hopelessness, he says, ended up setting the emotional tone for the whole record.

"This record is pretty much the sound of Jed turning 40," Foster says. "There’s a lot more genuine reflection and honesty in it than anything I’ve done up to this point. I don’t paint myself in a very good light on this record."

On the other hand, he manages to come off rather well as a songwriter. 

The song is on "Presents," a forthcoming album that also marks the first release to feature the new lineup with Ehren Stonner (Treasurefruit, Quixote) and Jess Pruitt (Doctor Bones, Some Magical Animal) in addition, of course, to Foster.

Spoon, “I Ain’t the One”

I hailed this as one of the highlights of “Hot Thoughts” when naming that album to my Best of 2017 (So Far) list, praising its bleary-eyed soul vibe. And now there’s a video, which complements that quality by capturing the men of Spoon performing in the shadows.

It’s all about the atmosphere, as Britt Daniels insists he “ain’t the one” to the mournful backdrop of a Wurlitzer and subtle hints of orchestration.

Even when Jim Eno threatens to shake up the mood after more than two minutes of drum-free pathos, the atmosphere remains. And then the drums recede again, crashing in later for maximum impact.

That less-is-more approach to arranging a song has served Spoon well throughout the years and they've only gotten better at knowing what to hold back until later.

Billy Bragg, “Saffiyah Smiles”

The iconic folk singer is bringing his “Bridges Not Walls” Tour to Phoenix for a Crescent Ballroom show Wednesday, Oct. 11.

In the midst of that, he’s dropped this wistful, Hammond-B3-organ-driven country-soul song paying tribute to the courage of Saffiyah Khan, whose smiling face went viral earlier this year.

As Bragg explains it, “Following the shocking scenes of white supremacists marching through the streets of Charlottesville this past summer, my mind went back to an image of a young woman facing down a ranting fascist with nothing but a serene smile."

Khan, Bragg explains, had been taking part in a counter demonstration against the neo-fascist English Defence League in Birmingham, England, when she saw a woman wearing a hijab being surrounded by taunting EDL supporters.

"And when the police failed to act," Bragg says, "Saffiyah stepped up and got in the face of the loudest aggressor, holding him at bay with nothing more than a smile until police eventually intervened.”

Bragg goes on to say her “selfless act of solidarity is an inspiration to us all and a reminder that sometimes you can confront hatred by calmly making plain how ridiculous its propagators are.”

It's a brilliantly playful yet stinging performance by Bragg, who undercuts the menace of the white supremacists at every turn after setting the scene with “Angry white men dressed like Elmer Fudd / Shouting something about soil and blood / A woman of color steps out from the crowd / And does something to make us all proud.”

Best line? “Cosplay Nazis marching in file / Hitler’s haircut is back in style.”

Ben Anderson, “Lukewarm”

This local singer spends the chorus of his latest single channeling the silky-smooth falsetto of the great Al Green for all its worth as he soulfully pleads, “Put my hand in the fire ‘til I feel it through / Babe, I am lukewarm.”

And the production follows suit. It's on the understated, jazzy side of classic soul complete with horns and just enough Steve Cropper-worthy grit to the guitar lines.

The second single of a trilogy he calls “YouTopia,” this song is the prequel to “Clay Pigeon.”

In "Lukewarm," the singer explains, “You see the rise of the main character in the corporate world. He quickly discovers that his materialistic life has no substance. He begins to reject the system and fall into the depths of madness which is the beginning of ‘Clay Pigeon.’”

Outside the context of the trilogy, it’s a song about, as Anderson explains, “a longing for the things in life that really matter (relationships, experiences) when you’re wealthy in material luxuries. Nothing heats you up or cools you down anymore and thus you are lukewarm.”

Yaeji, "Drink I’m Sippin On"

The EDM producer raps in Korean and English while rocking a minimalist trap beat, her blasé and breathy half-spoken delivery recalling a young Debbie Harry of Blondie as she revels in the everyday ennui of life itself.

She told Pigeons & Planes "'Drink I'm Sippin On' is non-alcoholic though its effects are similar to getting drunk: knowingly being misunderstood by others, forgetting what I did yesterday, and feeling comfortable being me. I sip on it as a reminder that I can feel fine if I just let myself."

Tennis, “I Miss That Feeling”

Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley made my Albums of the Year (So Far) list in July with an effort called “Yours Conditionally.” And they’re already moving on, with an EP called “We Can Die Happy" on the way.

This track from that EP is essentially what you’d expect from the duo at this point – the sort of soulful soft-rock gem that would’ve sounded perfect coming out of Fleetwood Mac or Harry Nilsson in the ‘70s. Or for those who need a newer reference, following Tobias Jesso Jr. on somebody's Spotify playlist.  

And when you're pining for the way things used to be, it doesn’t hurt to tap into a sound so firmly rooted in nostalgia, even if the singer isn’t old enough to have experienced what anyone would sound like coming out of Fleetwood Mac or Harry Nilsson in the '70s.

It also doesn't hurt that the chorus here would definitely make a shortlist of their most contagious moments.

Quicksand, “Cosmonauts”

It’s been 22 years since these post-hardcore heroes have released an album. And given the sound of the first two tracks they’ve shared from “Interiors,” an effort due Nov. 10, I’d say it has the makings of a modern Quicksand classic.

This one doesn’t hit as hard as the first single out of the box, which was fueled by a muscular, headbanging beast of a riff.

But it’s darker and closer in spirit to ‘90s alternative-rock, its churning rhythms topped by hypnotic guitar arpeggios and a brooding lead vocal by guitarist Walter Schreifels, who desperately wants to arrive where you are, “in the light.” It sounds creepy and ominous but also also dreamy.

Schreifels says the making of “Interiors” “was all just about being ourselves and who we were as well as who we are."

U.S. Girls, "Mad As Hell"

With apologies to Arcade Fire, this has gotta be the most contagious ABBA flashback of the past 10 years or so, its throbbing disco bass giving way to a pining throwback of Carole King churning out Brill Building classics for one girl group after another.

And what’s truly great is that it’s all in service to an anti-war song, Meg Remy assuming the role of the warmonger’s lover to coyly offer a withering insider’s view.

“The war rolled on and on,” she sighs.

“I left that land my home / We watched your hair go grey, that stressful manly shade / You wore it well / No one could tell / The situation was hell / But lies shone in your eyes / You were the first in line to use those bugs up high / The coward's weapon of choice / But you got that winner's smile / And you know how to leave ‘em moist.”

 

 

 

 

 

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But this is not a Grammy. Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale and brother Arejay have been writing and performing their own songs since 1997, when Lzzy was 13 and Arejay was 10. Released in 2009, their self-titled debut sent two songs — “I Get Off” and “It’s Not You” (which may or may not be related) — to the Top 10 on the active-rock charts. Released in 2012, “The Strange Case of ...” spun off three more Top 10 active-rock hits, including two chart-toppers, the rollicking hard-rocker “Love Bites (So Do I)” and the glam-metal swagger of “Freak Like Me.” Their latest effort is "Into the Wild Life," which Classic Rock magazine declared"anastonishing, tour-de-force performance, ferocious and committed and dripping with confidence." 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His singing on the new disc is as haunting as it was on such earlier triumphs as "Church Mouth," "The Satanic Satanist" and "Evil Friends," and have the timeless-on-impact appeal of all their finest work. Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $27-$45. thevanburenphx.com.  Handout, Atlantic Recordswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 5 10/13: Fiesta Friday Presented by Power 98.3 and 96.1 at the 2017 Arizona State Fair. Fiesta Friday features Baby Bash (whose hits include the double-platinum “Cyclone,” “Suga Suga” and “Baby I’m Back”), MC Magic, Lil Rob and Brown Boy. Details:7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. 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Arizona | Insomniac and Relentless Beats present a costume party for the EDM crowd with 12th Planet b2b Crizzly, Bonnie X Clyde, Bro Safari, KSHMR, Laidback Luke, Monxx, Valentino Khan, Zomboy and more acts to be announced. Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.Rawhide,5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. $49-$65. 480-502-5600, relentlessbeats.com.  Thomas Hawthorne/The Republicwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 8 10/14: Harry Styles | The One Direction veteran topped the album charts in May with aself-titled solo debut, preceded by single “Sign of the Times,” a soulful, soaring gemthat topped the charts in more than 84 countries the day it was released. The album was executive produced by Jeff Bhasker, with additional production from Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon. Styles began to showcase the live show with his debut performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where he premiered the album track“Ever Since New York” and“Sign of the Times,” with an additional performance of the single on BBC talk show“The Graham Norton Show.” He also picked up three Teen Choice Awards this year, having previously won Male Hottie and Smile at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Sold out.ticketmaster.com.  Mike Coppola/Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 9 10/14: Macklemore |The Gemini Tour takes its name from thehit maker'sfirstsolo album in more than 10 years. The album was preceded by the Skylar Grey-assisted "Glorious," which Complex said "provides an uplifting, anthemicvibe that Macklemoreuses to put into focus his own legacy and what it means to truly make a mark." And Macklemore has definitely made some sort of mark with the records he's released with Ryan Lewis, including the mutlplatinum triumphs "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us," "Same Love" and "White Walls." Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $36-$66. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.  John Salangsang/Invision APwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 10 10/14: Oh Wonder | The London-based indie-pop duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West are touring the States on "Ultralife," their second album. Uncut responded with a rave that cited several helpful frames of reference. "There are shades of Chvrches in the title track, with its soaring choruses and shimmering soundscapes, while 'Bigger Than Love'is The xx with a massive soul injection." Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $20-$35. thevanburenphx.com.  Zoe Meyers/The Desert Sunwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 11 10/15: Jake Miller | The Miami-born, L.A.-based recording artist has one million Instagram followers, 660,000 Twitter followers and more than 570,000 YouTube subscribers. So don't feel bad for him if you don't recognize his name. He’s been featured in Popstar Magazine, Pop Crush, Teen.com, MTV, Just Jared Jr., and more, and performed alongside Pharrell, Mac Miller, Austin Mahone, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida and Jason Derulo. His 2015 EP "Rumors" topped the iTunes album charts upon release. Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.  Sergi Alexander, Getty Images for iHeartwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 12 10/15: AiR1 Positive Hits Tour | Fronted by a married couple, Skillet'smusic ranges from alt-metal to post-grunge. They've topped the Christian album charts with three consecutive releases — 2009's platinum "Awake," 2013's"Rise" and last year's "Unleashed."They've also topped the Christian rock songs chart 19 times. Nineof those songs crossed over to the mainstream rock charts, including a platinum ode to Jesus Christ called "Hero" and last year's "Feel Invincible," which topped the mainstream rock charts. They're joined by Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Wells and Gawvi. Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $19.75-$36.75. 602-639-8979,gcuarena.com.  Courtesy of Joseph Culticewhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 13 10/15: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Reggae legend Bob | Marley'syoungest son is on tour in support of his first solo album in a decade, "Stony Hill," which features guest appearances from his brother Stephen, Big Youth and Bounty Killer's son Major Myjah. Rolling Stone called it "an inspiring 18-track collection, flexing authority on roots jams and dancehall bangers, political meditations, and come-ons." Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $33.40-$48.50. thevanburenphx.com.  Shirlaine Forrest/WireImagewhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 14 10/17: Evanescence | The Synthesis Live Tour shares a name with Evanescence's fourthalbum, due this fall. Like the album, shows will feature Evanescence reimagining their best known work with a full orchestra, combined with electronics and, as you may have imagined, Amy Lee’s voice and piano. Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $51-$282.ticketmaster.com.  Norberto Duarte/AFP Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 15 10/17: Gojira | These French progressive-metal veterans were originally named Godzilla, changing their name to avoid a lawsuit without really changing it. Gojira is Godzilla in Man’yōgana, an ancient writing system that employs Chinese characters to represent the Japanese language. Either way, it suits their truly monstrous sound — a sound the Guardian once praised as “metal taken to a higher plane of brilliance.” Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $36-$56. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.  Rob Schumacher/The Republicwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 16 10/17: Dinosaur Jr. | J. Mascismade the Alternative Nation safe for speaker-shredding, fuzz-drenched Neil Young-style guitar heroics on Dinosaur Jr. albums as essential as "You're Living All Over Me," "Bug" and "Green Mind." And he definitely tapped into the essence of those classics in the bittersweet guitar jams that constitute the bulk oflast year's stunning"Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not," on which he offeredmore than just a glimpse of what he's kinda always been. Of course, it helps that it's the fourth consecutive release to boastthe classic lineup– Lou Barlow on bass and Murph on drums– since they got back together and blessed us with "Beyond" in 2007. Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $20-$40. thevanburenphx.com.  Phil Bailey/online@PNJ.comwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 17 10/18: RedHotChiliPeppersare bringing the Getaway Tour to Glendalefor a concert at Gila River Arena with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.The tour takes its name from the Peppers’ 11th studio release, which hit the charts at No. 2 in June and has already sent lead single, “Dark Necessities,” to No. 1 on both the mainstream rock and alternative songs charts. The album, produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, was praised byRolling Stone for its “top-shelf modern-rock splendor.”| Details:Wednesday, Oct. 18. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $49-$99. 800-745-3000,gilariverarena.com.  Amy Harris, Invision/APwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 18 10/19: Randy Houser| Long before hescored his first big break in Nashville as an artist, Houser co-wrote "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," a Top 5 entry on the country charts for Trace Adkins in 2002. His own first hit came six years later with "Anything Goes," a song he did not writethat hit No. 16 on the country chart. His second, far more playful single, "Boots On," peaked at No. 2 in 2009 and finished third on Billboard's year-end country singles chart. Since then, he's topped the country airplay charts with the platinum "How Country Feels," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and“We Went.” Other hits include the Top 10 country singles "Goodnight Kiss" and "Like a Cowboy." Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission.602-252-6771,azstatefair.com.  Kevin Winter, Getty Images for Stagecoachwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 19 10/19: Andre Rieu | As a young boy in the Netherlands, Rieu would watch as his father conducted the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. And it impressed the budding violinist how the audience reaction shifted every time his father ended a performance with a Strauss waltz. “He saw, as I do, that Strauss was a genius,” Rieu says. “I remember that during his concerts, he would play Rachmaninoff and Beethoven, whatever, and the audience around me was all very stiff and rigid. Nobody dared to move. And then, for the Strauss waltz, there was a completely different atmosphere — like ‘We are loose now. We can smile. We can even hum the melody or move with the three-quarter bar.’ That struck me, even at that time.” The violinist leads the 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, having acquired the title the Waltz King after scoring a huge hit in Holland in 1994 with “The Second Waltz” from Shostakovich’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra." Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $42-$369.ticketmaster.com.  MARCEL VAN HOORN, AFP/Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 20 10/19: A Day to Remember | These Florida metalcore veterans hit the charts at No. 2 last year with “Bad Vibrations.” The album was hailed by Kerrang! as their “heaviest record since 2007’s ‘For Those Who Have Heart’” while Alternative Press wrote, “As adept as the band are at alternating between metalcore and pop-punk, (Jeremy) McKinnon’s words are similarly nuanced and multifaceted here.” Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $37.50-$67.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.  Courtesy of Summerfestwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 21 10/20: Cafe Tacuba| These Mexican rockers were recently hailed in Rolling Stone for having "continually defined the cutting edge of Latin alternative music" formore than a quarter-century. In that same article, their front man Rubén Albarrán explained how having been formed at the height of the rock en espanol explosion had shaped their vision. "It was a very beautiful era of Mexican music," he said, going on to explain that all the bands on that scene "had the same intention: to seek elements from within for creation. We were all very different and each group had their unique way of expressing themselves."Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission.602-252-6771,azstatefair.com.  Cindy Ord, Getty Images for SiriusXMwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 22 10/20-22: Lost Lake Festival | The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Odesza, the Roots, Run the Jewels, the Pixies, Haim and Ludacris are among the higher-profile artists set to play at the inaugural music festival. Superfly, the co-creators of the iconic Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival, will launch the multi-format Lost Lake Festival at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Details: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $164.50 for GA 3-day pass, with VIP tickets starting at $499.50. LostLakeFestival.com.  Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 23 10/21: Snoop Dogg | It’s been 25 years since Snoop Dogg grabbed the culture by the collar with a featured rap on Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," announcing his arrival with "Ready to make an entrance, so back on up."  It wasn't long before he'd made good on the promise of that entrance with such early hits as "What's My Name?" and "Gin and Juice." He topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004 with the Pharrell-assisted "Drop It Like It's Hot" and returned to the top in 2010 as the featured guest on Katy Perry's "California Gurls." Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 21. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.  Nick Oza/The Republicwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 24 10/21: A$AP Mob | The Harlem rap collective founded in 2006 andhelmed by A$AP Rocky hit the Billboard album charts at No. 13 lastNovember with "Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends." The sequel, "Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy," hit the streets in August, boasting guest appearances fromBig Sean,Playboi Carti, Quavo,Lil Uzi Vert,Lil Yachty,Chief Keef,Gucci Mane,Schoolboy Q,Frank Ocean,Jaden Smith and Flatbush Zombies.Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St.$50; $42.50in advance.luckymanonline.comandmesaamp.com.  Alexander Bortzwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 25 10/22: Forever in Your Mind | Emery Kelly was 16 and Ricky Garcia 14 when they were both eliminated during boot camp week on Season 3 of "The X-Factor." But Simon Cowell knew better, forming a trio with those two and Jon Klaasen. They sang a cover of the Jonas Brothers' "Lovebug" and were the last contestants cut before the final 16. Klaasen left the group a few months later with Kelly's cousin Liam Attridge stepping in to fill the void. Last year, Variety reported that the Disney Channel has greenlit a supernatural comedy starring the trio as three brothers who were bitten by a vampire during their debut concert in 1957. According to Variety, "After living in the shadows for over half a century to keep their vampire-identities a secret, they meet a music producer who convinces them to reemerge as a vampire boy band. Now, on track to become stars, the boys are excited to breathe new life into their music career while trying to live as normal teenagers." Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.  Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images for WEwhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 26 10/23: HIM | With 2006's "Dark Light," these metallic alternative rockers became the first Finnish artists in history to have an album be certified gold in the States. Their latest album, 2012's "Tears on Tape," is a dark, dramatic affair fueled by heavy, distorted guitars that inspired the critic atClassic Rockmagazine to hail it as "a glorious return to form for one of the world's most peculiarly successful bands." Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $45-$60. thevanburenphx.com.  BERTIL ERICSON, AFP/Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 27 10/24: Azealia Banks | This New York rapper was all of 19 when she took the blogosphere by storm with a debut single named "212," which ended 2011 in the upper reaches of critics' lists at the Guardian, NME, Pitchfork and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop poll. Her latest effort is a mixtape titled "Slay-Z," to which NME responded, " 'Slay-Z' is a blast. What sets Banks apart from her peers is her ability to bounce effortlessly between genres." Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$40. thevanburenphx.com.  Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sad-and-other-songs-you-need-to-hear-right-now photo 28 10/25: Our Lady Peace | These Canadian rockers, led by vocalist Raine Maida, have sold millions of albums worldwide and won ten MuchMusic Video Awards — the most ever awarded to any group or artist. They've had a string of alternative-radio hits in the States, from "Starseed" and "Superman's Dead" in the '90s to 2002's "Somewhere Out There" and "Innocent." Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.  OLIVIER MORIN, AFP/Getty Imageswhy-elon-musk-is-making-the-rentals-sa<p class=

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