Music Tonight: Hugely popular Dubstep duo Zeds Dead turns Madison Theater into dance music heaven tonight as its The Graveyard Tour comes to Covington. The Canadian Electronic duo (stage names: DC and Hooks) has become a favorite go-to remix team and they continue to run a weekly dance night in Toronto called Bassmentality, which has featured different international acts for each event, including Skrillex, Dieselboy and Netsky. But they still manage to globe-trot quite a bit, capitalizing on their huge internet (that's what free downloads can do for ya) and word of mouth buzz. Presented by Next Era Ent. Dub Collective, showtime for the all-ages show is 9 p.m. Admission is $15. Check out one of Zeds Dead's better known cuts, a rewiring of a certain Moody Blues classic.—-
• Instrumental Metal trio Russian Circles brings the heavy to the Southgate House in Newport tonight for a show in support of its freshly-released fourth album, Empros. The 9 p.m., all-ages show also features San Francisco Prog/Post Rock/Black Metal up-and-comers Deafheaven. Tickets are $15. Check out recent tracks from both acts below.
• Kids These Days bring their "Traphouse Rock" to Bogart's tonight for an all-ages, 8 p.m. show. The band combines its diverse influences — Pop, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Rock and Blues — to come up with an adorably affable sound that could make the band huge in the near future. Check out their music vid for the song "Darling" below. Tickets are $10.99.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for November 9
On this day in 1999, the RIAA reveals the biggest selling album of the 20th century is The Eagles' compilation, Greatest Hits 1971-1975, while the best selling single in the U.S. over the previous 100 years was announced as Elton John's "Candle In the Wind" (the Lady Di remix from 1997). Which will tell scientists a lot about our culture in 1000 years. We love "mildly pleasing" and we turn into huge saps when celebrities die.
So far in the 21st century, the U.K. has shown they share our deep emotions (and resultant desire to spend) about famous people dying. Amy Winehouse's Back to Black is the U.K.'s best seller since 2000.
But perhaps not for long — following in the footsteps of such beloved dead people as Elliott Smith and Tupac Shakur, Winehouse drops her first posthumous album in December. Lioness: Hidden Treasures features 12 tracks of unreleased songs, alternate versions of released songs and two new tunes. The track "Like Smoke," a collaboration with Nas, is the first song released to the public from the collection. Check it:
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Nov. 9 include: Folk singer with Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Travers (1936); Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty (1941); Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa, Sandy Denton (1969); Blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi (1970); Cincinnati native Nick Lachey (1973); and contemporary Hip Hop legend, Scarface (1970).
Born Brad Terrence Jordan, Scarface (whose name, believe it or not, comes from the Al Pacino movie) is a Southern Hip Hop legend, coming to prominence as a member of Texas icons Geto Boys. On his own, Scarface has released a dozen solo albums since the early ’90s that should earn him an additional plaque in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame to go along with his one for Geto Boys.
One of Scarface's biggest fans is Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge, who cast Scarface in the role of "Upgrayedd" in his film Idiocracy and used his music in Office Space, including this Geto Boys track from what may be the most popular scene in the cult favorite.