THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDS: I’m coming at Gotye with reservations. Firstly, I can’t look at his name without seeing “Goatse.” (If you don’t know what that is, do yourself a favor and never, ever Google it.) Secondly, I have disliked his monster hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” from the moment I first heard it, and the song’s overexposure has solidified that dislike into a lusty hate. Oh my goodness, I hate that song. But I freely admit that it’s a well-produced, catchy single, and if I were the kind of person who could like that song, $79 to $114 would be a fair price to pay to see Gotye perform it live at the House of Blues on Sept. 7.
LINGERING ADDICTION: The title of the 1988 major-label debut album by Jane’s Addiction is Nothing’s Shocking, and truly, nothing is. Take Jane’s Addiction itself, scheduled to play the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on Sept. 7 ($65). They have released only four albums in 25-plus years together; they haven’t had a hit single or anything like one since 2006; their 1988 album still provides the meat of their live set … and yet they still have a massive following, one passionate enough to pay its nearly Gotye-sized ticket price. The reason: Those early songs, among them “Pigs in Zen” and “Been Caught Stealing,” rock like bastards, and the band still has the stones necessary to play them well. (The band “held its fans at near-riotous ecstasy” at a March 15 show in Catoosa, Okla., according to Tulsa World writer Jennifer Chancellor.) The only shocking thing about this gig is that it isn’t a residency.
NOW ON SALE: Thunder! Chango! Metal Marty! Eddie Spaghetti! It isn’t every day that the mighty Supersuckers favor us with a visit, but on Dec. 8 at the Lounge at the Palms, they’ll do just that—and tickets are a measly $18. They’ll earn that halfway through “Born With a Tail.”