Tour Buzz

UKE-FUL INFORMATION: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder visits the appropriately named Pearl on Nov. 1 ($91), the second night of a two-night engagement. I didn’t mention it last week because I figured you’d be busy on Halloween. But this week, you have no excuse. You’ve just got to see one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll vocalists of our generation—the voice of ‘Jeremy” and “Corduroy”—standing defiant on a Vegas stage, accompanying himself on … an ukulele. Vedder is touring behind his May 2011 album Ukulele Songs, which he’d apparently hoped to do sooner than this. (These Vegas shows were originally scheduled for April—and yes, tickets purchased for those shows will still be honored.) Although it would be nice to have some Electric Ed, it’s better than no Ed at all—and according to early reviews, there are a bunch of Pearl Jam songs in the set, anyway.

BALL HOG OR THUD GOD: I’m gonna pull rank on you here. For $22, you can see Mike Watt + The Missingmen playing at Vinyl on Nov. 3. And as someone who’s been forced to see both Cher and Ratt live onstage in the course of his work, I demand that you shell out that paltry sum of money to see a truly great musician. Watt, formerly a member of Minutemen, Firehose and the Stooges, is revered among punk bassists—everyone from the Beastie Boys to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to … yes, even Eddie Vedder has clamored to work with Watt, and they have. (Get Watt’s 1995 album Ball Hog or Tugboat, whose numerous guest performers practically make it a K-Tel collection of the 1990s alternative rock era.) Just remember, you’re not paying $22 for Watt’s “hits.” You’re paying to see him master his instrument, and to be grateful you’re not watching Ratt.

NOW ON SALE: Remember back when, in the pre-Gaga, pre-Adele days, when everybody was all up in Pink’s stuff? Well, she hasn’t forgotten you. The rose-tinted diva plays Mandalay Bay in support of her new album, The Truth About Love, on Feb. 15 ($69-$153).

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Political Candidates, Busted


Political Candidates, Busted

By Danny Axelrod

Washington D.C.-based artist Melissa Ichiuji’s latest works are a brutal commentary on politics. The former Alvin Ailey dancer has seen success for her work with erotic soft sculptures, but for her latest exhibit, Fair Game, the imagery is stark and brutal. “I wanted to play with traditional portraiture and settled on doing busts,” Ichiuji says. “It’s a play on words in how the media is out there looking for the next sound bite or gaffe, ready to ‘bust’ political leaders from both parties.” Ichiuji brings two pieces and a slide show from her D.C.