THE MAN FROM MINNESOTA: What can one possibly say about Prince at this point in time? The artist formerly known as The Artist—scheduled to play four shows over a two-day stand at The Joint, April 26-27 ($55-$95)—has reportedly been pouring himself into his live performances of late, reportedly playing two-hour sets loaded with classics and covers. (Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune wrote that Prince played both Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” and, puzzlingly, Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” during a September concert.) As near as I can tell, Prince is still a Jehovah’s Witness, which means that nearly all the dirty lyrics have been refined out of his performance. And he’s still got a mouth that gets him into trouble (“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that,” he told Michael Hann of The Guardian in 2011.) But really, all this stuff is secondary to the fact that he’s Prince. We got one Prince, and that’s all we’re ever going to get. We should take advantage of that before he puts on the burqa and disappears from public life completely.
TEN DOLLA NO HOLLA: In this time of belt-tightening and deliberate Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking, I’m always quick to point out a good deal when I see one—and the April 26 show by Iamdynamite, the space bar-impaired Detroit band playing the Lounge at the Palms, is such a deal at $10. Granted, their sound isn’t screamingly original—mostly bright, relentlessly upbeat party punk in the style of The Offspring, with a bit of indie pop bubbling beneath the hyperventilation—but you gotta admit that it’s tough to find a show by a national band that costs only $10. For that kind of money, you can afford to make a blind investment that might result in a new musical connection.
NOW ON SALE: Speaking of smoking deals, a $40 show by ascending hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar is almost too good to pass up—especially when said show is happening poolside at the Cosmopolitan (on May 22), and features ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul & Jay Rock in opening slots.