JUST CAUSE: On October 24, Tegan and Sara take the Courtyard Stage at House of Blues ($16.50-$55) for an afternoon concert to benefit the Shade Tree women’s shelter. The duo hopes to raise $5,000 with their 30-minute set, and the $55 tickets include a meet and greet with the Quin twins. Thirty minutes isn’t enough time to run through the entire Heartthrob album, but it’s a perfect opportunity to “get a little bit closer” to Tegan and Sara while giving money to a good cause.
MUSICAL GENIUS: The best thing about Kanye West’s recent feud with Jimmy Kimmel was West’s unapologetic admission that he is “a creative genius.” Well, that and his virtually uninterrupted, six-minute rant about racism vs. classism, his refusal to be bullied or follow the rules, and comparisons to personal heroes Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Jesus and Michelangelo. Say what you will about Kanye’s baby mama (Kim Kardashian), fashion enterprises or oversize ego–the man is passionate, and he takes his music seriously. When he brings his Yeezus tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 25 ($50-$250), fans can decide for themselves if the man behind “Black Skinhead,” “New Slaves” and “I Am a God” is a legitimate genius, more Da Vinci than dud.
NOW ON SALE: Nine Inch Nails went on hiatus in 2009, and the last time I saw Trent Reznor, he was with Atticus Ross accepting an Oscar for Best Original Score for David Fincher’s The Social Network. But all that’s changed. NIN released an album, Hesitation Marks, in August, and kicked off their Tension 2013 tour in September. The band will play two shows at The Joint on November 15-16 ($71-$81). Expect an older, wiser, less angsty band (they’ve got backup singers!) and a spectacular light show. Just don’t go expecting to hear “Closer.” The band has been performing a generous mix of new and old material, but their biggest hit has been curiously absent from the set list.