In the week we wondered if it was still possible to sell out in 2010 (short answer: no), we also found ourselves introduced to the horrific new term “rape gaze,” about which the less that’s now said, the better. Cleanse your palate with the six best things you can bid on from WFMU’s benefit auction, or, if you tastes run less charitable, with these rap songs about video games. Or even this hilarious, not-so-neighborly letter about the evil of Katy Perry. The choice, as always, is yours.
M.I.A. redeemed herself with a wildly successful free show at Brooklyn Bowl–now meet the people who waited in line for it. The Hold Steady did everything in their power to desecrate the Beacon Theater (see them try to do it again at the Apple Store tonight). Triptykon, 1349, Yakuza, and Immolith painted it black at Gramercy Theatre. Drake and Trey Songz did a lot of purring at the Best Buy Theater. Roger Waters performed The Wall at Madison Square Garden. Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. lit up Santos Party House. Marnie Stern worked super blue at the Rock Shop. GAYNGS brought Justin Vernon to the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Urge Overkill reunited at Mercury Lounge. And Van Dyke Parks threatened violence at the Bell House.
Craig Finn of the Hold Steady broke down the soon-to-be-over Twins/Yankees series. Rapper 9th Prince told us about his older brother RZA and the early days of the Wu-Tang Clan. Bing and Ruth premiered their new “Put Your Weight Into It” for us; Gay For Johnny Depp countered with “You Have A Theory, I Have A Gun.”
Plus Flavorpill resurrects the ghost of “New York Noise,” Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers gets a release date at last, Jay-Z becomes a poster boy for gang violence, Lil Wayne says goodbye to the internet and heads off to solitary, and Weezer vow to bring back both Pinkerton and the Blue Album to New York in December. Looking for something to do a little sooner than that? Consult our guide to your weekend in nightlife, featuring Rumble, Oktoberfest, Flashing Lights, and Ratatat. We’re back whenever Kanye releases a new song.