YelaWolf St. Andrew's Hall • 5/30
What do you get when you take a tattooed punk skater kid, throw him in the Southern ghetto and then give him a peep show of what rap is? Well, basically you get Yelawolf, which means strong roots of Southern rock, heavily influenced by hip-hop's gritty crudeness and rhyming patterns. So get ready for some arm-crossing attitude—Yelawolf will be oozing verses from his album Radioactive on Wednesday at St. Andrew's Hall. Doors at 7 p.m., more info at livenation.com.
Besnard Lakes PJ's Lager House • 5/31
Drifting in from Montreal, the indie-rock quartet led by husband-and-wife duo Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek will be making an appearance at the Lager House on Thursday. Besnard Lakes has an airy, almost eerie sound that hypnotically commands your mind. The band's rock lullaby hum is soothing, yet simplistically informative. Grab a beer (or maybe some shrooms) and float into the music's alternative consciousness. Doors at 9 p.m. For more info, check out thecrofoot.com.
DJ Skribble V Nightclub • 6/1
Perhaps one of the most famous DJs of all time, Skribble (of MTV and mix-album fame) joins DJ Captn20 for Double Vision Fridays at V Nightclub inside MGM Grand Detroit. Known the world over for providing the soundtrack for the MTV generation, particularly on such hit shows and events as The Grind and MTV's Spring Break, Skribble is also a radio and TV personality, and will be showcasing his skills at V, alongside Captn20 and Channel 955's DJ Whip and JAG. Doors are at 10 p.m. This is a 21+ event with more info at vnightclub.com.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Joe Louis Arena • 6/1
The sound that the Red Hot Chili Peppers produce is basically equivalent to that feeling you get when you down a whole can of Red Bull in 10 seconds, producing a sharp bolt of energy as you become the best dancer ever. Want to amplify that feeling times ten? See them live. You are guaranteed to become the funkiest dancer on the floor. Let your bones feel the funk-rock of this newly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band on Friday at JLA. Will they play all the hits? We can't predict the future, but we sure as shit hope so! Begins at 8 p.m., more info at olympiaentertainment.com.
Motor City Irish Festival Western Graham Field • 6/1-6/3
Get your dancing shoes on! Well, your Irish dancing shoes, that is. It's not St. Patrick 's Day, but the luck o' the Irish is back for three days—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—in the city of Redford. Fill your glasses tall with some good old Irish whiskey or stout, then hobble over to admire the pipe and drum band and Irish dancers (and perhaps join in yourself). And don't forget to check out the musical lineup of the best Irish bands in town (the Kreelers, the Codgers, Blackthorn, Bill Grogan's Goat and many, many more!). And, oh yeah, did we mention the whiskey? More info on the vendors, cultural tent and Sunday mass at motorcityirishfest.com.
Patti Smith: Camera Solo DIA • 6/1-9/2
Best known as a pioneering protopunk performer, Patti Smith is an artist of many talents. The Patti Smith: Camera Solo collection is the first exhibit in America that will focus solely on Smith as a photographer. The display includes gritty black-and-white photographs – capturing whispers in time, creating immortal moments, seeming both romantically alone and morbidly dead. In conjunction with this exhibit, Smith will also be performing a show at the Detroit Film Theatre on Friday, 6/1 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the exhibit and show, please go to dia.org.
Talib Kweli Blind Pig • 6/2
One of the most intellectually respected rappers of our time, Talib Kweli, is an example of hip-hop in its purest form—the way it originally began. This alt-rapper composes his sounds of rhythm and soul without themes of objectified women or the glorification of drugs and guns. He speaks on empowerment, activism, community and life. He also wins points for acting as a mentor at a non-profit after school music program for urban youth. Kweli will be performing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Come out and let him remind you what hip-hop was meant to be. Doors at 9 p.m., 18+, more information at blindpigmusic.com.