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November Music Highlights

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Whether you need an excuse to turn up the heat and dance or get warm and cozy with some mellow tunes, you have options in November. Check out some of the highlights:

November 3rd: Aloe Blacc at Rickshaw Stop
By now you know the soul singer for his song “I Need A Dollar,” which is the theme song for HBO’s How To Make It In America. Truth is, Aloe Blacc has been making great hip-hop music (part of Emanon) for years — don’t sleep on him any longer.

November 5th: Bear in Heaven at The Independent
Riding the wave of the psych rock movement out of New York, along with buddies Yeasayer and MGMT, Bear In Heaven are incredible. Having witnessed the group earlier this year at Austin City Limits, I can whole-heartedly admit that songs like “Dust Cloud” make for transcending experiences.

November 6th: Thievery Corporation at The Greek Theater
Thievery Corporation has been creating music for years, and accordingly, have a vast breadth of styles from dub, down tempo, soul, and funk. Not many groups can give you all of that in one concert.

November 11th: Ghostface Killah at Slim’s
Ghostface is one of the few remaining Wu-Tang members still making relevant hip hop. Like the famous Wu slogan, he ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.

November 12th: Toro Y Moi at Rickshaw Stop
Probably my favorite new artist of 2010, Toro Y Moi makes glitch-pop. Play Michael Jackson, bump the record so it skips, distort your speakers so it’s “lo-fi,” and walla! — Toro Y Moi.

November 13th: Junip at The Independent
Where Rufus Wainwright (playing the same night at Davis Symphony Hall) became Starbuck’s filler music, Jose Gonzalez ventured away with his buddies to form Junip. The group’s whimsically dark tones are soothing and haunting reminiscent of Nick Drake.

November 30th: Ariel Pink at The Regency Ballroom
The smorgasbord of musical styles and crazed confessionals that make Ariel Pink can’t be matched. Maybe Animal Collective were the first to catch on to his artistic prowess, but with the number of people mimicking his style today, they’re not the only ones to know talent.