Rhyme and reason - Page 2

Doseone of Subtle sounds off about the state of hip-hop (and Nas's fancy pants). Plus: Poi Dog Pondering, Bloodhag, and more

He became the guy in the Versace pants."). But his disillusionment hasn't stopped Drucker from continuing to apply the core hip-hop tenets — contrived or no — that he forged as a young fan to his music.

In case you were wondering, those beliefs include: (1) the thing where "you were always in the dark in a park and you hafta be ready to fucking fight for the meat on the hide — this battle mind," (2) "You can't do the same thing twice — that's for old people and studio gangstas," and (3) "Steal, steal, steal. But you do it with fucking respect — you want to be accountable for that shit, and you want to be able to see those people and somehow possibly say, without feeling like a douche-bag, 'You inspire me. I made music out of your music.'<0x2009>"

Hell, Drucker added merrily, "It's just a large-form steal. There are no boundaries. Unfortunately it's a little annoying sometimes, but mostly all's fair in love and hanging out with me."


With Facing New York and Clue to Kalo

Wed/7, 9 p.m., $15

Great American Music Hall

859 O'Farrell, SF




Hell Bent for Letters (Alternative Tentacles), indeed. The combo issues short, sharp metal bons mots to their beloved sci-fi and fantasy writers. Fri/9, 9:30 p.m., $8. Eli's Mile High Club, 3629 MLK Jr. Way, Oakl. www.oaklandmilehigh.com. Sat/10, call for time, free. Dark Carnival Books, 3086 Claremont, Berk. (510) 595-7637. Sat/10, 9 p.m., $10. Annie's Social Club, 917 Folsom, SF. www.anniessocialclub.com


With a new album in paw, the Hawaii-Chicago transplants puzzle over the folk-rock good times once again. Sat/10, 9 p.m., $21. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. www.gamh.com


No, there is no Fern. Philly combo Fern Knight nurtures Margaret Wienk's acoustic-electronic musings. Having transitioned from death metal to elfin folk, Ex Reverie's Gillian Chadwick turns in a gorgeous The Door into Summer, released on Greg Weeks' Language of Stone imprint. With Mariee Sioux. Sun/11, 9 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.hemlocktavern.com

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