Having notched over 10 releases since 2009, Israeli dubstep producer/rapper Borgore comes to SA with a new EP, Legend, just two weeks away. Influenced by everything in his long history of music and travel, Borgore is unique among the ever-growing cast of international EDM artists. His sound, ready-made for thrilling live performances, incorporates familiarly spastic dubstep patterns, rap and pop vocal stylings, free jazz sensibilities, and triplet drum variants borrowed from his metal days. Having rocked stages from Israel to L.A., and everywhere in between, Borgore’s bombastic shows are known to sometimes include things like ice cream trucks and strippers. Extracurriculars aside, a Borgore show is always a hedonistic free-for-all, oozing with boozy abandon — a pretty great way to start your summer. $20, 9pm Thursday, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 698-2856, flavorus.com.
2. Art in the Dark
Established in 1933, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind has grown from a small Southside sewing factory to a nonprofit providing rehabilitation, training, and employment at multiple facilities — including 14 outposts on military installations — where one might find blind or visually-impaired individuals engaged in anything from Braille instruction to manufacturing floorboards for the Boeing KC135. Three years strong, SALB’s Art in the Dark event encourages guests to rely on the “the touch ... the sense ... the feel of art” by bidding on cloaked items at a silent auction with wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and live music. Benefiting SALB’s new Blind Children’s Educational Program, this year’s benefit features works by local sculptors Diana Kersey (above), Alicia Tapp, Joanne Burnside, Pam Ameduri, and more than 40 others. $25, 6:30-9pm Thursday, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, (210) 531-1533, salighthouse.org.
3. Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar burst into the national spotlight in 2011, following the release of his debut album Section.80, which included the hits “HiiiPoWeR” and “A.D.H.D.” If that album — lyrically focused on issues of drug addiction, violence, love, lust, and the battle to improve oneself — got people talking about Lamar as if he was next in line for the rap throne, 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City proved they were right. The accolades for M.A.A.D. City haven’t stopped since its release, Lamar’s chameleon style — even though some connoisseurs may find it too derivative of the young rapper’s wide palette of influences — has earned him comparisons to everyone from André 3000 to 2Pac. Whether it’s chopper-style rapid fire, laid-back poetry, hyped-up growl, or hypnotic faux-Jamaican-accented groove riding verses, there’s just something about the 25-year-old Compton native’s vocal charisma and earnest enthusiasm that make us want to hear what he has to say. Thursday at Whitewater Amphitheater, though, when the man comes through our area for the second time in eight months, he won’t be the only act to get excited about. In tow for the Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City tour are some of Lamar’s longtime associates: Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock. The four comprise the gloriously named Black Hippy collective. $34.18-$842.49, 8pm Thursday, Whitewater Amphitheatre, 11860 FM 360, New Braunfels, (830) 964-3800, whitewaterrocks.com.
Friday, June 14
4. Tobin Hill Arts Alliance 4th Anniversary Celebration
With their Second Friday Art Walks through the studios and galleries of Tobin Hill, the Tobin Hill Arts Alliance promotes the historic ’hood as a hub for emerging artists. The organization celebrates its fourth anniversary this week with a block party filled with “music, dance, poetry, theatrical performances, mimes, and live art demos.” Orbiting around founder Luis Lopez’s La Casa Rosa, the festivities kick off with music by DJ GQ Velasquez and live art demos by Raul Castellanos, Fernando Andrade, JD Morera, and Jawire Art. Following remarks by Lopez, San Antonio College president Dr. Robert Zeigler, and Adam Greenup, Mayor Castro’s Senior Policy Advisor and LGBT liaison, the neighborhood lights up with video installations at Dewey Place Art Space (512 E Dewey), improvisational jazz at High Wire (326 W Josephine), and ice sculpting at Tycoon Flats (2926 N St. Mary’s) paired with exhibits at each venue. Free, 6-10pm Friday, La Casa Rosa Art Studio, 527 E Dewey, tobinarts.com.
5. The Dig
New York baroque-pop-rockers The Dig play 502 Bar just 10 days after the release of their superb Tired Hearts. This lush and melancholic EP of patient gems comes exactly a year after the quartet’s breakthrough album, the diverse and meditative Midnight Flowers. The Dig pack an indie rock punch with classical smarts and a rare sense of delicacy. “Somebody recently described our sound as dreamy rock-n-roll,” singer/bassist Emile Mosseri told the Current. “We thought that that felt accurate in a way. There is an ambient quality to our music, but I feel like underneath it is a rock ’n’ roll foundation.” Their sound will come as a definite delight to fans of popular indie acts like The Walkmen and The Antlers. This show promises to be a true can’t-miss. And it gets better. Rather than touring with another New York act or co-headliner, The Dig comes to San Antonio alone and will be supported by an eclectic mix of top-notch local talent: Bright Like the Sun, Blowing Trees, and Last Nighters. $5-$8, 10pm Friday, 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.
6. "Las Tres Chifladas and the Whole Enchilada"
Aztlan invites art fans on a “visual journey that transcends into another world” with “Las Tres Chifladas and the Whole Enchilada.” Uniting three artists using ceramics in unexpected ways, the exhibit rounds up curiosities seemingly plucked from a fantastical forest. Known for works dealing with nature and fertility, Gricelda Corpus-Nill builds narratives with human forms surrounded by branches, shells, and other bits of nature. Employing a color palette reminiscent of a bag of moldy bread, Sarah Rohlack conjures organic phenomena in undulating layers of clay (above). Inviting “multiple meanings,” Lenise Perez-Miller’s ceramic oddities are designed to offer “a contradiction of cultures, social viewpoints, feminine roles in society, and the love and appreciation of objects and memories from the past.” Free, 6-10pm Friday, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, (210) 432-1896, centroculturalaztlan.50megs.com.
7. Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath
It’s time to stop treating Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath as a novelty act: these guys are for real. One of SA’s most unique groups, the band is celebrating the vinyl release of Tattooed Rose with a must-see show at Hi-Tones. Buffkin’s voice is equal parts Tom Waits and Louis Armstrong, and his Satchmo growl is perfect for the band’s ragtime blues, New Orleans rock, and piano ballads that simultaneously take you back and forward in time. With the addition of Roland Delacruz (Masters of Love) on slide guitar, the band is better than ever. The album (co-produced by Delacruz and Buffkin) is solid, but this is a band to be experienced live, especially when you have opening acts like Sugar Skulls (in one of their last shows for a while) and El Campo (aka Pillow Talk). $5, 9pm Friday, Hi-Tones, 621 E Dewey, (210) 785-8777.
Saturday, June 15
8. Ronnie Laws & Tom Browne
Just to be clear, trumpeter Tom Browne and sax man Ronnie Laws aren’t exactly jazz guys. Of course that shouldn’t discount their contributions, which loom large over the R&B, funk, smooth jazz, and even hip-hop scenes. The Houston-born Laws got his start with Earth, Wind & Fire, soon moving to play with Quincy Jones, Sister Sledge, and his brother, flautist Herbert Laws. Browne cut his teeth alongside Lonnie Smith and Freddie Hubbard, and holds the unique distinction of having one of his songs (“Funkin’ For Jamaica”) sampled by N.W.A., Shaquille O’ Neal, Erykah Badu, and Mariah Carey. Through their solo careers, both Laws and Browne have shown themselves capable of executing a wide variety of styles, so expect their set at the Carver to be a thoroughly funky affair. $31, 8pm Saturday, Jo Long Theater, 226 N Hackberry, 210-207-7211, thecarver.org.
9. Sugar Skulls
Little Brave moved to Austin, Mrs. Howl and Carly Garza are moving to Seattle, and now the exodus continues with Sugar Skull’s powerhouse singer Alyson Alonzo, who will spend “some time” in California and New York City, and who knows when (and if) she will be back. We wish you the best, Aly, and you’re doing the right thing — a big voice should live in a big city — but, seriously, you leaving us sucks. Partner in crime Jeff Escamilla (the guitarist she found at a party, playing his subtle, magic guitar in someone’s bedroom) won’t be joining her in the adventure but he will be with her at her going-away concert at Martini Ranch. It should be an emotional send-off for a top-notch blues/retro-soul singer who, in a relatively short time, left her indelible mark on the local scene. Free, 10pm Saturday, Martini Ranch, 4904 West Avenue, (210) 341-1717.
Sunday, June 16
10. Method and Madness: Hamlet 2013
Hamlet is said to be William Shakespeare’s most popular play, a walloping five-acts of betrayal, revenge, double-crossing, and murder. Death by poison, suicide, stabbing, and decree slaughters the cast, while Hamlet, son of slain King Hamlet of Denmark (now a ghost), ponders what to do next. Hamlet Jr.’s mad, pissed off, but maybe crazy-mad, too. The Classic Theatre of San Antonio and experimental theater virtuosos Jump-Start Performance Company have teamed up to perform Method & Madness: Hamlet 2013, an adaptation by Laurie Rae Dietrich in steam punk dress that slices the original down to a 90-minute ride through intrigue. Don’t expect a simple synopsis of the venerable work; the radically different styles of both companies (classic, experimental) will both be in play, and pairings abound. Diane Malone and Jump-Start’s S.T. Shimi co-direct, Billy Muñoz and Rick Malone share lighting design, and Hamlet’s split personalities are performed by Muñoz and Linda Ford. With Christie Beckham, Erik Bosse, Dietrich, Dino Foxx, Pamela Dean Kenny, Robert Rehm, Joseph Urick and Kitty Williams. $15-$20, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (210) 227-5867, jump-start.org. Through June 23.
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