It's June, so I guess that means summer is ... here? Reliably dark times, traditionally, for "stuff going on." But fear not, Gambiteers.
Longtime California punk band (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year) Face to Face is at House of Blues tonight. This month the band released its first album in almost a decade — the LP Laugh Now, Laugh Later, a big hook, bright chorus return-to-form for the southern California pop punk pioneers. (Stream album track "It's Not All About You" here.) The band launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the LP's first pressing.
Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon — Corey Woods, The Chef — hits Maison tonight. Read Noah Bonaparte Pais' breakdown of the New York MC's return with the sequel to the massive 1995 album Only Built for Cuban Linx... and the Wu-channeling 2011 LP Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. (Meanwhile, the rapper hit Bourbon Street last night and picked up, of course, a hand grenade at Tropical Isle.)
The show — featuring arguably one of the best names to drop into Maison — has a a solid local presence: New Orleans rappers Truth Universal, Dee-1 and Lyrikill — three thinking man's MCs you should definitely know — are opening. Grab some free music from the artists here, here and here.
The Wu disciple is better known for his bleak, violent, "real" and terrifying 'hood tales (that's him on "C.R.E.A.M"'s first verse, "sticking up white boys in ball courts.") So here's the Chef's trailer for "Snake Water":
After the jump: Where to catch a free screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
At 8 p.m. the New Orleans Film Society hosts a free screening of the '80s John Hughes classic — starring Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck and a pre-crazy Charlie Sheen — at Coliseum Square Park (at Coliseum and Euterpe streets in the LGD). Bring a blanket and/or a chair. Food and drinks are available beginning at 6 p.m.