Kendrick Lamar at War Memorial, Steelism at The Basement, Los Straitjackets on Daytrotter [Live Bits]



* As reported by The Spin, Kendrick Lamar's show Sunday night at War Memorial Auditorium was bangin', as they say. Well, hip-hop blog What R U Doin' was in attendance, and they shot the above recap video, which features some chunks of Lamar's performance as well as a couple little snippets of local opener Chancellor Warhol. Have a look.

* Remember two weeks ago, when Obama hadn't been re-elected, and eclectic country-rock instrumental outfit Steelism played their 7-inch release show at The Basement? Ah, we were so young an naive then. Anyway, good news for folks who weren't able to catch the performance: The guitarin' half of Steelism, Jeremy Fetzer, has uploaded some videos of the duo's performance to his YouTube page. With cameos from Andrew Combs, Evan P. Donohue and Caitlin Rose, not to mention covers of Buck Owens' "Tiger by the Tail" and the relentlessly covered and sampled "Apache," it's a damn fine set. The true highlight, however, is the reggae'd out cover of "Something" — Frank Sinatra's favorite love song — with Spencer Cullum Jr. on the talk box. That is some good shit. See a handful of the videos after the jump.

* You want to talk about harrowing, heartwarming tales? Los Straitjackets' Danny "Daddy-O Grande" Amis has one of those, and according to the man himself, President Obama saved his life. Anyway, Nashville's own masked masters of surf rock just did a Daytrotter session, so scuttle on over there to hear some guitar rock as it's meant to be played ... you know, on guitars.

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