Casey Veggies, Travi$ Scott Warehouse Live, July 22
Casey Veggies has traded the life of one baller for that of another. A high-school star on the hardwood, the Inglewood, Calif., native decided rhyming was more to his liking and began making a name for himself on the L.A. mixtape circuit with songs like "I'm Right Here" and "It's All Good." Today Veggies has released five tapes, including three volumes of his Customized Greatly series. He just turned 20.
Joining him on this "PNCXX Tour" is Kanye-anointed Houston synth-rapper Travi$ Scott, the elder member of this bill at 21; he did some production work on Yeezus' "New Slaves" and "Guilt Trip." Also a member of T.I.'s Grand Hustle team, earlier this year Scott released his debut EP, Owl Pharoah, of which Rocks Off's Brandon Caldwell said "in Scott's world of physics, everything is either weighed down by relationship issues or climbing up from obscurity to land work with his heroes." Considering Wale, Paul Wall, Theophilus London, 2 Chainz and Tip himself all make appearances, so far so good. CHRIS GRAY
DJ Sun The Flat, July 22
Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout.
But then, One Hundred's intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man. Among his multitude of weekly gigs and KPFT Saturday-night show Soular Grooves, Sun's long-running Monday residency at the Flat is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work. CHRIS GRAY
Little Joe Washington Boondocks, July 23
Out of a Third Ward blues-guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe "Guitar Hughes," Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: he's also pedaling his Schwinn from gig to gig, Fender strapped to his back, doing things with it you've never heard before and never will again, and then passing his hat around for tips. JOHN NOVA LOMAX
Davey Suicide Fitzgerald's, July 24
Former AFI front man has gone even more Marilyn Manson since leaving the Bay Area emo-goths known for "Sing the Sorrow." Titles from Suicide's eponymous solo debut, released in March, include "Generation Fuck Star," "Uncross Your Legs," "Holywood Killafornia" and "Professor Asshole." Joining him on Suicide's "Hide Your Morals" tour are Buffalo, N.Y. post-hardcore outfit The Bunny The Bear and UK industrial bruisers the Defiled. Sounds like a laugh a minute. CHRIS GRAY
Black Sabbath Cynthis Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 25
The full-fledged original Black Sabbath reunion so many fans were hoping for didn't quite happen because drummer Bill Ward couldn't agree to terms, but this is still Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler together onstage, playing all the doomsaying, slab-like songs that went a long way toward forging hard rock and heavy metal as we know it today. Released in June, the band's new album 13 may not make disciples forget 1971's Paranoid, but it should repair some of the damage caused by later Sabbath albums such as 1978's Never Say Die! - the last time these three men made a record together.
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Produced by manaical fan Rick Rubin, 13 is stocked with songs that should make more than ample placeholders between "War Pigs" and "Iron Man" Thursday; a few, like "Loner" and "Methademic," are much better than that. The reunion "never ceases to amaze me and surprise me," the Ozzman himself told Rocks Off's Nathan Smith last Friday. "It's just great!" CHRIS GRAY