Tonight’s Concert Picks: Das Racist at Union Transfer, Lord Huron at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Jackie Roman
Postmodern hiphop outfit Das Racist made a splash a few years back with their bizarre, clever, infectious blog smash “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” (Not familiar? Give it a listen and try to get it unstuck from your head.) The group has kept plugging away, getting profiled by The New Yorker in 2010 (where its band name was clarified – “‘Das’ is a slurred ‘That’s,’ not the German article”) and releasing its first official full-length, Relax, last year. Its continuing tour in support of Relax brings Das Racist to Union Transfer tonight; the all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $15, tickets and information are available here. Below, check out “Michael Jackson” from Relax.

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Mad Decent Block Party 2011 lineups announced, Diplo and Das Racist to play Philly

Diplo and the Mad Decent crew have announced the details for this summer’s four-city Mad Decent Block Party tour. The traveling festival is set to stop in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and LA between July 30th and August 20th. The Philly festivities will take place on August 6th in front of the Starlight Ballroom, located at 460 N. 9th Street. Each free, all-ages party will feature an entirely different lineup, along with surprise guests, food, and carnival games. Headlining in Philadelphia will be hometown hero Diplo and the always entertaining rap group Das Racist.

Check out a trailer for 2010’s Philly Block Party below, as well as the dates and lineups for all four of the 2011 cities.

MDBP 2010 Philadelphia Teaser from Mad Decent on Vimeo.

July 30th: New York, NY @ the South Street Seaport – Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend) (DJ set), the Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, PO PO

August 6th: Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom – Diplo, Das Racist, PO PO, DJ Sega, Brick Bandits, Paul Devro, Kito, Luvstep (Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix)

August 13th: Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park area – Dillon Francis, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Bosco Delrey, Reptar, Lunice,?DJ Benzi

August 20th: Los Angeles, CA @ Premiere Event Center – Major Lazer, Lunice, Sinden, Bosco Delrey, Death Grips, Kito, Derek Allen, Jillionaire