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Picks for the week of August 27 - September 2, 2008

Steel Pulse
Friday Aug. 29
1011 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz


ONE OF THE MOST vocally limber MCs in history, E-40 burst onto the scene with the unimpeachable 1992 debut Federal. E-40's tales of street life have always been laid out in such a distinctive, tongue-twisting style that it's shocking he doesn't earn the respect he truly deserves, considering the influence he has had on Bay Area hip-hop in the past decade. Not only has E-40's tough but humorously self-aware sensibility served as the inspiration for the burgeoning hyphy movement of the past few years, but his Möbius-strip flow is an inescapable influence for any motor-mouthed MC entering the game.

Sunday Aug. 31
Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View

Metal Masters Tour

WHILE THE LEGACY of Judas Priest certainly extends beyond Ron Halford's coming out of the closet, the synthesizing punk rocker known as Atom and His Package immortalized the significance of that event in a song called "Hats off to Halford." "When Rob Halford came out of the closet, it may not have been a big thing," sings Package, "Well, today we're one step closer to hearing the metal dudes sing, 'I wanna be, I wanna be a homosexual.'" Join Judas Priest for their "Metal Masters Tour," which also includes Heaven and Hell, Motorhead and Testament.

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