Tuesday, April 8

SAUL WILLIAMS @ Irving Plaza - 4/9

Slam poet, actor, musician and all-around Renaissance man Saul Williams will be coming to NYC this week at Irving Plaza. You probably know his music from the undeniably catchy "List of Demands" from the latest prime time SPARQ commercial featuring basically every important Nike-sponsored athlete, but his music cuts much deeper than hocking medicine balls. His latest record The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust was produced by none other than Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and spans all types of music. Anybody who can get samples cleared form the likes of Bono and Beck must be doing something right. Tackling social issues in many walks of life on this crazy Earth of ours is a task many attempt but some, like Williams do much better than others. Sometimes it takes brass medicine balls to do it. Open your mind and see him this Wednesday in lower Manhattan. Otherwise, rent the movie Slam to see what we're talking about.

Saul's Website | Saul's MySpace

RIYL: The Last Poets, Public Enemy, The Dirtbombs, KRS-One

Here is NIN and Saul performing 'List of Demands'