You may have noticed that tickets to most club shows are costing a lot less lately. In fact, they're actually closer to the advertised price of the ticket, now that Peabody's, the Beachland, the Grog Shop, and Musica are using TicketWeb instead of Ticketmaster for their shows. You're still paying for confusing, wallet-draining "services" that should just be included in the original ticket price, but "the fees are significantly less," says Peabody's Chris Zitterbart.
Used to be, 60 percent of every ticket's price was soaked up by service fees, he says. "Now it's only $2 or $4 per ticket." Where Ticketmaster pretty much has a stranglehold on arena-sized shows, TicketWeb is targeted at smaller venues. Ticketmaster now owns TicketWeb, but "it feels like a separate company," says Zitterbart. "It has Ticketmaster's resources if we need them."
Peabody's switched to TicketWeb a few months ago, around the same time the hard-rock and metal club starting selling tickets at five local Arabicas. Um, wait a sec ... I can buy a ticket to the Feargrinder show at the same place I get my caramel macchiato and talk with the barista about All Things Considered?
"It gets us out there to people who may not be looking at our events," says Zitterbart. "They might like Twista." Of course, you still won't dodge those service fees entirely: Arabica charges an extra $2 per ticket. Want to get the cheapest possible ticket for a local club show? Go to the box office, where a $15.95 ticket will cost you ... $15.95.
The super-cool Chicago label Numero Group just released a three-song 12-inch EP by Doc Rhymin', a Cleveland rapper from back in the day we bet you don't know. So get your bragging rights ready: The three cuts on Doc Rhymin' 12" were never released before. The label thinks the songs were intended for a 1987 maxi-cassette (remember those, old-schoolers?) from the long-gone Boddie Recording Company.
Even more mysterious: Nobody's really sure who's behind Doc Rhymin'. One thing's for sure: The dude listened to a lot of early Def Jam. Doc Rhymin's style is straight outta mid-'80s N.Y.C., and his 808 beats are from the budget-conscious side of town. Still, pretty cool stuff if you're into obscure old-school hip-hop.
If you haven't downloaded Mick Boogie's new mixtape yet, head over to mickboogie.com/summertime2 right now. Like last year's sunny seasonal mix, Summertime 2 is a collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff that sounds perfect for blasting at the pool, on the beach, or in your sweet-ass ride as you're cruising down the street. It kicks off with the soft acoustic intro to the Isley Brothers' version of "Summer Breeze" before slamming into a full-blown block party with jams by De La Soul, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, and Steve Winwood. We're gonna be listening to this one for the next six weeks.