The story of how the four brothers in Pretty Ricky — Corey “Slick’em” Mathis, Ala Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith, “Spectacular” Blue Smith, and Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper — chose its name tells you everything you need to know about the kind of music they make.
“Pretty Ricky” is the name of a character in the ’90s sitcom Martin, who dressed like a dandy. The brothers — who all share the same father but have different mothers — were slick dressers, too, going so far as to wear fur in the summer, a move that earned them the nickname “Pretty Ricky” from their female classmates in high school.
From the get-go, the foursome’s crunk-distilled R&B tunes made waves, and “Grind With Me,” the first single from their 2005 album Bluestars, peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and is now certified gold. After dropping four albums, Pretty Ricky went on hiatus for three years, reappearing in February 2015 with the seductive slow jam “Puddles.”
Since then, they’ve been working on another album with production by Rico Love. Its lead single, the brothers say, will be a track called “What That Mouth Do,” featuring Laguna Niguel rapper Yung Motif.
At 8 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St. $15-$25; theregencyballroom.com
Though classical Indian musician Rajeev Taranath got his start singing for All India Radio, in later years, the 84-year-old has focused solely on the sarod. The north Indian string instrument is a central focus in his multi-layered ragas, and by the time Taranath turned 70, he had won a handful of national awards for them, including one from the national performing arts academy Sangeet Natak Akademi. The multi-lingual musician — who can speak up to eight languages — taught at the California Institute of Arts in Southern California for 10 years, but has since moved back to Mysore, India.
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. $20-$22; thefreight.org
Shiba San is an OG house DJ in France who’s been making music for almost two decades, but who only branched out as a solo artist in 2013. His tunes are bassy thumpers imbued with the playfulness of Chicago house and the intricacies of Detroit techno. “Okay,” his 2014 breakthrough hit, is a trancey dance number with bouncy rhythms and slithering synths, and it earned him the respect of Dirtybird founder Claude VonStroke, who released the song on his label and put Shiba San on the bill for this year’s Dirtybird BBQ in Las Vegas.
Perhaps his best track to date is 2015’s dancefloor scorcher “Burn Like Fire,” which features a beat that sounds like a basketball player showing off his dribbling skills. Here’s hoping he plays that at his upcoming show by the Phoenix Hotel’s pool. Just try not to get too hot while dancing — only hotel guests are allowed to swim.
At noon – 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at the Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St. $20-$35; eventbrite.com
If you thought people didn’t mosh at hip-hop shows, you’ve obviously never been to a Ho99o9 show.
The New Jersey duo is known for riling crowds up, which makes sense given the raucous nature of their tunes. In Ho99o9’s fifth and most recent album, United States of Horror, the band covers a litany of musical styles, often jumping from one genre to the next with each track. “City Rejects,” a manic, fast-paced crossover thrash number, is followed by “Hydrolics,” a buzzy, distorted rap song featuring trap-inspired beats.
There’s seemingly no rhyme or reason behind the album’s disparate sounds, but there’s a frenetic energy that ties them all together, and a grimy, lo-fi sheen dominates the production. Ho99o9 has a wide fan base, too, having played at the Gathering of the Juggalos and headlined Afropunk Festival.
At 9 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at the Independent, 628 Divisadero St. $13-$15; theindependentsf.com
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