• The lineup of free shows Converse is putting on at Slim's looks nuts. Headliners include Deltron 3030, Hot Chip, Quicksand, and Suicidal Tendences. Mastodon, Rocket From the Crypt, and Metz will be in there from June 23-27, too. Unfortunately, if you didn't sign up for tickets by June 18, you probably won't get in.
• Have you checked out Radio Silence yet? This nonprofit Oakland magazine publishes famed writers on literature and rock 'n' roll, donates books and musical instruments to schools, and puts on events. Last weekend, famed critic Greil Marcus gathered with Eleanor Friedberger and Thao Nguyen to talk about the influence of Buddy Holly for a one-of-a-kind night.
• Sonny Smith, of local rockers Sonny and the Sunsets, interviewed a local psychic. And since we like weirdness, we published it. Did you know your soul can be in multiple places at a time, and that we're constantly surrounded by ghosts? We didn't either.
• Darondo, a once-forgotten hero of Bay Area soul who lived a colorful life, died at 67. Best known for moody hit "Didn't I," Darondo recorded recently with local rhythm section the Park and played Outside Lands in 2009. Though known for luxe living and having plenty of ladies around in his heyday, the man born William Daron Pulliam always denied being a pimp.
• In a video interview with DJ Vlad, rapper V-Nasty said the much-discussed White Girl Mob is over. The crew rose to prominence on the strength of Kreayshawn's hit "Gucci Gucci." Now Kreay-Kreay is pregnant and alienated from former friends V-Nasty and Lil Debbie.
• A report says the BottleRock festival in Napa still owes more than $630,000 to 142 workers who helped run the stages — a delay that "never happens" in the industry, according to one union rep. Organizers say they're having cash flow problems and plan to pay the workers soon.