Concerts

The five best concerts this week: December 3-7

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5. KREAYSHAWN @ FOX THEATRE | WEDS, 12/5/12 Kreayshawn (aka Natassia Zolot) got a video camera at age ten and started making and editing her own videos for several years before formally trying her hand at music. Although she's a high school dropout, Kreayshawn landed a scholarship to study film at the Berkeley Digital Film Institute. During that time, she started making videos for artists based in and around San Francisco, including Lil B. In 2010, Kreayshawn began releasing her music to a wider audience, and her second single, the ultra-catchy "Gucci Gucci" became a surprise hit that spring. For her 2012 debut full-length, Somethin 'Bout Kreay, she brought in collaborators such as Kid Cudi and Diplo. She's become a subject of some controversy for her lyrics and cultural appropriation, imagined and otherwise, but Kreayshawn's rhymes are, at worst, playfully raunchy.

4. NOFX @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | FRI, 12/7/12 Not much has changed about NOFX in the past twenty years -- including Fat Mike's unmistakable whiny voice. Still kicking out California-style pop punk with a hearty political bent (and a little more oomph than many of their counterparts), these guys have managed to tour and release records successfully while giving the finger to the media, becoming increasingly political and not changing their style. Catering to teenagers while in their forties may seem like an anomaly, but Fat Mike and company are still selling out shows every time they tour. It's possible that the whole reason the act has managed to stick around for so long is that it never fell into the trap of taking itself too seriously.

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