* O'Leaver's Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road, welcomes back Deleted Scenes Thursday, September 15th. The Washington, D.C.-based indie rock band has seen favorable reviews for both of its albums in multiple outlets, including Pitchfork. The latest album, just released on Sockets Records, earned a 7.8 rating from Pitchfork, which grades on a 10-point scale. The band's bio sheet describes them as "it’s something like the Dismemberment Plan playing underwater. It's weird, rhythmic, and unbelieveably honest." The band also cut a clip with local video crew Love Drunk Studios when they were in town earlier this year. Check that video out at lovedrunkstudio.com.
* Yuppies have scheduled an official release show for their split 12-inch album with UK band Bitches, released earlier this year by Palmist. The show is set for Friday, October 21st at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. and will only be $5. Hominoid and Gus & Call open.
* Lil Wayne's Wednesday night show at the ex-Qwest Center/CenturyLink Center, 455 North 10th St., was proof-positive of the rapper's current status as one of the world's biggest hip-hop act. The entire show was a grab-bag of associated styles, starting with the modern R&B of Lloyd, who worked best he worked in rap verses than when tried for sultry grooves. Far East Movement party-hop flowed from three emcees, who also picked up instruments throughout their set. Think LMFAO-lite done by guys who also have studied the Beastie Boys. Keri Hilson held close to the themes of her 2010 album No Boys Allowed. Her voice powered her through rap moves and slower grooves, too. There are two distinct sides of Hilson, who seems torn between the aspirations of a diva and that of a rap star. The kitsch of her girl power theme mixed oddly with her dirty-girl rap side, coming off at times like Lil Kim fronting the Spice Girls. Rick Ross burst onto the stage with plenty of energy, then dropped the ball after his first few verses. His performance was cut up with breaks and banter; and the sample of his label, Maybach Music, played repeatedly. Lil Wayne straddled all of his identities with a skilled, seasoned performance.