The five best concerts this weekend

Aaron Thackeray
Celebrate (surviving) the end of the world tonight at Cervantes' with Del the Funky Homosapien.

Welcome to the weekend! The fact that you're reading this right now means that we either all survived the end of the world, or we all misunderstood the Mayans and miscalculated the date of our supposed demise. Whatever the case, we're here, and it's the weekend -- and it's a holiday weekend at that. So apocalypse or no, this is all the reason you need to party like there's no tomorrow. Obviously, there's a ton of shows to choose from, and we've got them all listed in concert calendar if you'd like to sort through them. Otherwise, we've picked the five best concerts below. Keep reading for a full rundown.

See also:
- KTCL Hometown for the Holidays 2012 finalists
- Ryan Tedder/OneRepublic set up victims' fund for Sandy Hook shooting tragedy
- Del The Funky Homosapien on putting more thought into the lyrics for Deltron's new album

When Del the Funky Homosapien burst onto the scene in 1991 with his debut album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, he was considered a weird, eclectic MC. Since he was Ice Cube's cousin, however, hip-hop heads gave him the benefit of the doubt. Long before Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams even thought to embrace the Thrasher nation, Del catered to the skater crowd. Shortly after issuing George, he formed the Hieroglyphics crew, which introduced Souls of Mischief and Casual to the hip-hop world. The MC amassed a loyal following, releasing several underground albums through his own Hiero imprint, in addition to several successful collaborations with the likes of Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030) and Gorillaz.

Emily Driskill
My Body Sings Electirc at last year's Hometown for the Holidays show at Casselman's.

Once again it's on. The finalists have been announced for KTCL's annual Hometown for the Holidays promotion. Although some are understandably loathsome of such battle of the bands types of gigs, Hometown for the Holidays is a great gift to the scene. Is there any other city in the country with a radio station that creates this kind of exposure for its scene, putting no less than ten local acts into rotation for a few weeks? Exactly. Even if a band doesn't win, it wins. And when it wins, it wins big (see 2011's winner, Churchill, which recently joined the roster of Octone Records, and 2010's winner, Air Dubai, which has reportedly inked a deal with Hopeless Records). This year, there are a handful of returning contenders from last year, including My Body Sings Electric, last year's runner-up pictured above, but there are also a bunch of fresh new faces. Tonight at 5 p.m., Nerf will reveal which three bands will compete tomorrow night at Casselman's for the title. Admission is free.

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Ken Romero
Ken Romero

Del was the shit; watching Madlib go to work was amazing... Shout out to A+ of Dilated Peoples

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Madlib is going to be ridiculous later.

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