GOING DEF: We knew DJ YeahDef was cool three years ago, when he busted out his grandfather's old learn-Italian tapes during a study session at his tiny Denton apartment. "What do you do here all day?" we asked. "I make beats," the skinny real-deal Italian said. Now he rounds up beats like a shepherd -- funk, chiptune, wiggle-worm bass, whatever -- with his hip-hop series at Rubber Gloves. Tonight: Johnny Moog, Hawatha, Prince William, and TyCity, 9PM.
RAW ADVICE: A diet of seeds, nuts, fruits and uncooked fresh veggies can seem squirrely, but it's hard to cook up an arguement with raw food advocates who've dropped half their weight on the plan. Theresa Wohlfeld teaches seekers how to make smoothies, ice cream, and other law-abiding treats while discussing the intricacies of the raw food diet at Park Cities Yoga tonight for free. 7:15PM.
KING JAMES: James Taylor has been humbly candid about the impact other people's songs have had on his abiding popularity. His latest, Covers, sees the singer-songwriter interpreting songs like "Hound Dog" and "Suzanne." That takes some tenure. Read this throwback Rolling Stone interview from 1979 for perspective before his gig at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 8PM.