Themselves

Thursday, July 23

As the pioneering label Anticon celebrates its 10-year anniversary, it’s only fitting that standard bearers Themselves should return to action as well. And return they have with the no-cost mixtape theFREEhoudini, featuring everyone from Buck 65 to Busdriver to Aesop Rock. It’s a family affair, sure, but it highlights the Beat-damaged, endlessly refracted take on hip-hop that brought the mohawked MC Doseone and the cunning producer Jel to cult acclaim back when they were known as Them. Since then, they’ve made a serious name for Themselves while also bringing their cryptic gifts to the full-band realm with the screwy ensemble Subtle and the Notwist collaboration 13 & God. Mixtape aside, there’s a new and proper Themselves album on the horizon, and this string of West Coast dates to warm us up for it. After more than a decade at it, Doseone and Jel can be relied upon to whip up jagged creations that drag us into their world like so much quicksand. With Linda & Ron’s Dad, Filkoe176, DJs Wd4d and Introcut.

Thu., July 23, 9 p.m., 2009

 
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