Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson is a freak folkie who has, with the Moldy Peaches, flirted with rap; Aesop Rock is a densely wordy rapper with an open channel to indie rock audiences (and singer/songwriters like John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats). Both artists can be raw and self-revealing, but from opposite angles: Dawson’s acoustic songs tend to be frank, silly, and intimate, while Aesop’s are knotty as hell, personal demons rendered in aggressively abstract torrents over knocking boom bap and disorienting, swirling samples. Aesop’s latest project, Hail Mary Mallon, finds him teaming with fellow MC Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz; scant Youtube footage suggests more of the same, if slightly mellowed in tempo and leavened by a sort of bantering MCs humor. Tonight, expect new material from that team-up, solo sets from both Dawson and Aesop, and some collaborations between the two. With Rob Sonic, DJ Wiz. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., June 11, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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