Rolling in to the Nectar Lounge about an hour and a half after its doors opened, the Fremont venue immediately struck me as surprisingly empty. For a while fans were sparse, no doubt holed up thanks to the threats of inclement weather that, as of the post-show drive home, amounted to little more than a few miniature flakes. But as the club filled, and Sol and Grynch and Candidt played their energetic sets dotted with new material (Sol's Yours Truly and Grynch's Timeless EP are both due out this spring) and guest appearances (from the likes of Dice and State of the Artist), it seemed the threat of snow wasn't going to win out over the music after all.
Joined onstage by a keyboardist and drummer in addition to his DJ, Detroit producer/MC Black Milk didn't limit himself to material from his recent, ambitiously titled Album of the Year. And though his increasingly impressive rap skills stood the test of a live performance, the real show-stealer came from the forward-leaning drum kit; these live drums hit as hard and crisp as they do on the produced album, and if that doesn't speak to the blaps Black Milk is capable of, it's hard to say what could. It may not have been a sellout, but those who braved the weather clearly did so out of love--and between the local artists in attendance and fans bobbing to near every hi-hat crash, it was a low key party.