Every so often there are great opportunities to step outside your musical safety zone--and tonight at Neumos, L.A.-based MC (and son of Krush Groove screenwriter Ralph Farquhar) Busdriver's experimental, electro-rap certainly qualifies. From this week's Short List:
Though at times his delivery is stylistically syncopated, just as often the lines are desperately exclaimed as if they're on the verge of disappearing. And the beats come off as equally frantic, making for a bizarre experience that lies so far outside mainstream rap that it appeals to listeners who would otherwise steer clear of hip-hop entirely. With lyrics raining down in torrents, it may take a few listens to piece together all the pop-culture references and out-there rhymes--but that's part of Busdriver's appeal.
That said, you may want to get a head start--and, luckily, his latest project Computer Cuties is available for free download. The show starts at 8 p.m., costs $10, and includes support from Dark Time Sunshine, Katie Kate, Night Fox, and DJ Swervewon.