Busdriver is the schizo-party IDM rap of LA's Regan Farquhar, an experimental lyricist who shoots off rapid fire lyrics like an avant-garde Gift of Gab or some long-lost member of the Bay Area's boldly innovative Anticon collective.
The MC actually has real ties to that group, collaborating with Anticon duo Themselves in 2009, a partnership that mirrored his prolific output in the '10s, pumping out six albums on as many labels while working with everyone from The Unicorns (now Islands), CocoRosie, and Deerhoof to producers Daedelus and Boom Bip. His seventh full-length, Beaus$Eros, "his most personal and avant-garde work yet," was released Monday, and the artist is kicking off a tour here in the Northwest, with one stop in Portland before he hits the Tractor this Friday (2/17) with Canadian indie hip-hop act Buck 65, Metal Chocolates, and Sadistik.
Tell me, how often does a bill like this roll through Ballard's infamous honky-tonk? If you like the gritty beats of hometown heroes Shabazz Palaces or the sonic textures of Subtle, here's your place to be Friday. Check out "No Blacks No Jews No Asians" here and the seizure-inducing visuals in "Kiss Me Back To Life" here: