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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tonight in Music: A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Harlem's A$AP Rocky blew up in 2011, going from relative unknown to signing a $3 million deal with Sony/RCA on the strength of two viral videos ("Purple Swag" and "Pe$o") and the subsequent LiveLoveA$AP mixtape. In 2012, he has released exactly one good song ("Goldie"), and his A$AP Mob entourage's recently released Lord$ Never Worry—surprisingly good for a posse album—featured Rocky getting thoroughly out-rapped by his cohorts. This doesn't matter, though, as the addition of LA's sharp-flowing ScHoolboy Q and Detroit bruiser/hybrid Danny Brown makes this bill one of the best in high-powered, big-name modern rap to come through town in a while. The thought of a live rendition of A$AP Rocky's "Brand New Guy" with Q actually there to deliver his legendary "What this popcorn about?" verse should be enough to get some away from Netflix on the couch. MIKE RAMOS Also see My, What a Busy Week!

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) You mean to tell me Lord Huron isn't from the Pacific Northwest? Bandleader Ben Schneider actually makes his home in Los Angeles, after moving there from North Michigan a couple years back. Makes sense. Lord Huron's music recalls some of the chamber-pop folkiness that our fair city likes to dress up for, but there's also more of an eccentric bent to it that screams LA. Never mind the fact that Schneider likes to be referred to as "Lord" in interviews; his music contains ghostly choruses, occasional electronic flourishes, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms (at least on 2010's Mighty EP) that pull it out of Dust Bowl predictability. Basically, there are a lot of great moments in Lord Huron's otherwise unchallenging tunes. Sometimes that's all folks need. MARK LORE


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