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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tonight in Music: Hellfyre Club

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM


HELLFYRE CLUB: BUSDRIVER, NOCANDO, OPEN MIKE EAGLE, MILO
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) One of the most intriguing underground rap releases of late 2013 was Dorner vs. Tookie, a compilation from the up-and-coming record label/hiphop collective Hellfyre Club. At 17 tracks long, it has its ups and downs—it's a rap comp, after all—but overall, it's packed with enough clever rhymes and left-of-center beats to justify repeated spins. On Tuesday, Hellfyre's four best-known club members will bring their Dorner vs. Tookie tour to the Star Theater, where you can expect to hear plenty of Open Mike Eagle's slacked-out soul flow, Busdriver's mind-bending and tongue-twisting rhymes, Milo's arrhythmic, free-association raps, and Hellfyre founder Nocando's simmering grit-hop. Curious about the state of West Coast art-rap in 2014? Here's your primer. BEN SALMON

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