Rock & Pop

Busdriver/Metasota/Smokescreen/Bliss Nova

When: Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. 2016

Long a staple on the indie hip-hop circuit, Busdriver has captivated his audience and his contemporaries for years. His albums, all 10 of them, are eye-opening rap odysseys, and that’s not a misnomer; Busdriver’s music is visual. He’s an imaginative lyricist, dwelling in metaphor and onomatopoeia more often than not. His most recent album is good (ca. 2014), but the best entry point is 2005’s Fear of a Black Tangent. That one sees him at his most inventive and his most political. Cue up “Unemployed Black Astronaut” ASAP. You’ll never hear another rap song like that one. Busdriver is a master of lyrical acrobatics and warp-speed metaphor. Also: Islands are in town tonight, too. (See below.) Who’s hosting the late-night “Where There’s a Will There’s a Whalebone” collab? (Eric Sandy)

Price: $10 ADV, 13 DOS

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