I dare anyone to find an odder assortment of acts than the package coming through the region tonight.
Doomtree Collective at Hailey's
This tour is the first time that all nine members of Minneapolis' hip-hop Doomtree Collective have toured together. Featuring the talents of P.O.S., Dessa and seven other fine MCs and DJs, tonight's show promises to be one the feature musical events of the year. If you read my earlier conversation with P.O.S., you will know that he is not your typical rapper in any way, shape or form. And Dessa's most recent effort, A Badly Broken Code, is one of the best hip-hop releases of 2010. Tonight's performance will be fluid and random as each member of the collective will alternate taking the lead with the rest serving as capable backup. So get there early and enjoy the entire experience.
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Matt Costa and Everest at The Cambridge Room
Indie folk singer-songwriter Matt Costa is the kind of guy you just want to take home to meet the family. Earnest without taking himself too seriously, Costa has created a body of work that basically defines the phrase "fan friendly." Mobile Chateau, Costa's recently released third album, is another fine example of solid melodies backing semi-poetic lyrics. Blending '80s new wave with '60s retro jangle, Costa creates mood music that is always in a fairly good mood. It's not an easy task, but one Costa manages with wit and relaxed ease.
Jeffree Star, Dev and It Boys at The Loft
Jeffree Star, aka Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, is a transgendered DJ, singer-songwriter, fashion designer and model from Los Angeles. The self-described "Internet celebrity" has turned cross dressing into some sort of cottage industry. Star's debut, ahem, full-length, Plastic Surgery Slumber Party, came out in 2007 and featured such "hits" as "Straight Boys" and "We Want Cunt." Since then, he/she has released two more albums of kitschy electro-pop topped with self-indulgently controversial lyrics. Star can occasionally be humorous (see the single "Love Rhymes with Fuck You"), but most of the time comes across as just another whack-job with a lot of friends on MySpace. Could be a fun show though.
Beneath The Sky, Full Blown Chaos and Knights of the Abyss at Trees
Yet another metal band from Ohio, Beneath the Sky actually mixes some down-to-earth harmonies into its typical full-on assault. The band's most recent effort, In Loving Memory, is another balls-to-the-wall collection of painful recollections such as "Sorry I'm Lost" and "Terror Starts at Home." Not exactly subtle, but metal rarely aims for such. Florida's Full Blown Chaos and Arizona's Knights of the Abyss will certainly prepare the audience for Beneath the Sky's harmonious roar.