Hi there—if you found me here, you likely remember that yes I do "still write the column in The Stranger," so thanks for that, because most of my friends don't. (Not mad—it's easy to forget that anyone's been doing the same thing for so long.) That in mind, I'll do us both a favor and skip my usual ripped-from-last-week's-headlines bullshit.
Keepers of the faith will want to know that Living Legends stalwarts the Grouch & Eligh are coming to Neumos on Thursday, February 27, with Swollen Members' Madchild, Pigeon John, plus DJs Fresh (whose work I know from his collab album with the Jacka) and Abilities (who we all know from his work with the late great Eyedea).
A more contemporary California indie-rap champ, Dom Kennedy, is bringing his Get Home Safely Tour over to the Showbox at the Market on Sunday, March 2, with Angeleno growler Skeme riding shotgun. Kennedy's humanist superfly-everyguy rap and steady stream of releases have made him a verifiable underground star, and—as seems to be the best way these days—all without the assist of a label, be it major, minor, or in-between. God bless the rapper that got his own.