Gig Alert: The Slab Tonight At The Lounge On Elm Street
Also on the bill are Drama Tha King, Madam Ice, Jesse Flamez, John E. Specs and DJ Fishr Price. As expected from Vigilante by now, it's a good mix of underground/indie hip-hop, commercial-leaning rap and a DJ who knows how to bring those worlds together.
As for Sore Losers, their just-posted free and wildly diverse mixtape Free Loaders: The Soundtrack shows they can bridge all those worlds and then some, and represents a leap of progress from the promise of their earlier party-ready electro/dance tracks. It's is a multi-personality collection of autobiographical revelation, philosophy and juvenile jokes over soul-, rock-, 8-bit- and synthed-up dance-influenced production. Plus, starting it with the image of a homeless man digging through a Dumpster--over production that sounds like a collabo between the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tom Waits and oxycodone--is a bold stroke. Hopefully tonight's show will likewise be a mix of party anthems like the great "Bizarre Celebrations" and thoughtful rhymes.