Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman

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Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. 2016
Wonder Ballroom Eliot (Portland)
$18 - $20
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Ian Bavitz, more popularly known by his rap moniker Aesop Rock, might just be one of the best white dude rappers around. Armed with his characteristically deep-pocket vocabulary and a new sense of vulnerability, his latest effort, The Impossible Kid, touches on the realities of living with anxiety and depression. In the recently released video for "Lazy Eye," Bavitz raps while navigating the cluttered and appropriately weird hallways of Portland's Peculiarium (an oddities museum that used to somewhat-famously feature an ice cream sundae topped with live worms). The video doesn't quite incite fear, but it does provide a fitting backdrop for the song, and further Aesop Rock's career, which is best described as a mixed bag. Whether it's been collaborating with cult-following folk legends like John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, sampling funk, or peppering the listener with abstract and complex lyrics, Aesop Rock has taught us to expect one thing: the unexpected. JENNA FLETCHER

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128 NE Russell Portland, OR 97212 Venue website

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