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Open Mike Eagle, Sammus, Kosha Dillz

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The Open Mike Eagle of today is a different rapper than the who released Unapologetic Art Rap back in 2010. He's since traded abrasive electronic beats for gently deconstructed instrumentals, and his lyricism now seems to be less at odds with the present and more focused on unraveling the past. On each single from his new album Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (particularly" 95 Radios"), the LA-based MC looks back tenderly, letting memories from all over his life come and go like waves on a gentle bay. Sammus, supporting him on this bill, also structures her music around the past, but in ways that are a little more literal. On each track, the Philly-based rapper looks back and looks hard at times good and bad, and each song, therefore, depends on what moment in time she's looking at. When she glances back towards youthful summer days gone by, the result is "Childhood," a track loaded with slow cadences, tons of references and candy-sweet guitar licks. Looking back on adolescence and adulthood, however, leads to "Song About Sex," a song that's as much about discovering feminine sexuality as it is about rebelling against the more dangerous forms of masculinity. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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