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Wet, Kilo Kish, Hana Vu

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Kilo Kish takes an expansive approach to pop. Info/tix

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Kilo Kish, real name Lakisha Robinson, has built a fluid universe around a vocal style that skips between silky hooks and prickly cadences. Robinson's experience in fashion design and art enriches the music itself, both in her sonic choices and in the visual accompaniments she creates for her music. She's directed or co-directed all her own music videos so far, and the best are surreal and daring: For "Locket," from the 2014 EP Across, she portrays herself listlessly enduring a party in a cheerful apartment, and at one point packing peanuts begin to rain down. The video for "Elegance,"[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuBbsHb8ya4] from 2018's Mothe EP, follows Robinson on a debauched night out with a group of people in wacked-out animal costumes. Both videos have a narrative backbone and lead Robinson to moments of solitary reflection. And then there's the one for "Existential Crisis Hour," from 2016's album Reflections In Real Time, a sort of long dark food fight of the soul. These aren't just novel videos, but fitting accompaniments for the ambitions in Kilo Kish's actual music, where elements of R&B, hip-hop, shimmery electronic music, and impeccable pop instincts combine to give us the simmering melancholy of "Taking Responsibility" and the gnarly but stately "San Pedro." Robinson is just tricky enough to pin down that it's taken her a while to get the recognition she deserves, despite some higher-profile collaborations, including several tracks over the years that find her sparring playfully with Vince Staples ("remember how we used to fight in pre-K?"). But it's worth taking the time to unpack her delightfully head-scratching solo work. —Scott Gordon

Later Event: March 15
Mutual Appreciation (free)