If you haven't prepared, do so now. El-P headlines a show of indie hip hop that's sure to assault your ears and your sensibilities. Brooklyn-based El-P doesn't relent on much of anything, and the punch he packs is sure to wallop you back to the days when you were just as passionate (read: pissed off) as he still is. Whether it's getting into rap feuds or dropping one of the most critically acclaimed underground rap albums of 2007 (I'll Sleep When You're Dead), El-P spits rhymes like there's no tomorrow. And at base, that's really what it's all about. In a more-than-opener role, Dizzee Rascal brings his brand of off-beat rapid-speed grime in support of his new record, just released on El-P's Definitive Jux label, titled Maths + English. Are you ready? With Busdriver. 21+.
Fri., May 16, 9 p.m., 2008