The third Thursday of each month sees the Dinkytowner host Last of the Record Buyers, a rare chance for hip-hop producers to meet and display their wares for those who still actually care about thoughtfully crafted beats, especially of the vinyl-derived sort (at least in spirit). This month's show is a platform for local beatmaster Big Cats!, whose second LP, Sleep Tapes, will be made available. Although true to its title, the new disc is far from groggy, as BC! lays down track after track of atmospheric, persuasive soundscapes that haunt and reveal like a powerful dream. So while it's possible that bringing a pillow might result in the best sleep you've had in years, it's more likely you'll want to stay awake for a possible glimpse at or suggestion of how someone can capture the feeling of a fresh dream on disc. Last night a DJ saved my life, and then I woke up. 18+.
Thu., June 19, 9 p.m., 2008