Forget trip-hop, hip-hop, alternative, dance, whatever—Tricky is his own damn genre. This elusive British artist has a made a career out of blending dark, mesmerizing, layered beats with even darker, paranoid lyrics, delivered with disconcerting juxtaposition by sweet-voiced female guest vocalists, or occasionally in his own guttural sing-speak. From his early days in Massive Attack to the breakout success of his 1995 solo debut, Maxinquaye, (which featured the jaw-dropping cover/reinvention of the Public Enemy tune "Black Steel") and onward to a wildly unpredictable millennial trio of albums, Tricky has continually mocked convention while defying categorization. His fierce, taut new album, Knowle West Boy, has been hailed as a return to form, but with Tricky, "form" is a temporary situation. A true musical original with few antecedents and even fewer successors, Tricky simply can't be boxed in. Don't miss the chance to see him push the boundaries of the genre he has created. With the Floacist. 18+.
Sat., March 14, 8 p.m., 2009