Is there an alternative rapper more neurotically self-conscious about being an alternative rapper than Busdriver? The Angeleno's nerdlinger verbosity at Twista speeds is comic, even perversely compelling as music on his eighth studio album, Jhelli Beam, where he rhymes "anal beads" with "Dane Cook's table reads," jokes that "my records only get released in Anchorage, Alaska," and sing-raps a syllable per note to the third movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11, on "Me-Time (with the Pulmonary Palimpsest)," which sounds like Busta Rhymes singing Gilbert and Sullivan's Major-General's song. Dude never lets you forget his whimsy costs him a big rap career, but comes catchiest in celebration, bringing giddy live drums to what sounds like a tribute to his band: "some piccolos and cutlery and thermoses and fashionistas with jumpsuits and congos." Openers include fellow Project Blowed alum Abstract Rude, who released his own recent album, Rejuvenation, on the Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers label, and Open Mike Eagle. 18+.
Mon., Sept. 7, 9 p.m., 2009