Indie rock just can't keep its hands to itself. After having its way with dance music, indie is lecherously ogling rap, thinking about a world where their babies will be born with both samplers and guitars in their hands...hell, we already live in a world where Jay-Z listens to MGMT and Grizzly Bear. Considering that, it's not so strange that Seattle MC Astronautalis has such close ties to modern rock, partially evidenced by a recent tour opening for Tegan & Sara. Then again, Astro isn't really your run-of-the-mill rapper, switching between reedy singing and a raspy rhyming style that winds its way around skittering, nervous beats like poison ivy. He's had local support from the likes of P.O.S and octet Me & My Arrow, handily bridging whatever gap is left between two thriving Twin Cities scenes and sparking plenty of word-of-mouth buzz in the process. As genre lines disintegrate, artists like Astronautalis are there to make sure that cross-breeding isn't the exception, but the rule. At tonight's show, he will be accompanied by Me & My Arrow. 18+.
Tue., June 1, 8 p.m., 2010