There aren't many acts that can bridge the gap between Rock the Bells and the Gathering of the Juggalos, but Tech N9ne is not your average rapper. He looks like an extra from Mortal Kombat, his flow is so fast it seems like his tongue has been bionically enhanced, and when it comes to beats, he's more interested in crunchy nu-metal guitars than glossy synthesizers. By being entirely himself, he's been accepted by a wider cross-section of fans and artists than most rappers could hope for, even though he's been flying under the mainstream's radar for years. But Tech doesn't need the approval—his cult following is large enough to fill just about any venue you'd care to name. With Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock, and Flawless. All ages.
Thu., Nov. 17, 6 p.m., 2011