Over the past decade, Dutch-born producer Nicolay, a.k.a. Matthijs Rook, has been linked up with North Carolina MC Phonte for the Foreign Exchange, a project rooted in puristic hip hop yet tinted with down-tempo electronica and liquid R&B. But now, Nic, behind keyboards and synthesizers, is also making the rounds with Raleigh-based jazz trio the Hot at Nights, whose improv-heavy, occasionally near-psychedelic output is highlighted by Matt Douglas's sax stabs and Chris Boerner's eight-string ax-slinging. Following a short set of tracks from the Nights' beautifully recorded Nice Talk LP, the pair's recent shows have included material off everything from Nicolay's solo City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya to their collaborative Shibuya Session EP, not to mention covers of Sufjan Stevens's "Come On! Feel the Illinoise!" and Joe Jackson's New Wave smash "Steppin' Out." 18+.
Mon., July 9, 8 p.m., 2012