Detroit rapper Danny Brown once recorded a mixtape with G-Unit roughneck Tony Yayo. He also claims Love's Forever Changes as his favorite album of all time. This (ostensible) paradox goes a long way toward explaining why Brown is one of the more unusual figures in music today. XXX, from 2011, was his breakout, and deservedly so — it's one of the best, most consistent rap releases of the past few years. But follow-up Old is due late this summer, and much of the material Brown's been debuting recently (including the ironically explosive "Kush Coma") suggests it could actually be an improvement over its excellent predecessor. At any rate, we know the 32-year-old is on his shit right now. With Tumblr lightning-rod Kitty, a.k.a. the self-proclaimed "rap game Taylor Swift." 18+.
Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., 2013