If there's one thing that's consistent about Buck 65, it's his inconsistency. He'll pick up a persona — needle-voiced surrealist basement rapper (Vertex); beathead Tom Waits (Talkin' Honky Blues); gravelly chronicler of a '50s beat generation transgressiveness (Situation); electronic indie-pop collaborator (Bike for Three!'s More Heart Than Brains) — and sidestep to parts elsewhere once the impression's been made, storing but never discarding the accumulated phases along the way. Last year's Polaris-nominated 20 Odd Years takes stock of Richard Terfry's years in the art, and all those aforementioned elements coalesce into a work that still has room for new twists — smoky-cabaret guest spots from the likes of Jenn Grant and Olivia Ruiz, a stark, faithful cover of Leonard Cohen's "Who by Fire," and one of Buck's most pop-friendly rap tracks to date — one about a zombie apocalypse, no less. With Busdriver and So Gold. 18+
Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., 2012
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