ZuluZuluu's Astral Beat Series

Oct. 27
10 p.m.
Nov. 3
10 p.m.
Nov. 11
11 p.m.
Nov. 23
10 p.m.
Electro Pop, Experimental, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Soul

One of the most exciting groups in the Twin Cities right now, ZULUZULUU is a collaboration of established solo artists. The band — who, as they told City Pages earlier this year, “try to focus our music towards empowerment, being socially conscious, and being aware of inequities and speaking out” — generated buzz with live shows before finally releasing their debut album, June’s What’s the Price? While their sound is not easily categorized, they do warrant comparisons to other inventive artists — George Clinton’s groundbreaking funk, Prince & Co.’s Minneapolis Sound, and Shabazz Palaces’ abstract rap. Album highlights include the band’s cover of Syreeta’s Stevie Wonder-penned “Black Maybe” and the especially funky “Fades.” Thursday marks the start of the group’s month-long Astral Beat series at Icehouse, which is slated to feature special guests and be “an exploration of sonic innovations” with “new dimensions of sound each week.” Proper-T serves as the featured ZULUZULUU member for the first show, to be followed by MMYYKK, Greg Grease, and the full band for the second, third, and fourth shows.