Kool Keith, Har Mar tonight at the Triple Rock


Sporting the most aliases this side of O.D.B., the most wildly uneven discography since Zappa, and the most revered name in his field since Henry Ford churned out the Model T, Kool Kieth, aka Dr. Octogon, aka Black Elvis, aka Dr. Dooom, will perform tonight at the Triple Rock.

We don't get it, but we sure as hell love it.

As if that weren't enough, he's bringing Har Mar Superstar with him, the Owaonna-born popster who, if you've read our blog, gets the Gime Noise award for most misunderstood artist currently performing.

It's a title that could apply just as well to Kool Keith, whose imagination, lyrical complexity, and impenetrable themes has left audiences scratching their heads and tapping their feet for two decades. Throw Dr. Dooom 2 into your car stereo and see if you can tell us what the hell's going on. We double dog dare you.

But Har Mar's muddled name is less a matter of deliberate effrontery, and more due to an inhospitable press who listens no deeper than the oozing entendres of Sean Tillman's leering stage persona. It's real pop music, if anyone cared to look hard enough--stuff deep enough and good enough to make a splash on any major FM station in the country.

Tillmann of course doesn't do his legitimacy any favors by constantly playing the hipster fool. But when you're a hirsute balding white man trying to make it in the pop world, a little gimmickry isn't just pardonable--it's mandatory. Put another way--one man's shtick is another man's hustle.

18+. 9:00 P.M. $20.00. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.