One of the most appealing things about the Queens rapper Action Bronson is that when he raps about cracked pepper--as he does on his terrific debut album, Dr. Lecter--he's not using the phrase as a metaphor for gunpowder or cocaine. Dude's talking about seasoning. A former professional chef, Bronson describes food with the kind of detail other MCs use to address drugs, violence, or the desire to stab Bruno Mars in his "goddamn esophagus." And like the best dinner party hosts, he exudes a warmly inclusive vibe that feels especially welcome in the Age of Odd Future. Break bread with the guy tonight, and you won't leave hungry.
Fri., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., 2011