Aesop Rock

Ian Matthias Bavitz's irresistible egghead wordplay and abrasive, gravelly bark made him a a centerpiece of underground hip hop, even though he was a scrawny Jewish kid from Long Island. His acclaimed label, Def Jux, packed up shop last year, but thankfully that hasn't slowed him down one bit: tonight, he performs with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, with whom he has a new rap group called Hail Mary Mallon, and more surprisingly, indie-folk singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who heavily features his exceptional rhymes on her upcoming new album.
Sat., May 14, 9 p.m., 2011

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