Hip-hop heads perusing the liner notes to the Roots’ recent Undun might have wondered about Questlove’s co-producer on the track “Sleep.” Known professionally as Hot Sugar, he’s Nick Koenig, a self-described “associative music” maker who uses the ambient sounds of New York City to create whimsical yet propulsive beats that feel like an updated version of mid-’90s stuff by the Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark. In May, Hot Sugar released a likable little EP, Moon Money, and tonight, he and a crew of promised “special guests” headline the latest installment of Last.fm’s Live in NYC series.
Fri., Aug. 17, 9 p.m., 2012

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