When they arrived in 1997, art-hoppers Anti-Pop Consortium were a dizzying Pollock splatter of Nuyorican Café verb-spray, blipping outré electronics and retro-future punchlines. After they called it quits in 2003, they were the whipping boys for a hip-hop underground that wanted to rewrite itself as less “weird” and an indie-rock press that was pretending it liked coke rap. Thank God that’s over: APC are reuniting to take those blippy PlayStation beats back from grime and those lightning-fast verses back from Aesop Rock, and play live MPCs like a four-man version of the Star Wars cantina band. No word yet on what their new music will sound like, but it’ll be guaranteed to push whatever boundaries are left since they pushed them last.
Sat., March 22, 8 & 11 p.m., 2008