‘Shortcuts’ w/ El-P+Despot


One of the original architects behind the noisy, confrontational hip-hop records espoused by the likes of Odd Future, Company Flow rapper and producer El-P also deserves credit for putting on some of the most engaging hip-hop concerts. Maybe it’s his enthusiasm, maybe it’s the sonic bass booms that rattle him across the stage, or maybe it’s just the way he’s always in motion, but El-P has a certain intangible quality that makes him a born MC. Tonight, he’s celebrating the release of his third proper, uh, LP, Cancer for Cure, which boasts guest spots by members of Interpol and Islands, as well as tonight’s opener, rapper Despot.

Mon., May 21, 8 p.m., 2012