After hosting the release party for El-P’s Cure 4 Cancer, Shortcuts—the not-quite monthly True Panther Sounds boss Dean Bein and rappers Heems and Despot throw in the Santos basement—is back, bringing budding D.C. Rapper Fat Trel into the city for his biggest New York show to date. Still sleeping on Washington hip-hop? Start with Trel’s Lex Luger–produced banger “Respect With the Teck,” then download his recent Nightmare on E Street mixtape and fill in the details. Keeping with the theme, Houston’s always charming—and surprisingly svelte—Fat Tony opens, celebrating his new deal with upstart indie label Young Ones.

Thu., June 14, 10 p.m., 2012

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