Often identified as rap’s resident smart girl, K. Flay’s got the brains and flow to put much of mainstream hip-hop to shame. K. Flay, real name Kristine Flaherty, grew up in suburban Chicago before attending Stanford University, where she began toying with her own brand of rap music as a response to the genre’s cliches. With a handful of mixtapes and EPs under her belt, she signed with RCA, which she left before putting out a full-length debut. Free from the major, she recently released the Life as a Dog LP, an intriguing mix of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock.
Mon., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., 2014