Janae Jones

Ten-hut! Count the change Obama spotted you, and let's get right into this. Over at Nectar on Thursday, September 30, is the CD release for Blue Sky Black Death, a production duo based in San Francisco and Seattle; judging from all the "Pike St." and "Suicide Capitol" shirts I see around here though, y'all might also know one half of the set, Kingston, as the man behind the popular Life of Villains clothing line. He and partner Young God have crafted a singular beat aesthetic of creeping shoegazey menace—somewhere in between the score to Scarface and, say, M83—that has scored them national attention, some dope collabs (Jean Grae, plus Wu-Tang neophytes Holocaust and Hell Razah), and a string of projects released on the Mush and Babygrande labels. Their newest, Third Party, is coming out on the Fake Four label (founded by L.A.-based artist Ceschi), which also puts out Dark Time Sunshine's records; those two acts share a similar lost-in-space feel that would be great on a tour, bill, or a split 7-inch sometime. Third Party is a shimmery indie shoegaze record with wavy synth washes, but BSBD's hiphop heartbeat ripples the surface. Rocking with them at Nectar are Olympia's the Nextdoor Neighbors and Cloud Nice's next wave, BAYB (Bad Ass Yella Boyz).

Friday, October 1, is dark-matter dense with shows, so pay attention and choose your own adventure, Chumley. Down at the Showbox Sodo you got the massive tandem of Tech N9ne and E-40. That's damn near a mini-Gathering right there, so if you go, make sure you're not Tila Tequila. That's just a good life rule in general. Galapagos4's own Midwest monsters Qwel & Maker will be conspiring at Chop Suey with DJ SPS, JFK, Jewels Hunter, Graves33, Nathan Wolfe, and Dead Noise. Last but not least, at the Comet Tavern you'll find NYC's too-smart, race-baiting, just-kidding goofballs Das Racist, plus (ahem) Mash Hall and LastNightsMixtape.com's own DJs Toast and Tang. If you haven't been paying your high-speed cable bill or attention in general, Das Racist are the crew that Sabzi has been sliding some beats to (check two of their best joints, "Who's That? Brooown!" and "All Tan Everything") since spending half his time in NYC; their newest tape, Sit Down, Man, is crushing.

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Over at Hidmo on Saturday, October 2, go check out Ladies First, a showcase of female hiphop talent that happens every first Saturday—this month featuring two Cali MCs: L.A.'s Kandi Cole (with DJ Eskimo One) and San Diego's Micki Vale, plus your host Sista Hailstorm. Up at Nectar this same evening is the live debut of #HelloFuture, a crew whose name explicitly evokes Twitter hashtags, if you didn't catch that. Who are they? A genuine 206 supergroup consisting of Neema, Lace Cadence, Sol, Eighty4Fly, and Billy Patron. Crazy. SnO, Jay Barz, DJs B-Mello and Miguel Rockwell, and B-Boy will be holding it down as well.

If you still have a drop of juice left, or avoided everything else because your pockets are flat not fat—Del the Funky Homosapien is doing a free show at Nectar on Sunday, October 3, so dig that. I dunno about y'all, but I'm exhausted. recommended