Folks, this is one for the books, one of the can’t miss live jams of the summer.
Death Grips has kept both the heads and the backpackers captivated since 2011’s brutal Ex-Militia mixtape, and concocted the type of cerebrally terrifying hip-hop that prodigiously soundtracks putting a hit out on someone. Even Swiffering your kitchen floor while listening to The Money Store makes you feel kinda seedy. Since then, mic destroyer Stefan Burnett and the percussion shredder of Lightning Bolt’s most formidable opponent Hella, Zach Hill, have continued to brilliantly meld punk, noise, and hip-hop that evokes Dalek at their most paranoid and volatile. The duo is touring in support of No Love Deep Web, which the band self-released on a whim to dick over their label. Speaking of dicks, the album art features a big ol’ fat fuckin’ dong, and earlier this year when I was listening to it on my iPhone in the car, I walked into Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up a wedding gift, and placed my phone on the counter while talking to the registry lady forgetting that I had a giant fucking dong on my screen. So, thanks Death Grips for that amazingly awkward few minutes. Can’t wait to see this show.
New York soothsayers Rat King are one of XL’s latest acquisitions, and with good reason. Much like Death Grips, Rat King explodes out of hip-hop’s previously constructed boundaries, harnessing the unbridled urgency of classic hardcore and anchoring it with hyperactive east coast beats, peppered with an impressive ear for off-kilter hooks. The strength of Ratking’s debut, Wiki93, got the group an invitation to Pitchfork Festival Paris and some always helpful ink from The New York Times. The latter’s almost kinda surprising since Ratking’s chaotic, gritty, jarring take on the rhyme scheme is not for the faint of heart – but a solid complement for traversing the underbelly Death Grips invites you to visit this Friday.
Do you want to go see the show? For free? I’ve got a pair! Of tickets! To enter, leave a comment below or an @ on our Twitter (@kbloggins) with the answer to this question:
You and Death Grips’ Stefan Burnett are going on a fly fishing trip. It’s just you, him, the great outdoors, and hopefully some catfish ready to bite. What do you all talk about?
Best answer gets the tickets. You have until Friday at 5 p.m. EDT, and must be able to reasonably make the show that evening in Louisville. Good luck!
UPDATE: This post originally listed the show as Saturday and that is so terribly wrong. The 14th is Friday, so don’t get it twisted. Our apologies!