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Tech N9ne and Freddie Gibbs
Freddie “Gangster” Gibbs is a hard man to write about. Some would argue he’s the last true street poet, and if he’s done half the things he claims to have in his music, even listening to it is a complex moral decision. But Gibbs’ newest release with producer Madlib “Pinata” is head and shoulders above any hip-hop I’ve heard this year. His raps sway from empathetic to sociopathic, telling stories about sweeping societal inequalities and a glorified hood lifestyle (“Life was like a movie, all I did was play my f***ing part”). Gibbs is the opening act for Tech N9ne.
If you go: Tech N9ne and Freddie Gibbs, Showbox SoDo, May 23 ($28.50) — J.S.H.
Honeyhole’s 15th Anniversary *
Here’s an event to show your appreciation for 15 years of the glory that is the Capitol Hill establishment Honeyhole. It takes heart and pizzazz to make a truly great sandwich: high-quality ingredients (including gluten-free bread options), inventive yet satisfying flavor combinations and ample portions. Here’s just one example of what Honeyhole creates: The Bandit, which pairs slow-smoked Painted Hills beef brisket with BBQ sauce, coleslaw and melted sharp cheddar on a baguette. With a side! Honeyhole offers up the food with a casual, anytime atmosphere, $3.50 daily microbrew pints, and a $4 daily cocktail (all of which I’ve tried; I’ve also ordered seconds). Throughout this special anniversary day, beers will be $3.50 and local band Country Lips will perform at 6 p.m.
Zepparella, the San Franciso-based all-female Zeppelin cover band, will be wailing away at the Tractor this week. Maybe the gender switch-up was a ploy to get people in the door initially, but it feels immaterial when watching them perform. The group’s interpretations are razor sharp, and hauntingly faithful to the originals. Lead singer Noelle Doughty’s voice doesn’t have the frayed-edge effect that made stars out of singers like Robert Plant and Janis Joplin, but her more melodic reworking is wonderful in its own right.
If you go: Zeparella, The Tractor Tavern, May 24 ($25). — J.S.H.
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