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Hip hop’s Aesop Rock at the Buffalo
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Born in New York, now a resident of San Francisco, Aesop Rock has been a fixture in underground hip hop for nearly two decades. Widely hailed as one of the most creative lyricists in the game, Aesop is a master of layered metaphors and tricky wordplay. In a study by Matthew Daniels comparing the vocabulary of 85 rappers, Aesop Rock was at the top of the list with the largest vocabulary in hip hop.
He plays at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., in support of “The Impossible Kid,” his first solo record in four years. He’s joined by Rob Sonic, DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa. Tickets are $18.
Also playing Thursday
Robin Wallbridge, 6:30 p.m., Il Rifugio, 4505 Mount Baker Highway, Deming
Chicas Reinas, 5 p.m., Jansen Art Center Piano Lounge, 321 Front St., Lynden
Marvin Johnson & Friends, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Also playing Friday
Rob Hutchings, 7:30 p.m., Beach Store Cafe, 2200 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island
Jeff Reier and Dave Lewis, 5:30 p.m., Book Fare Cafe, 1200 11th St.
The Skeptix, 8 p.m., The Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Edison
Johnny Dennis and Rachel Wallace, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road
Telefonic, 8 p.m., Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St.
Dana Osborn Band, 9 p.m. May 6-7, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
Also playing Saturday
Carr Johnson and Bruce Parker, 8 p.m., Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road
Stink!, The Masses, The Requisite, Tin Can Symphony, 8 p.m., Make.Shift, 306 Flora St.
Chuck Dingee, 9 p.m., Steakhouse 9, 115 E. Homestead Blvd., Lynden
Also playing Sunday
Also playing Monday
Irish and Folk Mondays with Howie Melzer & Friends, 6 p.m., Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St.
Also playing Tuesday
Also playing Wednesday
Aaron Guest, 6 p.m., Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave.
The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St., 4 p.m. Sundays, slow jam; 7 p.m. Mondays, music hosted by Trace Rezideux; 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Guffingham (comedy).
Cafe Bouzingo, 1209 Cornwall Ave., 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Honey Moon Mead & Cider, 1053 N. State St., 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, with Chuck Dingee.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., blues jam with Patrick McFarland.
Glow Nightclub, 202 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with DJ J-Will; 9 p.m. Saturdays, with DJ Boombox Kid; 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Western Wednesdays with Gray Matter.
Poppe’s 360 at Four Points By Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Drive, 9 p.m. Thursdays with DJ Clint Westwood.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 11 p.m. Thursdays, with DJ Enz; 9 p.m. Saturdays with DJ Robby Clark.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Wednesdays, with Boombox Kid.
Bellingham Bar and Grill, 1408 Cornwall Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays.
El Gitano, 1125 E. Sunset Drive, Suite 110, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Royal, 208 E. Holly St., 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave., 9 p.m. Mondays, with Zack Zinn.
The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Aireeoke with Aireekah.
Swillery Whiskey Bar, 118 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Village Inn Pub & Eatery, 3030 Northwest Ave., 8 p.m. Fridays.
The Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., 9 p.m. Mondays, Lip Sync Battle!
Archer Ale House, 1212 10th St., 7 p.m. Sundays.
Kulshan Brewing Co., 2238 James St., 7 p.m. Mondays.
K2, 1538 Kentucky St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
McKay’s Taphouse, 1118 E. Maple St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, 1308 11th St., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Slo Pitch Sports Grill & Casino, 3720 Meridian St., 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
The Table, 100 N. Commercial St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
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