Sunday, October 9, 2016
Jaw-droppingly impressive hip-hop polymath Astronautilus plays Will's Pub Monday
By Jason Ferguson
on Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 9:41 PM
It also shouldn't distract you from the fact that this former Floridian has been releasing albums of increasing complexity and intricacy since 2003. His most recent release, Cut the Body Loose
, finds him on the punk-adjacent SideOneDummy label with production by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans), so one might expect him to be flexing his more indie-oriented muscles, but instead the album is an electric and straightforward affair, with slashing rhymes flying atop dense, brutalist beats. It's just the sort of album that would be well-promoted with a fantastic mid-show freestyle.
with Ceschi, Factor Chandelier, Transit | 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org
Astronautalis - FreeStyle from Lastlifemedia.com on Vimeo.
You have not lived until you've heard Astronautalis deliver one of his mid-show freestyles. Driven by audience-suggested topics, words and themes, it's part improv performance, part linguistic exercise and part rap master class, and it's always as jaw-droppingly impressive as it is entertaining.