It didn’t happen overnight, but there’s strange symmetry between the justannounced 102 JAMZ Superjam coming up in June and hip hop at the country’s mega-festivals. 2 Chainz played Coachella this year, A$AP Rocky will have played both come June, Wale is already a veteran of both and Future is a bankable threat for next year. The damnedest part is, 102 JAMZ is the one that’s stood pat in their booking philosophy. More immediately, another member of the A$AP Mob, Ferg, joins the dirtiest old man in the Dirty South, Juicy J, at Greene Street Club on Wednesday. At the Blind Tiger, crunchy pickers Spongecake & the Fluff Ramblers put a different spin on “Dirty South.”
Rosie Guerin of Vandaveer and Jodi Burns of Judy Barnes could deliver a scintillating take on the Flower Duet from Delibes’ “Lakme,” but they’ll occupy the elegant folk and pop spaces of their respective bands with support from Marcus Hodges at the Garage on Thursday. Imperial Blend’s Brennan Fowler does the No Deals thing with electronica understudy Electras at the Blind Tiger, while Giant at Large bring big hooks and jangly vocals to the Flatiron with No Reception and Carridale. Prepare to have Rich Homie Quan’s “Type of Way” dominating your social media like Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” has for the past month. He’ll make you feel some type of way at Ziggy’s.
Friday’s short slate includes wispy Southern gothica by Nashville’s the Rough and Tumble, and on Saturday, Estrangers debut their much-anticipated new LP Love’s Pure Light at Krankies with a vinyl-only release party that includes sets by Ezra Noble, Daisy Horse and 12,000 Armies. The Blind Tiger has more jam than a man can stand with ESP and the Family, and Josh Neas hosts Songwriter’s Night #3 at the Flatiron. It’s best of the ’90s with Mediocre Bad Guys and Mark Kano at the Garage and Ziggy’s with Mother’s Finest. Brandon Wise & the Scorchin’ Sons got into their dads’ Ides of March and Bloodrock records one day and now they’re playing the Green Bean with the Morning After.
On Tuesday, northern Virginia rock trio Melodime visit the Blind Tiger, and they have a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — how novel!