El-P, Despot, May 21, Santos Party House, $20
It’s been five years since El-P released I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, but now the venerable underground MC and Def Jux founder is back with another classic. Tonight’s show at Santos Party House celebrates the release of Cancer for Cure, and the return of one of rap’s most exciting voices.
Monday, May 21, at 8 p.m., Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street (between Walker and White streets); 212-584-5492.
DIIV, High Highs, Killer Mike, Beat Culture, Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ set), May 24, Brooklyn Bowl, FREE with RSVP
The Hype Machine has put together a weirdly eclectic lineup for their “League Night” this Thursday. Highlights are Killer Mike, whose R.A.P. Music is one of our favorite albums of the year, and the artist formerly known as Dive bringing the evenings requisite hazy guitar-pop quotient.
Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue (between North 11th and 12th streets); Brooklyn, 718-963-3369.
Simian Mobile Disco, Michael Mayer, Lindstrom, May 25, Webster Hall
Webster Hall has been throwing their Girls & Boys party for years, but rarely does it feature such a stacked bill. DJing this Friday is Simian Mobile Disco, coming off the release of their fantastic new record Unpatterns, along with minimal techno mainstay Michael Mayer, and deep disco dude Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. What better way to start the long weekend than by dancing to these guys?
Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues); 212-353-1600.
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Photos: Via Jack White, Despot, Beat Culture