HigherGround Music
Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock

Rob Sonic & DJ Zone, Homeboy Sandman

Friday, January 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

South Burlington, VT

$22 advance | $25 day of show

This event is all ages

Aesop Rock
Aesop Rock
Building on the rapping style of eccentrics Kool Keith and Del the Funky Homosapien, Def Jux headliner Aesop Rock became one of the hottest MCs in the post-millennial underground. After a pair of self-released LPs (Appleseed, Music for Earthworms), he recorded Float for Mush in 2000. The former Ian Bavitz then issued a pair of singles -- "Coma" and "Boom Box" -- for another underground rap label paragon, Definitive Jux. His second full-length, 2001's Labor Days, earned positive reviews and featured production from El-P and Blockhead. The Daylight EP kept his name in the papers, and his Def Jux follow-up, Bazooka Tooth, was released in September 2003. A seven-track EP, Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives, followed in early 2005.

In early 2007 Aesop Rock composed a 45-minute piece for Nike's Original Run series, a continuous track meant to be listened to while jogging (other artists included LCD Soundsystem and the Crystal Method), and by September his much-anticipated full-length, None Shall Pass, which included guest appearances from El-P and John Darnielle (from the Mountain Goats), came out. A year later, Def Jux would be put "on hiatus" by label head El-P, but Aesop would remain busy, producing major works like Felt's 2009 effort Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez and working on a collaboration with the Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson dubbed the Uncluded. He would return to his solo career in 2012 with Skelethon, released by the Rhymesayers label. The album featured a guest appearance from Dawson along with Rob Sonic and Allyson Baker of Dirty Ghosts. After his gear was stolen in 2013, Rock sold artwork to help fund a new studio setup. A tour with the Uncluded preceded the 2015 collaborative EP with Homeboy Sandman titled LICE. A year later he returned to his solo career with the single "Rings" and the album The Impossible Kid. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
Rob Sonic & DJ Zone
Homeboy Sandman
Homeboy Sandman
Homeboy Sandman is a musician. His genre is hip hop. An emcee that prides himself on musical growth and evolution, he has adopted as his motto and creative mission statement, "Boy Sand like you've never seen him before. As usual."

Raised in Queens, New York. Academic stints in New Hampshire, Philadelphia, London, and Long Island. One semester short on two different graduate degrees. A couple of years of New York City Public School teaching thrown in there in between. 9th and 10th grades. Some bartending too, at the legendary Lennox Lounge in Harlem. That's where Shaft used to drink.

December 2006 he decides to cut all that miscellaneous nonsense and follow his passion. 7 releases deep and counting. Before signing to Stones Throw he'd already been chosen as a coach on MTV's MADE, prominently featured in preeminent print hip hop rags XXL and The Source, and perpetually championed on foremost online hubs like Okayplayer and 2DopeBoyz. Since inking with the label his accolades have extended beyond the realm of the hip hop specific. Rolling Stone has noted his "skill for wordplay that keeps you hooked." NPR has highlighted his "artful, hysterical, disobedient hip-hop that you can dance to." Pitchfork has straightforwardly dubbed him "one of the best pure lyricists around."

He writes regularly for The Huffington Post too. Done some stuff for Gawker. While most of his writing is music it appears he'll write wherever a lot of people are looking. If he had an opportunity to give a speech at a huge rally he'd take that too, so more than anything else he just wants to spread the word. Maybe he just wants attention. Attention for being himself though. He'd never get into acting or anything like that.

Anyway can't nobody rhyme like him.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/