Reggie Watts isn’t exactly a comedian. He doesn’t tell jokes or stories or anything like that. He’s more a song-and-dance man who uses his voice, a microphone, pedals, and a multitrack looper to build beat-boxed tracks like “Fuck Shit Stack,” a complex, wordy, lewd tune that toys with English grammar and commercial hip-hop clichés. (Read more)
Local band The Plums plays a record-release show for The White LP at Bella Cafe tonight. In his review, City Paper contributor Joe Warminsky says the new album “simply showcases a core group of musicians…who enjoy going from point A to point B together. Loudly.” The Plums performs with Obetrol at 8 p.m. $5.
If you missed him at Busboys & Poets a couple months back, Morgan State professor Jared A. Ball discusses his cool-sounding book I Mix What I Like!: A Mixtape Manifesto at Politics & Prose tonight. This blurb says the author “analyzes the colonization and control of popular music and posits the homemade hip-hop mixtape as an emancipatory tool for community resistance…Jared positions the so-called ‘hip-hop nation’ as an extension of the internal colony that is modern African America, and suggests that the low-tech hip-hop mixtape may be one of the best weapons we have against Empire.” 7 p.m. Free.