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Monday, July 12, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Eyedea and Abilities

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Its cold out, yo
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The Twin Cities may seem like an unlikely hotspot for underground hip-hop, but for the past decade, the indie rap scene has been largely dominated by Minneapolis-St. Paul rappers on the Rhymesayers label. Eyedea and Abilities, a Minnesota-based MC-and-DJ pair, have been at the forefront of the movement, advancing their sounds and skills with each new record. On their third album, last year’s By the Throat, they explored more guitar-based sounds and live instruments. With fuzzy beats, choppy rhymes, some intricate turntable work, and lyrics about everything from addiction to quantum mechanics, Eyedea and Abilities continue to push themselves and the genre. They’re accompanied on tour by fellow Twin Cities rapper Kristoff Krane, who has released three eclectic hip-hop records in the past couple of years and has worked with several mainstays of the scene. Opening their Cleveland show is the Youngstown-based MC Homeless, who recently recorded his second album in France and is working on a third with West Coast subterranean legend Riddlore? The duo, with Kristoff Krane and MC Homeless, play the Grog Shop at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call call 216-321-5588 or go to grogshop.gs.—Nick Baker

Review the show at clevescene.com/concertscene

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