When: Wed., May 1, 8 p.m. 2013
Twenty years into his career as a recording artist and six since OutKast announced its hiatus, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton is still plagued by the common perception that he’s merely the straight man to the flamboyantly weird Andre 3000, when in fact he’s always been at least as far out there as his former partner—just without the goofy headwear to underline the point. But his two solo albums (not including his half of OutKast’s 2003 release Speakerboxxx/The Love Below) and his reputation as the most outspoken Kate Bush fan in hip-hop have done a bit to correct that mischaracterization. On the latest, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam), he teams up with not only T.I. and A$AP Rocky but also indie rockers Phantogram and Wavves. It’s a mixed bag with a few outright duds, but even those are respectably ambitious. The better half of the record, which includes a handful of collaborations with Swedish electro-pop group Little Dragon, perfectly nails his singular strip-club-on-psychedelics vibe. —Miles Raymer Killer Mike, Fishhawk, Renegade, and Real T@lk open.