When: Sat., May 26, 9 p.m. 2012
LA rapper Busdriver, aka Regan Farquhar, has been taking hip-hop in weird directions for more than a decade. On his 2010 mix tape Computer Cooties, for instance, Farquhar spits over a sluggish Wolf Parade instrumental and covers Nosaj Thing's sinister and funky "Coat of Arms" with the assistance of what sounds like a kazoo. He's since teamed up with former members of spastic punk band the Mae Shi to form a caterwauling synth-rock project called Physical Forms, and some of that group's pop panache has rubbed off on the recent Busdriver album Beaus $ Eros (Fake Four). Its synth-based production ranges from sprightly and twee to flat-out ribcage rattling, but Farquhar holds it together with his chameleonic voice, which can transform itself from a gnarled growl to a pleasant croon. Beaus $ Eros sounds almost like a pop album—its lyrics, though, imagine Busdriver forming a band with Nietzsche and Eric Dolphy and rhyme "oligarchy" with "party," so rest assured that things are still pleasantly weird. —Leor Galil Buck 65 headlines; Busdriver and Qwel & Maker open.