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When: Wed., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2014

On June’s CLPPNG (Sub Pop), Los Angeles hip-hop trio Clipping. push their harsh noise-rap toward self-consciously vile extremes in subject matter—their lyrics are as over-the-top as the gleefully gross explosions of blood and body parts in a Troma horror movie. Over blistering, gurgling instrumentals that get under your skin like unstoppable parasitic worms, MC Daveed Diggs tears through graphic rhymes about sexy serial killers and body-combusting drug binges. But even though the beat for “Get Up” consists almost entirely of the shrill, steady beep of an alarm clock, the song acquires a verse-chorus structure almost like a straightforward Top 40 rap track thanks to its alternation between Diggs’s aggressive, rapid-fire rapping and a dreamy hook sung by a female guest vocalist. These miscreants understand the visceral charge of noise as thoroughly as hip-hop’s expansive world, and they know how to strike a balance between the two—on “Dream,” Diggs rewrites the opening of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” whispering about reading Murder Dog magazine over a cold, near-ambient instrumental. The best tunes on CLPPNG are the most feral, and like any good Troma movie, they’re almost charming in their vulgarity; on the brooding “Tonight,” when guest MC Gangsta Boo raps about lingering at a Waffle House to have sex with a stranger after closing time, her swagger makes what might otherwise come across as trashy or gross sound approachable, even fun. —Leor Galil

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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