Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 20, 3:45 p.m. 2008

“I ain’t riding the beat / It’s the beat that is riding me,” Scroobius Pip (aka David Meads) cryptically intones on “Development.” So is that a boast? A complaint? On the surface, his lines seem to tangle with the instrumental backing provided by his partner, Dan le Sac (Dan Stephens), like bar patrons engaging in the inelegant form of drunken wrestling popular at a certain type of tavern. This is partly because Pip delivers dense clusters of words in a way that sometimes nears the cadences of rap but swerves around the rhymes in more subtle ways—if you don’t pay attention you might dismiss him as just a guy ranting into a mike. Case in point: “Thou Shalt Always Kill,” also from their recent debut, Angles (Strange Famous), where Pip lights into 50 years of critical hagiography by running down a list of beloved rock groups—from the Beatles to Crass—and declares each to be “just a band.” This set is part of the Hideout Block Party. —Miles Raymer

Price: $25, $45 for a two-day pass

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