When: Thu., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. 2015
Local hip-hop outfit Goodbye Tomorrow are the latest group to be defined by their anonymity. According to a recent DJ Booth profile, they keep their ranks hidden to preserve the integrity of the group (watching Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment play second fiddle to founding member Chance the Rapper with this year’s Surf apparently bolstered that goal). If the group’s ornate debut, A Journey Through the Mind of a Non Believer (Rostrum), held its weight, the mysterious membership might feel like less of a gimmick. The boisterous, ostentatious album sounds luxe but sags in parts, and though members approach the mike with an irrepressible hunger, they too frequently come up with familiar boasts about inflated egos. But Goodbye Tomorrow can make chest-puffing work in their favor, as they do on the pristine “Jay Z” and their somber nonalbum collaboration with G Herbo, “NoOne or NoThing.” On the sprawling “Goodbye Tomorrow” one member proclaims, “I just numb the pain under these lights at these shows,” which is confusing since tonight’s show is Goodbye Tomorrow’s debut live performance. Part of the draw will be seeing what they do in the flesh.
Price: $13, $10 in advance