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Juiceboxxx, Kid Color, Fuzz, Moneypenny, Team Bayside High Soundboard Recommended

When: Sat., Dec. 18, 10 p.m. 2010

Milwaukee rapper Juiceboxxx is only 24, but he's already been performing for almost a decade, and he treats every show like it's his last. He pours reckless amounts of energy into his cathartic live sets, dancing, leaping, and contorting his gangly body as he shouts his party-rap anthems, his face red and the veins in his neck bulging alarmingly—I've seen him hit himself in the head with a mike till he bled. He doesn't expect to be the only one freaking out, either—he often raps from the middle of the crowd, and for such an unthreatening-looking guy he can be surprisingly confrontational, even grabbing fans and shaking them. But Juiceboxxx isn't about violence: he makes music to dance to, and if he gets rough, it's only to start people moving. This year he beefed up his discography with his first two mix tapes, Thunder Zone Volume One and Journeyman From the Heartland (both self-released), where he spits confidently over fuzzy guitar licks, smooth rap beats, and hyperactive electro. He also recently added DJ and guitarist Willy D. to his live lineup. Kid Color, Fuzz, Moneypenny, and Team Bayside High open. —Leor Galil

Price: $5, free with RSVP

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