When: Thu., Jan. 10, 9 p.m. 2013
Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. is a cross-dressing actor, poet, and performance artist with a penchant for raunchy rapping and an outrageously fabulous onstage persona called Mykki Blanco. The onetime Chicagoan (he spent three semesters at SAIC) has enjoyed a surge of interest in his music in part due to the fashionability of "gay rap" ever since Frank Ocean came out, but he's not terribly comfortable with that label—he's a multidisciplinary artist, after all, not just a rapper. The recent mixtape Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss includes artsy bits such as a spoken-word piece that samples Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," but it's also got plenty of eccentric dance-pop beats and hypersexualized lyrics—the sort of thing that ought to appeal to fans of Le1f, who produces and appears on one track. Cosmic Angel is compelling in its own right, media trends notwithstanding, and it delivers as much power as the Mykki Blanco persona. At its best it feels like an early scene from the video for the Brenmar-produced "Wavvy," where our hero is having a party in a dark moving van cruising through NYC with its back doors thrown open. —Leor GalilSupreme Cuts (DJ set) and Teen Witch open.
Price: $8, free with RSVP before 10 PM at do312.com