When: Fri., Oct. 28, 10 p.m. 2011
Spank Rock's 2006 debut, YoYoYoYoYo, dropped at exactly the right time to capitalize on a demand for raunchy regional dance music with even raunchier lyrics—a craze Diplo had just sent through the roof. But the group—then based around rapper Naeem Juwan and producer XXXChange—flubbed the follow-through (2007's Bangers & Cash EP) and remained oddly silent until the new Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar (Bad Blood). Surprisingly, Everything picks up a couple miles down the road from where Spank Rock left off. The album is largely a collaboration between Juwan and German techno producer Boys Noize; they basically abandon the Baltimore house of YoYoYoYoYo for more futuristic sounds and pop-accessible layouts, creating a collection that shows a grasp of subtlety that neither artist has evidenced before. —Miles Raymer Big Freedia and the Death Set open.