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Why? Return to NYC to Headline Music Hall of Williamsburg Monday

February 2nd, 2018

Why? are a band that defies easy categorization—or categorization of any kind, for that matter. Maybe you could mash together two genres and throw in a dash, but what the fuck is rap–indie rock anyway? Why? (above, performing “Easy” for the Wild Honey Pie) began as the brainchild of Yoni Wolf, first as a solo rap act before morphing into a full-fledged four-piece band, which includes his brother and collaborator, Josiah, on drums, Doug McDiarmid on keys and Matt Meldon on guitar and bass. Before that he helped found Anticon, the rap-heavy indie record label based out of the Bay Area. In the time since, Yoni Wolf has returned to his hometown, Cincinnati—or in his own words, “the land of Procter & Gamble and cop scandals.” Sonically, Why? leapfrog from sound to sound with each album, but the frontman’s expert wordsmith abilities, equal parts confessional, personal, wry, whimsical and trippy, are constant throughout. Their latest album, Moh Llean (stream it below), came out last March, their first released material in four years. The LP comes oozing with ear-candy melodies, something Yoni has always had a knack for but has fine-tuned over the years. You can catch the Wolf brothers and company on Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Los Angeles art rapper Open Mike Eagle opens the show. —Dan Rickershauser | @D4nRicks




Hellfyre Club Brings Quality Underground Rap to Mercury Lounge

March 5th, 2014

Witty L.A. rapper Nocando started the indie label Hellfyre Club as an outlet for creative music by left-field underground rappers and other adventurous artists “for the purpose of melting minds and unsettling stomachs.” Nocando and friends—Busdriver (hyperliterate and intellectual), Milo (philosophical), Open Mike Eagle (formidable battle MC) and Billy Woods (uncategorizable)—teamed up on last year’s collaborative mixtape Dorner vs. Tookie. According to Pitchfork: “Nocando brings the hysterics, Busdriver is the ace technician, Open Mike Eagle’s a whiz with matching easygoing hooks to intimate person reflection, and Milo is the resident free-associative poet. Each shines on a solo cut or two, but it’s when they pair up that the mixtape starts to cook.” Speaking of which, these guys have taken their act on the road, crisscrossing the country as they make their way toward New York City for an unforgettable night of music tomorrow at Mercury Lounge.