Keeping up with Madlib has always been a fool's errand. Even before the revered hip-hop producer blew minds with his fabricated jazz band Yesterdays New Quintet, blew chronic smoke with his MF Doom collaboration Madvillain, and blew past the atmosphere with his rapping alter ego Quasimoto, Otis Jackson Jr. was light years ahead of his peers. The man's astounding prolificacy since has made it harder still to clock his every move, but a nearly unprecedented consistency in quality means we've no choice but to try. He just wrapped the 12-album Madlib Medicine Show series (started in 2010) exploring rap, jazz, soul, funk, dub, psych rock and more, all presented through this auteur's trademark dust-caked, beat-cracked lens. It's a hometown show, so expect the Stones Throw Records family to be well represented.
Sat., Dec. 10, 9 p.m., 2011
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