The aptly named Kate Tempest sweeps into town like a verbal whirlwind, casting out bold imagery like runes from her latest album, The Book of Traps & Lessons. The British poet-novelist-rapper infuses her febrile words with shape-shifting layers of electronics and sound collages to stirring effect. She decries the destructive nature of love on “I Trap You” even as she ruefully gives in to its inexorable pull: “Love is an endless sky, an endless cliché that imagines itself to be deep revelation,” Tempest insists before confessing, “Can’t you see I’m walking this threadbare tightrope made out of dental floss stitched together with strands of tobacco and dog hair?/And it stretches between two precious fantasies — my fantasy of me and my fantasy of you.” On “Firesmoke,” she declares, “My visionary is a vision … Let me untangle the madness that knots you.” With Tolliver.
Teragram Ballroom, 1234 Seventh St., L.A.; Tues., Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; $23; all ages. (213) 689-9100, www.teragramballroom.com.
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