Edan & Paten Locke / Bones Complex / The Freestyle Collective @ Psi U

This shit is poppin’ off. You would be remiss to miss it. (Battle of the Bands should be over by the time Edan takes the stage, so bring your prefrosh to both, yo.) From the one and only Bones emcee ZachG ’13:

EDAN is known for his unlikely take on hip-hop culture, where traditional rap songs are often skewed by 60’s rock samples, tape echoes, and foreign language choruses, not to mention the off-beat humor and surrealist imagery incorporated via his lyrics. His latest mega-mix, entitled ‘Echo Party’, is an astounding pastiche of dance, rap, and punk that utilizes everything from turntables to tape echo, glockenspiel to guitar, and moog to kazoo. Edan’s previous effort, Beauty And The Beat, drew worldwide acclaim. Despite being off the beaten track musically Edan blends these influences perfectly into something new. Rock-based psychedelia married with some of the pillars of hip-hop and whatever’s taking his fancy at the time… On stage, his repertoire includes cutting up records such as Thin Lizzy’s ‘Johnny the Fox’ while spitting his verse over it in good time, not to mention simultaneously stepping on a delay pedal for the sake of added texture…

“Beauty and the Beat’ sounds like a record made by someone who once devoured the catalog and history of his favorite artists, traced their lineage as far back as he could, and has discovered his place in the genealogy. With that enlightenment, EDAN  is no longer an impersonation of his idols, but one of their peers.”
-Pitchfork

“Beauty and the Beat’ is a rare, valuable record that channels two markedly different types of music into a new one, a collage of sounds that hasn’t been heard in a very long time”
-RapReviews.com

Ever since PATEN LOCKE can remember, he always wanted to put his own spin on hip hop culture, and with a move to Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1990s he was able to do just that. Now, in 2012, Paten is performing his solo material, keeping the crowd moving DJing in clubs, releasing videos and much more to support his debut release “Super Ramen Rocket Ship”. He is already beginning work on a follow up to his debut LP. More recently, he and his good friend Edan have banded together to create a live show with intentions of progressing the art.

BONES COMPLEX is Wesleyan’s own 6-man justice league. New to this year’s lineup: all of the same people, but so much better! They will be slathering the crowd in some combination of hip hop, funk, reggae, Dijon mustard, and sweat, so come prepared to get messy. They got beats for days, and since this is only a one-night concert, they’ll have to make it extra loud. Bones Complex is Mark Bennett ’13, Shivan Bhavnani ’13, Frank Fineis ’13, Zach Goldberg ’13, Andrew Pfeiffer ’13, and Alex Motherfucking Ray ’13.

The R.A.W. FREESTYLE COLLECTIVE is Wesleyan’s answer to the oft asked question: “Do we have a freestyle collective on campus?” We do. They are consistently spectacular, and they will make force clever, off-the-dome rhymes down your throat in a way that will make you thank them profusely. They’re not quite sure what their show will consist of yet, but you can bet that they will figure it the fuck out and kick your ass into lyrical overdrive. Rock out to Mark Bennett, Izzy Coleman, Sam Long, Evan Okun, Nick Petrie, Eriq Robinson, David Stouck, Dan Wissinger, and assorted ragamuffins.

Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 AM
Place: Psi U
Cost: Free