Danny Brown

Detroit rap personality Danny Brown is poised to take over the Bay Area this spring with a couple of live shows separated by a month-long gap. The first gig, on April 17 at The Independent, is a stop on Brown’s “Worst of Both Worlds” co-headlining tour with Baauer. Last year, Brown collaborated on a track with Purity Ring, who will coincidentally be playing the same night at Bottom of the Hill. I wonder if they will meet halfway for burritos.

Baauer, an instrumental trap producer currently signed to LuckyMe, recently skyrocketed from an overlooked Pitchfork post to international notoriety after some idiot posted a YouTube video of himself “dancing” to the intro of Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” The single instantly became a viral meme with hundreds of imitators literally air-humping the track to death.

Now, as trends often go, nobody ever wants to hear that song ever again. Plus, the dude only has a small handful of tracks out. DJ Dials, who cleared out half of DNA Lounge by dropping “Harlem Shake” during Noise Pop 2013, will DJ the sold out show at The Indy.

Luckily, those who didn’t get tickets, or simply wish to see Danny Brown free of annoying memes, can catch the eccentric hip hip artist headline a one-off performance at The New Parish in Oakland on Tuesday, May 21. His third solo album, Old, is scheduled for release this August.

Baauer, Danny Brown, DJ Dials
The Independent
April 17, 2013
9pm, $25 (SOLD OUT)

Danny Brown
The New Parish
May 21, 2013
8pm, $20–25