Lyrics Born, Skins and Needles

When: Thu., April 7, 7 p.m. 2011

Lyrics Born (aka Tom Shimura) has been kicking around the Bay Area's underground hip-hop scene since the early '90s. As an old-school cohort of DJ Shadow, Lateef and Blackalicious, the Japanese-American singer/MC transcends typical backpacker-rap stylings with a bold voice that utilizes both spoken word and passionate singing. His latest, As U Were (Mobile Home/Decon), brings a sheen of ultramodern production to an album that gives as much of a nod to funk, soul and disco as it does to hip-hop.

Chad Radford

Price: $12

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