When: Sat., April 9 2016
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
Is the downtown Raleigh romp of Hopscotch too much for you? Does the thematic grandeur of Moogfest overwhelm you a month before it even starts in Durham? If so, Duke Coffehouse's much more modest and manageable Brickside let's you dip into a post-everything festival of rap and rock and pop and experimental mayhem for a day and then return to your regularly scheduled life. The third-ever Brickside lineup is indeed a curious one, with New York rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash—you know, the Furious Five, "The Message," "The Adventures of..."—headlining alongside fellow New York icon, record producer, and weirdo heavy rock master Martin Bisi. The real excitement, though, may come from the visceral noise shocks of provocateur Pharmakon and the brilliantly confrontational, Springsteen-and-Strummer-sized political anthems of Downtown Boys. Several top-notch locals—the alluring Zensofly, the swaggering Natural Causes, and the glaring Bad Friends—join. Also, AJJ, formerly knock as Andrew Jackson Jihad.
—Grayson Haver Currin
DUKE COFFEEHOUSE, DURHAM 2 p.m., $10–$15, www.dukecoffeehouse.org