Win Tickets: Tobacco w/ Beans, Shapers @ Holocene: Electronic-Infused Beats, Hip-Hop

Pipeline has a pair of tickets to see analog synth master Tobacco on Saturday, April 23 at Holocene. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Friday, April 22.

From our sponsors at Holocene:
w/ Beans + Shapers
Saturday, April 23
8:30 p.m. | 21+
$13 advance | $15 doors
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

1001 SE Morrison Street

Tobacco sometimes runs with a group called Black Moth Super Rainbow. With his Tobacco mission, he works alone. Tobacco’s tools are analog synths, tape machines, and deformed incantations from throats unknown. His music is a wash of distortion and melody over jagged beats. It amalgamates hypnotic, cosmopolitan pop, gritty, propulsive hip-hop and a night full of fevered dreams. It buoys the spirit, braces the nerves, and smuggles disoriented paranoia deep into the subconscious. These are anxiously driven, effortlessly smooth and unapologetically badass sounds of inner nature. The man has established a one-man genre.

Joining Tobacco will be Beans, a founding member of legendary left-field rap act Anti-Pop Consortium. Accomplished abstract poet. Early architect of electronic-infused beatscapes. Childhood Kiss fan. As an emcee, Beans has very few peers outside his circle. Within the Consortium, his rapid staccato and distinct lyrical bent — a mix of classic rap braggadocio and fractured new school narrative — helped vault that group into cult and critical favor circa ’99 alongside artists from Anticon and Def Jux.

Beans also honed his own beat-making style in the group, citing seminal No Wavers Suicide as his main influence (with nods to Sun Ra, Mantronix, Sonic Youth, Public Enemy and Autechre). Together with High Priest, M.Sayyid and Earl Blaize, Anti-Pop made four albums for labels as acclaimed as Warp Records and Big Dada, opened for Radiohead on the band’s Amnesiac tour, and broke up in 2002. Over the course of three solo albums, Beans mastered his craft, and eventually released his 2010 Anticon debut, End It All.

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16 Responses to Win Tickets: Tobacco w/ Beans, Shapers @ Holocene: Electronic-Infused Beats, Hip-Hop

  1. TJ April 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Oh, man. I was turned on to Black Moth Super Rainbow not too long ago. I’d love to go see Tobacco. Beans is rad, too.

  2. matt April 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Yes want to see Tobacco!

  3. wallace April 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I wanna go, Tobacco has a nice layer of scuz on them synth sounds – can’t confuse them with Styx, thank god.

  4. jen April 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    with a description like this who wouldn’t want to try to win some tickets!

    “it amalgamates hypnotic, cosmopolitan pop, gritty, propulsive hip-hop and a night full of fevered dreams.”

  5. Justin April 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    I heard Tobacco on NPR all Songs Considered and I’ve been dying to see him ever since.

  6. Kyle April 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm #


  7. jayke April 21, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Tobacco is some crazy brilliant electro rock. Super obsessed with him…truly. His work with Beck was dope but what he laid down with Aesop rock is superb. Maniac meat on repeat. Gotta go to this show…ya heard?

  8. Megan April 21, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    The Shapers are my friend’s band. I would really like to see them! I will cheer the loudest and make them feel great!

  9. Emily April 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I love beats and Beans! What better way to spend a Saturday night???

  10. mark bauser April 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I want free tickets, and I WANT THEM NOW! Please.

  11. Elyse April 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    This is why I would like to see this show…

    In “Deathsweater,” when it comes to flow, rapper Beans is as stylish and serious as a model making her way down the runway. What makes him particularly compelling here is how he finds the right moments to step on the verbal accelerator, then drops back in tempo without pause.

  12. Tucker April 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I’ll skate down there. So I’ll be sweaty and stoked for the show. I may be the best audience member there…

  13. tyler April 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I’ve wanted to see tobacco since I heard them on npr, this would be great.

  14. Andy April 22, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Hook a poor man up with some Tobacco tickets.

  15. SR April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I’d love to see this show! Tobacco is my drug of choice.

  16. E-rok April 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I quit smoking, but I can’t quit Tobacco.

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