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Open Mike Eagle at Larimer Lounge:


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January 8, 2023

Doors 7/Show 8; -16+, under 16 admitted with ticketed guardian. With over a dozen solo and collaborative projects to his name, Eagle has spent his career redefining and expanding the parameters of "art rap," the term he coined as a shorthand for leftfield and avant-garde rap music. On ?Dark Comedy,? which Pitchfork called "one of the most compelling indie-rap listens of [2014]," he chronicled everything from smartphone addiction to the realities of being an indie artist in the streaming era with self-deprecation and side-splitting absurdity. 2017's ?Brick Body Kids Still Daydream? (Mello Music Group) marked Eagle's shift toward examining trauma. Here he waded through the rubble of Chicago's demolished Robert Taylor Homes, where several family members once lived. Part documentary and part tribute, BBKSD b? lended powerful fantasy and grim reality. It illustrated the strength and vulnerability of a community afflicted by institutional racism and the enduring pains of life in the projects. There were few jokes but decades of survival. *** Anime, Trauma, and Divorce? is Eagle's first full-length album on Auto Reverse and the most personal project of his career. On the verge of middle age, reeling from the collapse of his marriage, he probes the darkness of his past and searches for lights to guide him forward. This is the sound of a broken man sifting through the pieces while trying to rebuild, the struggle to self-critique while practicing self-care. Do you disassociate by envisioning yourself as the lead in your favorite anime, or do you reflect on your headass behavior? Tattoos and beer or push-ups and smoothies? Executive produced by renowned rock producer Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.), the album's few features include Auto Reverse artist Video Dave and Eagle's son. ?Anime, Trauma, and Divorce? finds Eagle virtually alone, doing his best to reject the humor that will not cure his ills. All is not well, but he's never been better.

Artist: Open Mike Eagle

Venue: Larimer Lounge