“I’m gettin’ too old. My first album title might’ve been too bold.” The sharper Open Mike Eagle’s rhymes, the deeper wounds gouge into his psyche. That creative tension – steadily mounting across a decade of Unapologetic Art Rap, title of that debut LP – forms the hella-meta bedrock for the L.A.-based multi-hyphenate’s terrific new record, a tape called component system with the auto reverse. Across haunted, crackling sound loops like disintegrating cassettes, the never-wearier Eagle examines the toll of a career built on brilliantly tearing himself down. Openers are longtime associates from his hometown Chicago, Serengeti and Video Dave.
Fri., Dec. 9, 8:30pm