Fri. music picks: Action Bronson

Cabooze hosts the killer rapper/chef. Plus: Milky Chance, Stephin Merritt.


Updated 5/14/2015

Action Bronson

8:30 p.m. • Cabooze • 18-plus • $26.50-$30

Since his stupendous 2011 debut album “Dr. Lecter,” Queens-bred rap up-and-comer/culinary artisan Action Bronson has become one of East Coast hip-hop’s most entertaining critical darlings. With a voice eerily similar to Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Bronson is a consistently versatile emcee who combines puckish sensibilities with razor-sharp lyricism. His latest album, the aptly titled “Mr. Wonderful,” features Chicago’s acid-rap wunderkind Chance the Rapper and Golden Age gangsta Kool G Rap. DJ Alchemist and Meyhem Lauren open. Raghav Mehta

 

Milky Chance

8 p.m. • Mill City Nights • 18-plus • sold out

Milky Chance is a German duo that has found success with the tune “Stolen Dances,” which reached No. 1 in Austria, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. The mellow-grooving song, sort of a mashup of reggae and electronica with distinctive vocals, recalls the international dance-pop of Goyte. The single earned enough U.S. airplay — it peaked at No. 39 on the pop chart — to warrant a U.S. club tour. Jon Bream

 

Stephin Merritt

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $25

As if we needed more proof Merritt is a hard guy to peg, the monotone-voiced visionary behind Magnetic Fields did not even tour with his band its last time in town. And now he’s coming solo instead on a rare 14-city acoustic tour, joined only by longtime bandmate Sam Davol. True to form, the shows have featured a 26-song set list — including plenty from the celebrated 1999 MF opus “69 Love Songs” — played in alphabetical order each night. So don’t get there late if you love “Andrew in Drag.” Advance Base opens. Chris Riemenschneider

 

France Camp

9 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $6

With its debut album on local label Forged Artifacts, France Camp wears many shades of black. Black Lips, that is. A lot of the standout tracks on “Purge” (and there are many) recall the Atlanta garage punks in their prime — from the surfy blitzes of “No Love” to the Southern swing of “Memory High” to the flower-powered “Marisha.” Led by ex-Howler bassist Jay Simonson, the quartet took a big step from previous EPs with cleaner production, fiercer guitar leads and more focused songwriting. Plus, the guitar-screaming crescendo in “My Warpaint” should be a potent addition to their rowdy live show. With Stereo Confession, Nancy’s Raygun, Daisy Chains and a Tickle Torture DJ set. Michael Rietmulder

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