Thursday: Xenia Rubinos, Toyo Mansi, Bobbi Rush

Sept. 29

The oft-jagged neo-soul of Xenia Rubinos found on her latest album, "Black Terry," released back in June, is just one of many records from this year—both big loud event albums and insular mini-statements—that soundtracks a busted, frayed, and just plain broken (consider Beyoncé's "Lemonade," Kendrick Lamar's "untitled.unmastered," Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo" to name three big loud examples). Rubinos quotes Abbey Lincoln's “Who Will Revere the Black Woman?” on one song and riffs on identity and labor exploitation on the ESG-ish 'Mexican Chef,' and overall, it's an album in which ideas and instruments often shove or bump into one another.  Also on the bill tonight is Toyo Mansi (formerly Dylijens), who recently released the excellent, introspective track, 'Times I Regressed', and "friends" (which probably means some of Baltimore's brightest beatmakers and MCs) and Bobbi Rush. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, $10-$11. (Brandon Soderberg)

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