Wednesday: Young Thug with 21 Savage

Nov. 9

Although Atlanta rapper 21 Savage's mixtape "Savage Mode" was released back in July, it feels appropriate as we move into fall. A collaboration with producer Metro Boomin, it's full of somber ornate beats that mix the skitters of trap music with eerie additions to the sound —shards of post-rock guitars, muted broken horns, and more—and it all wraps up in just 30-or-so minutes. It's a strong statement delivered blithely (tellingly, there is a song titled 'No Heart'). Also on the bill tonight is rap's most interesting man, Young Thug (pictured), whose delivery is in many ways the opposite of 21 Savage's understated whisper—Thug's style is all yelps, howls, screams, and sputters. His most recent album is "JEFFERY," an identity exploration with each track named after a famous musician ('Wyclef Jean,' 'Future Swag,' 'RiRi', and so on) with Thug seemingly capturing their vibe as translated through his idiosyncratic style (another track is titled 'Harambe'). 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131,, $33-$38. (Brandon Soderberg)

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