Friday, April 12

* Alison Bechdel speaks at Ukrainian Federation
* Simon Killer screens at the PHI Centre
* Triumph of the Wall premiere at Excentris
* The Black Angels, the Allah-las & Elephant Stone
* Franco Proietti Morph-Tet at BBAM!
* Jealous Lovers, Voytek and co. at Il Motore

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Do you like it when I say Rick Ross sucks?

Rape-condoning lyrics, lying and shitty rapping = the perfect package. PLUS what do you want from a hip hop column, besides event pointers? AND speaking of which, there are four shows, two DJ nights and one elephant in the Bell Centre that you need to see this week.

Finding time

Blackstreet cometh, PLUS an Artbeat Montreal piu piu party, En Cachette celebrates a year in business, Krystale launches a video, Lyricist Lounge makes a move and Nuit Blanche throws heads a bone.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

*Weigh in at Polaris Shortlist Salon
*Witness verbal bloodsport at Literary Death Match
*Check out skate films Ejkei and Breathless
*Catch opening night for Danse-Cité’s Ta Douleur
*See Alt-J rock Café Campus

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Blessings in the beat

The West Island’s David Hodges is local hip hop’s conscience. The prolific producer, MC, community organizer, teacher, showman and promoter follows 2010’s introspective, concept-driven How to Become a Resilient Garden with a lighter touch: an overtly poppy rap record, lavish with catchy, hit-worthy hooks and easily ingestible rhythms deliberately designed to take the edge off the lyricist’s penchant for deeper thought.

Thursday, Aug. 9

* New Rant Line™
* Fantasia’s final day
* Entre Nymphes and Nerfs vernissage
* Skate or Die film series
* Comedy and hip hop at Underworld
* Weird and wonderful sounds at Casa

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