Event Pick: Soul Cannon, :3lON, D.Y.Y.O and Nina Gala play Ottobar

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Soul Cannon. Image via Facebook.

Soul Cannon labels its genre as “Experimental/Hip-Hop (from the future),” and that’s pretty apt, with the band’s sound melding hip-hop, jazz, avant-garde music, indie rock and much more. Among other accolades, they’re one of the only bands in town that can count a current city councilman, Ryan Dorsey, as a former member. On Instagram, MC Eze Jackson is promising some new material, so it’ll be interesting to see the band’s latest concoction.

But really, a lot of the music on tonight’s bill feels like it’s tapping into some distant place, from the alien R&B crooning :3lON to the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pastiche of Afrofuturist rapper D.Y.Y.O to the experimental folk of Nina Gala. From top to bottom, the lineup packs in a bunch of sounds without being beholden to any one influence or genre.

9 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $10.

Brandon Weigel

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