Bars & Black Flags: JooseLord Magnus, theDeeep End, Brassious Monk, Smack Bros | The Pinhook | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Bars & Black Flags: JooseLord Magnus, theDeeep End, Brassious Monk, Smack Bros 

When: Wed., Aug. 3, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $8

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3

BARS AND BLACK FLAGS

Placing the word "bars" anywhere near "black flag" summons images of Raymond Pettibon's classic four-bar logo for eighties hardcore titans Black Flag. Despite its legendary live performances, the band was also frequently accused of bullying and macho excess. But make no mistake: This Pinhook throw-down is about hip-hop community, not angry-white-guy posturing. Durham rapper JooseLord Magnus, who headlines, does happen to channel Black Flag's uncompromising gut-level energy and anti-authoritarian grit with his Busta Rhymes-style flow, but he leavens it with a compassionate mind-set. He self-identifies as "against bullies" and packs more empathy into sixteen bars than Henry Rollins did in his whole career. Sharing the stage is cerebral Triangle rapper Brassious Monk, who spits introspective lyrics about social media and the world around him with a clever, idiosyncratic delivery. There's also the lush, jazzy raps of theDeeepEnd, as well as the rap collective Smack Bros. Proceeds go toward the charity I Gotcha Back, which provides backpacks and school supplies for kids. —David Ford Smith

THE PINHOOK, DURHAM9 p.m., $8, www.thepinhook.com

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