No matter your opinion of hip-hop duo Thee Satisfaction, there’s no denying they’ve carved out quite the unique niche for themselves. Thee Stasia and Cat Satisfaction have embraced their inner nerd-freak in a manner rarely seen in hip-hop. Matching their liquid-y marriage of hip-hop and soul-jazz, the two champion science fiction and 60s psychedelia alongside a free-will soul ethos (think: Erykah Badu) and a cosmic philosophy not unlike the original black weirdo himself, Sun Ra. Rumors have been swirling about an impending record deal with Sub Pop, which would be a massive mind-fuck. Since the locally monolithic label has historically been at its best when giving shelter to weirdos and outcasts, I sincerely hope Sub Pop flies that freak flag fly once again. With Helladope, OC Notes. BRIAN J. BARR

Thu., April 7, 8 p.m., 2011

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