The skinny on this show is that it's a fundraiser for Minneapolis artist P.O.S. (Rhymesayers/Doomtree), who reportedly needs a new kidney. Sick jokes aside, P.O.S. is one of the illest to ever emerge from the bustling Midwest rap burg, and he certainly deserves a functioning kidney like the rest of us, so feel good about bringing your money/organs to the show. Headlining the night is Seattle resident (and Rhymesayers roster-mate) Grieves, a rare artist in the often hyper-literal rap field who takes poetic detours through his backlog of emotional highs and lows without sounding too cheesy or preachy. Over time, he's become the perfect compliment to (longtime producer) Budo's striking arrangements and has carved out a healthy spot for himself in the indie rap consciousness in the process. With Grayskul, Sadistik, Th3rdz. TODD HAMM

Sat., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., 2013

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