My New Favorite Group

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: The Uncluded (Aesop Rock with Kimya Dawson), with Hamell on Trial

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3

Where: Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Cost: $15 in advance, $18 day of show

waitingroomlounge.com

Phone: 402-884-5353

I love discovering new music. Not that Aesop Rock is anything new to fans of his biting, clever, funny, left-of-the-dial brand of underground hip-hop. He's been recording since the early '90s. But he's doing a new tour with his partner, anti-folk singer Kimya Dawson, with whom he released an album a couple of months ago titled Hokey Fright under the name the Uncluded.

Just know this: This twosome is absolutely entertaining, and their beats and tunes and lyrics will stick in your head like melted gum on the bottom of your shoe on a hot summer day. It's a good thing, trust me.

I dug into Aesop Rock and the Uncluded when I saw they were opening for Hamell on Trial on Wednesday, July 3, at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. OPENING for the great Hamell on Trial. They had to be good.

And they are. Their beats and naughty-but-chuckle-worthy lyrics are hard to ignore. It's good. Really good. And I hope you have a chance to give their music a listen. Watch the Uncluded's appropriately "different" video to "Delicate Cycle" by clicking on the link below. It highlights their stream-of-conscious lyrics and bouncy tunes – just one of the many on their debut album, Hokey Fright, which I've been playing non-stop for the past several days.

Now what about Hamell on Trial? I discovered this New Yorker at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in 1996. He was playing a stage set up at 6th & Brazos streets, and it was epic. I later met and chatted with him at a diner and that, too, was epic.

Hamell on Trial (aka Ed Hamell) is a one-man punk-rock show. It's fast, it's furious, and it's freakin' awesome. Looking like Uncle Fester on a bad trip, he plays an acoustic guitar with the fury of a madman while spitting out lyrics that are off the wall and downright compelling. Watch him perform one of my favorite songs of his, "Blood of the Wolf," by clicking on the link below.

These two acts, together at the Waiting Room, are going to put on one heck of a concert. And I, for one, can't wait.

Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $15 in advance, $18 day of the show.


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