Later tonight, don't miss Brother Reade, a rising Los Angeles-based duo who speak up for the little guy/gal: “This is for the strippers and the fans of the Clippers, ‘cause life ain’t easy for ya’ll.” And they speak from experience. Arguably, things could be better for the pair, whose emcee Jimmy/Major Jamz and DJ/producer Bobby Evans are two of the most underrated/sub-radar artists working today’s hit-or-miss hip-hop circuit. Their tracks have an irresistible old-school flavor that’s more playful than tough and blessedly free of tired misogyny. Rap Music (2007) belongs in your permanent collection; your body deserves to bounce to its smooth flow and “Damn—that’s some flavor!” beats. W Lounge, 358 S. West Temple, 9 p.m.
Tomorrow, head down to Provo for some refreshing Starlight Mints. Like their Norman, Oklahoma neighbors The Flaming Lips and, more recently Stardeath and White Dwarfs, the indie artists favor lushly orchestrated and reverb-heavy experiments in psych-pop sound. The Mints last came through town in 2006 promoting Drowaton, and return Saturday with an album well-worth the three-year wait. Change Remains glimmers and beguiles, venturing further into synthesized territory. It’s not quirky or bizarre or unsettling—it’s an addictive, sugary, space snack powered by Allan Vest’s droopy-sexy voice. Velour, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, 8 p.m. All-ages.
Here's one of my favorite Mints tunes brought to life by trippy muppets.