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On his latest solo album, Three Eyes Off the Time (in stores Dec. 8), Living Legends co-founder The Grouch attempts to rise above technological dependence. His advice to “print it out and read this” defies short attention spans and abbreviated word count. But the Bay Area emcee isn’t completely out to lunch---, sleeping on crucial trends while his contemporaries make mad money off of online sales. The blogs. He Tweets. With Time, he simply advises us to take a breather, sit back and soak up art for art’s sake. As he reminded us in ’08, “You ain’t artsier than me/ ‘cause you speak real soft and drink Chai tea.” Emerging hip-hop artists Fawshawn and Exile are on board The Grouch Stole Christmas tour, whose stops double as charity events. Bring a gift to donate to the local Toys for Tots—something tangible the kids can hold onto. Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500, 9 p.m. Tickets: 24Tix.com
Also tonight, Breakbot! Since boosting underground artists Justice into the limelight, Ed Banger Records has earned its tastemaker reputation, representing similarly hard-hitting electro-dance figures including recent signee Thibaut Berland, aka Breakbot. In addition to remixing popular Justice single “Let There Be Light,” Breakbot produces original material blending electronic, hip-hop and funk with crossover appeal. What distinguishes this smooth laptop operator from his European brothers? Find out tonight during one of his few appearances on American soil.