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MC Battle with Impulss 

The ongoing MC battles at One Eyed Jacks aren't exactly the stuff of 8 Mile, but they are a night full of spontaneous, eclectic and sometimes damn good hip-hop entertainment. Each month, local underground MCs battle onstage to win $100 and credibility on the mic, hosted by local rising star Impulss. The New Orleans-born DJ combines high levels of both eccentricity and energy and spits rhymes like he's set on fast-forward. His new album, Impulss' Beats and Lagniappe Social and Pleasure Club, on his own Quarter Rat Label is clever, crafty and madly funny, with influences ranging from Storyville jazz to Dirty South Bounce to Weird Al Yankovic-intelligent buffoonery. He even scored a cameo from indie rapper Bionik Brown, who's shared stages with the likes of Talib Kweli and the Roots. The record drops at the end of October, but plenty of Impulss' tough love will be on view at this battle as he keeps contenders in line. Tickets $5. -- Alison Fensterstock

10 p.m. Sun., Oct. 8

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneyedjacks.net

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