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8 acts to watch at the 2015 Buku Music + Art Project 

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Herb Christopher B2B Ryan Deffes
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday
Back Alley
The New Orleans producers behind the popular Kompression music series hold down this back-to-back block.

Run the Jewels
7 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday

El-P and Killer Mike released their first self-titled effort as Run the Jewels in 2013, but their massive 2014 follow-up Run the Jewels 2 is an atomic bomb to hip-hop, a rabid, teeth-baring rap record shredding millions of words a minute, every one of them served with a radioactive middle finger. The album earned universal critical acclaim, topped dozens of year-end lists, and the duo has plans for a Run the Jewels 3 to be released within the next year. Run for the hills.

A$AP Rocky
8 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday
Power Plant

Harlem rapper and retired drug dealer A$AP Rocky followed his mixtape debut, 2011's LIVE.LOVE.A$AP, with his 2013 full-length studio debut LONG.LIVE.A$AP, a radio staple with hits like the drowsy earworm "Goldie" and star-studded banger "F—n' Problems," on which Rocky joins Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz (whose existential crisis is a Catch-22 of sex addiction, which he also enjoys). Buku demi-god Skrillex backed the blown-out anthem "Wild for the Night," which appropriately scored Harmony Korine's debauched Spring Breakers.

10:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Friday
Float Den
Chicago producers Josh Young and Curt Cameruci, aka J2K and Autobot, respectively, make up the bass-heavy trap and hip-hop-influenced club heavyweight Flosstradamus. The duo coined "plurnt" (an amalgamation of peace, love, unity and respect, and turnt), which graces the title of its latest, Plurnt: The Remixes, on which the duo's intensely layered production and lightheaded drops meet Waka Flocka Flame for "TTU (Too Turnt Up)."

TV on the Radio
6 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Power Plant

Emerging as mid-2000s Brooklyn hipster archetypes and later evolving into kingmaker producers, TV on the Radio released its fifth studio album, Seeds, in late 2014, its first album since 2011 and after the death of bassist Gerard Smith. While Seeds didn't achieve the kind of groundbreaking highs of the band's 2006 breakthrough Return to Cookie Mountain, it channels mourning into bright, deeply resonant art pop.

BadBadNotGood feat. Ghostface Killah
6:15 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Wu-Tang Clan founder Ghostface Killah hasn't had any difficulty as a solo artist, with his obtuse references and from-the-rafters flow finding inspired footholds on releases from 2000's excellent Supreme Clientele to 2014's conceptual 36 Reasons. The rapper joined hip-hop and jazz-influenced trio BadBadNotGood for 2015's Sour Soul, breathing '70s soul and orchestral film scores into Tony Starks' sharp-as-ever raps.

9:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday
Power Plant

Longhaired DJ and producer Lorin Ashton reigns over arena-sized crowds on his constant tour schedule, catering exclusively to crowds anticipating their chests carved out by his extreme bass and hyper electronics. Bassnectar's Noise vs. Beauty topped Billboard's dance charts last year.

11 p.m.-11:45 p.m. Saturday
Float Den

Makonnen Sheran's massive hit "Tuesday," thanks to Drake, was named one of 2014's songs of the year by dozens of critics. Drake's remix (on which he simply added his own verse borrowing Makonnen's half-awake, slightly flat cadence) of the underground smash continues to receive ubiquitous radio play. "Tuesday" — essentially Makonnen's hard-working drug dealer response to "Everybody's Working for the Weekend" — was the first single on his debut self-titled EP, released on Drake's OVO Sound.


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