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Preview: Thundercat 

Noah Bonaparte Pais on a free show in the Pitchfork Nightcap series, at One Eyed Jacks Nov. 1

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Stephen Bruner is as slippery as popular musicians get: a nom-de-plume that formatively recalls '80s-anime feline superheroes; two solo albums skating through '70s fusion jazz/funk and postmodern R&B; cooler-than-cool Los Angeles associations spanning visionary shooting star Flying Lotus and hardcore thrash veterans Suicidal Tendencies (with whom he spent a callusing decade on bass guitar); an exclusive hipster following and inclusive, hippie-fied free-love message including a devotional sung to his cat ("Don't you know you rock my world/ Don't you ever leave me Turbo Tron"). It's reductive to call Thundercat a gateway to Flying Lotus' future-proof Brainfeeder record label, but it's not off base — and, for some, reduction may be necessary when first encountering the everything-at-once sounds that Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) and Bruner throw together. If the former's recent You're Dead! is too much of a scatter-brainiac, start with the latter's 2013 release Apocalypse, on which the co-producers dial down the aural assault and amplify the soul. "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" and "Oh Sheit It's X" require no learning curve, a beautifully spaced electro-ballad and elemental Earth, Wind & Fire party starter, respectively. Closing suite "We'll Die" and "A Message for Austin/Praise the Lord/Enter the Void" seek solace in the loss of Brainfeeder pianist Austin Peralta, who died in 2012 at age 22. This show is the last in Pitchfork's Nightcap series, a string of late-night showcases in New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Portand, Ore., and Austin, Texas. Peanut Butter Wolf (DJ and Stones Throw founder Chris Manak) opens. Free admission with RSVP to


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