Rapper the Grouch is the son of a fire-setting piano playerStu Blank, not Jerry Leebut he puts a little of both into his music. On newest Show You The World, Mom and Pop Killer captures the combustible sentiment in a hit-piece about the way big-boxes neutron-bomb the small business manindie hip-hop is entrepreneurship, too, rememberand on Artsy, the Grouch takes a fun little poke at the backpack-and-beret set over a bubbling backbeat. (You aint artsier than medont let an 808 scare ya! If youre cool with me, Ill look past the void in you . . . ) If you missed picking this one up, dont worrySony PSP puts the Grouchs The Bay To L.A. (featuring fellow Living Legend and current president-elect Murs) into your prime-time commercial breaks nightly. And if you missed seeing him yourself, hell be waging his own winter war with all-star alliesincluding violinist Paul Datehthis weekend.
Tue., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 2008