Rapper Iggy Azalea grew up in Tinytown, Australia, where her grandma made her custom outfits and she did her own hip-hop routine at the school dance, and everyone else thought she must have been insane. But then she moved to the USA all by herself at age 16 and clawed her way from those initial WTF? years to a 2012 XXL cover—she was the first woman and first non-American to get in one of those “Freshman Class” shots—and now after a long delay, her major label debut The New Classic drops. It’s a very determined album, and a very Iggy release: ambitious and intense, powered by her reverse-engineered Southern sound and sheer unflagging charisma. And knowing Iggy, it’s prelude to something truly unique in the near future.
Wed., May 14, 8 p.m., 2014