With phrases like "up-and-coming," "buzz," and "rising star" consistently attached to his name on music blogs, KYLE (and that's in all caps if you don't mind) has a lot of fire power fueling the release of his debut album, Beautiful Loser, released just two weeks ago. The California hip-hop artist began as a teenager, dropping mixtapes under the alias K.I.D., eventually changing his moniker to his real first name, forever causing challenging Google searches. But Beautiful Loser is an impassioned launch, and though he had production help from the Cataracs, Dave Cappa, Carnage and more, tracks like "Fruit Snacks & Cups of Patron" and "This Is a Hit" have a disarming DIY quality. If he keeps on this path, he'll have to come up with a more appropriate title for his next album.
Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., 2013
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