Eight Gigs: Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman

Thur., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, $30

Individually, Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman released two of the most critically lauded indie-rap records of 2016. And yet together, two of rap’s most cerebral rappers offered further cranial infestations by teaming up for an EP series called Lice and Lice Two: Still Buggin’. Both artists excel at keeping a foot in the golden age and their heads in the clouds, exploring new techniques. Brainiacs, yes, but they never sacrifice the head nod factor of good ole’ boom bap. 2708 J Street, www.facebook.com/AesopRockWins.