Fri., Jan. 4, Thom Stockton
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 10 p.m., $10
The city of Stockton had a rough year in 2012 (a record number of murders, financial and political problems, etc.). But that didn't stop rapper Thom Stockton—who proudly hails from said city—from having a breakout year. His music fits his unconventional physical appearance (he sports a well-manicured dark-blond mustache). Stockton's crisp beats sound like they came from an underground Bay Area label such as Quannum Projects or Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings. His lyrical message is relentlessly positive, despite myriad self-proclaimed struggles. He's on tour supporting his recently released album The Second Coming. The bill also includes Sacramento's Chase Moore, Task1ne and DJ Epik. 2708 J Street, www.thomstockton.com.