Fri., March 22, Destructikonz
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 10:30 p.m., $10
The name alone, Destructikonz (which is pronounced like the evil Transformers, Decepticons), should make it clear: This is a rap crew with a sense of humor. It also straddles an interesting line between underground and mainstream rap. There is a funky rawness and offbeat sensibility to the music that almost makes it fall into the alternative-hip-hop category. Yet the beats are so smooth and the choruses have such infectious hooks, you can almost picture these guys on the radio. Almost. Personally, I like that they don't quite fit into the radio box. I hope they never lose their offbeat charm and natural creativity. 2708 J Street, www.facebook.com/destructikonz.