Mon., March 18, Dark Time Sunshine
Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $5
Creamy electro-psych textures water the musical beds for emcee Onry Ozzborn's nimble flow. Young producer Alex Zavala is as influenced by acts such as The Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and Stereolab as James Brown or Parliament. Swelling, trilling keyboards hover above skittering jungle breakbeats narrated in Ozzborn's grim swagger. Whenever he speaks, it seems like he's leaning back in dark shades. Ozzborn's bona fides go back to the mid '90s when he began rapping under his own name, and then with groups Oldominion and Grayskul. Dark Time Sunshine's two LPs feature guests including P.O.S., Aesop Rock, Busdriver and Champagne Champagne. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.darktimesunshine.com.