Thurs, May 27, Poirier
Harlow’s Momo Lounge, 10 p.m., $10
The MoMo Lounge2708 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Want beats? Ghislain Poirier’s got ’em. But what kind of beats are they? That’s the question the Canadian producer has evaded for nearly a decade and several albums, including the just-released Running High. His music encompasses styles familiar and exotic, from the syncopated thump of hip-hop and downtempo to Caribbean raga, U.K. grime and other kinds of bounce madness. On Running High, Poirier collaborates with fierce dancehall stalkers like MC Zulu and Face-T for hard rockers like “Enemies” and “Gyal Secret Pictures.” If that sounds too foreign, then rest assured that Poirier hails from the Ninja Tune camp, a brand famed for its crazy beat classics. 2708 J Street, www.myspace.com/poiriersound.