Even if last year's Eskimo Snow merely feels like a tacked-on appendix to the flawless Alopecia, we are still witnessing greatness at work with Why? The Bay Area hiphop—but not really hiphop—outfit, like so much of their Anticon brethren, do their finest work deconstructing the genre and existing on the outer fringes, borrowing from the beat and rhyme structure sparingly along the way. A better singer than rapper, Yoni Wolf drops a dizzying amount of quotable refrains—all worthy of scribbling on your Trapper Keeper in an unabashed act of fandom—placing him in that rarified air of lyricists that constantly make you pause/rewind/re-listen to unearth the layered brilliance of their songs. Soon you will agree with what Why? followers have known for years: Yoni Wolf is still the only proper noun that you'll ever need. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"