Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Wed., Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m. 2017 All Ages
It took Stephen Bruner years of working as a session musician with artists like Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus before his alias Thundercat was born. Played on a custom six-stringed Ibanez, Bruner’s signature bass lines cut deep and reek of funk. They’re so good that he’s continued working with artists like Kendrick Lamar since dropping his solo debut in 2011. Earlier this year Bruner released his third full-length, Drunk, a melancholic blend of cosmic soul and comedic (though sometimes morbid) lyrics. Each of the record’s 23 tracks bleed seamlessly into one another. Although songs like “Them Changes” highlight his ability to mesmerize with modest scales and velvety vocals, others like “Tokyo” are upbeat and futuristic. “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II),” however, finds Thundercat pondering what life is like from the purrspective of his own cat, and spoiler alert, “It’s cool to be a cat/Meow, meow, meow, meow.” EMILLY PRADO
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.