Smart Bets: The Perceptionists

The pair of lyricists who compose the Boston-based hip-hop group The Perceptionists truly are just happy to be here. In the years since their last album, 2005’s Black Dialogue, Mr. Lif (Jeffrey Haynes) survived his tour bus falling over a cliff and bursting into flames, while Akrobatik (Jared Bridgeman) outlasted a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. Back together after pursuing individual musical projects, the duo released Resolution last summer. The 11-track collection finds the old friends trading conscious rhymes over sophisticated beats, including “Hose Down,” which samples news reports from the Birmingham, Ala., protests of 1963 to draw parallels to modern day law enforcement woes. The Perceptionists stop by The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, May 1, at 9 p.m. DJ Paten Locke and rapper Ben Shorr open. $15. thegreyeagle.com. Photo by Dom Savin

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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