Clipping push hip-hop into the future at the Social this week


  • Suzy Poling
Thankfully, the Orlando stop for experimental hip-hop group Clipping got upgraded from an originally scheduled opening spot for the Flaming Lips (with whom they’re touring and who will be playing that same night at House of Blues) to a full headlining show of their own downtown. It’s a good thing because this hot-buzzing, Sub Pop-signed L.A. crew is a whole lot to unpack. But what else would you expect from the union of a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies, a film-score composer and an original cast member of Hamilton?

Cerebral and challenging, these avant-garde astronauts are one of the furthest-reaching hip-hop acts in the game. In both lyric and sound, they’re dizzyingly conceptual. Sonically, they take electronic, rap, noise and industrial and push it all into the great wild beyond. Their explorations are pregnant with thesis and their verses crammed with subtext and very well-read references. Taken all together, it’s a wormhole that’s hyper-literate and fiercely futuristic. This show is one of the most exciting concert prospects this year, and it’s one of only two peel-off headlining dates during their touring run with the Lips.

with They Hate Change | 7 p.m. Monday, April 3 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $15-$18