Concert Preview: Sims and Lazerbeak

By Tom Roth

Sims and Lazerbeak
Friday, September 23, 2011
Soda Bar

Back in June when I reviewed Grieves’ new album, On The Rocks, I introduced the article with an inventory of notable emcee-DJ relationships. While discussing Rhymesayers’ wunderkind, I neglected to make mention of another notable pair of performers within the indie-rap community: Sims and Lazerbeak of Minnesota rap-cartel, Doomtree.

The two Minneapolis-born artists will be performing at San Diego’s Soda Bar this coming Friday in what will be a high-energy performance. While their individual careers are well established in their hometown, Sims and Lazerbeak are largely anonymous on the West Coast, save to dedicated rap connoisseurs. Considering this, concert-goers can expect a top-notch set-list, designed to stick in the mind long after the show’s conclusion.

For Sims’ part, uzi-paced raps are all in a day’s work. On his tracks, Sims exhibits the fruits of years of rhyming practice. See “Burn it Down” for a sample of the artist’s proficiency.

Lazerbeak, meanwhile, holds it down with what the Doomtree website bills “catchy, rib-crushing, filthy” beats. The word “anthemic” also crops up in said description. You be the judge. Reference “Salt and Sea”.

Tickets for the show are $10 and available here.