ROUNDUP: Hip Hop Shows in April

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If this lineup is any indication ... Summer 2018 should be completely insane. Here's the facts so far:

April 6 - Possibly Human, Jarv and Mister Burns at Club Metronome. This is a freebie celebration with an all killer, no filler lineup. 9 pm. 21+. FREE.

April 7 - Mics and Strikes at Champlain LanesAnother installment of the rap & bowling series -- a weird tradition, sure, but it's a blast. This features Philly G and Baylen, the rappers from Viva La Hop, as well as sets from Jarv and a special live band performance from Mister Burns. 8:30 pm. Free show, all ages, $15 gets you two (2) hours of bowling.

April 7 - One Year Anniversary Bash with Judah Priest at Social Club & Lounge. Lineup includes 144,000 Chosen Few, Zu Bullies and Mooch Brown. 9 pm. 21+. $5 adv / $10 door / Ladies Free.

April 12 - Masta Ace & Mister Burns at Middle East, Boston MA. Kickoff for the tour at rap mecca The Middle East. 

April 13 - Masta Ace & Mister Burns at Rusty Nail Stage. Mister Burns brings his Preceding The Warmth tour with Masta Ace and Jarv through Stowe with a gang of local talent. DJ Mike Fulton will host the evening, introducing openers Drive, Jibba "The Gent" and one man rap band Wool See. 8:30 pm. 21+. $14 adv / $18 door. 

April 13 - Quanstar w / live band at Harvest Brewing, Bennington. ATL rapper / entrepreneur Quanstar will be coming through for a special appearance with a live band consisting of NEKtones members. Harvest Brewing is a comfortable space with great sound and they're in for a treat. 8 pm. 21+. FREE SHOW.

April 13 - Es-K & Loupo @ Master of the Machines Finals at Sonia, Boston MA. Five-time BTV heavyweight tag team champions Es-K and Loupo will be representing the 802 and looking for a new belt at this huge event. The competition is top notch and the judges are Apollo Brown (!!!), Beat Butcha and Shawn J Period. DJ Manipulator will be hosting and spinning. 9 pm. 18+. $18 adv / $20 door.

April 14 - Always Stayin' True Mixtape Release / Live Performance at Social Club & Lounge. A cool idea: make a mixtape for your show, then perform your mixtape live. An evening of exclusive material and they'll be handing out free copies. This is dope. 10 pm. 21+. $3.

April 14 - Louis Mackey & Dr. Quandary / The NEKtones at Basement Music Series, Bennington. Some Boston hip hop and some Vermont ... well, future funk vintage R&B acid jazz? Soul music over Pete Rock drums? They're complicated but they cook, too. The NEKtones are out of hibernation and testing out new material alongside their favorite rap collaborators.  7 pm. All Ages. $15 adv / $18 door / $10 students.

April 14 - JynxINC opening for Apathy & Celph Titled at The Shaskeen Pub in Manchester NH. This will, obviously, be "a non-stop bars" kinda affair. Two legends of the underground are back on the road, and Apathy is absolutely at the top of his game right now, coming off a barrage of incredible LPs, most recently The Widow's Son. 8 pm. $20. 

April 14 - Masta Ace & Mister Burns w / Sadat X at Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke MA. Sadat X is one of the greatest to ever do it, and he's been back in a big way lately, dropping new material and killer guest spots. 9 pm. 21+. $15 adv / $20 door.

April 14 - Starz With Barz Reunion Madness at T Jay's Bar and Grill, Waterbury CT. The Hustle, Loyalty and Respect team will be representing in a big way down South on a Saturday night. Fresh off the Masta Ace show at Rusty Nail Stage, Jibba "The Gent" and Drive will be headed to Connecticut along with BioZone and Modest to rock sets at this party. 10 pm. 18+. $5.

April 15 - Rhythm Riderz at BORN 2 GET DOWN, Lowell, MA. Huge breakdancing extravaganza, promises to be insane. 

April 15 - Masta Ace & Mister Burns at The Hive, Keene, NH. Adeem and MF Shaleem will be performing as well. 8:30 pm. All Ages. $15.

April 16 - Speaking in Tongues at Light Club Lamp Shop. Mycelium MC is convening his team for another evening of improvised, instrumental hip hop. Radio Bean's slick extension is a perfect venue for this, should be a great night. 9:30 pm. All Ages. $3-5 Suggested Donation.

April 17 - Masta Ace & Mister Burns at Stella Blues, New Haven, CT. A packed lineup in what is sure to be a packed venue, also features Sketch Tha Cataclysm, who puts on a damn fine set. Pickle Godfather DJ Mo Niklz will be spinning all night. 9 pm. 21+. $15.

April 19 - 3rd Thursdays at The Monkey House. No word yet but this is always a guaranteed good time and an essential hub for the whole scene. Props to Anthill Collective. 

April 20 - Cut Chemist at Higher Ground. A living grandmaster is coming through Chittenden to show & prove once again; we are all lucky mammals to live in such a generous world. 8 pm. All Ages. $20 adv / $23 door. 

April 26 - Eyenine, Farout, Jarv, Mister Burns at Monkey House. More details to come, but that's a promising bill, bud.

April 28 - Mister Burns with Live Band, Jarv at Snowshoe, Montgomery. Again, details t/b/a for now. 

Justin Boland