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Bond St. District

Bond St. District

Last year, Bond St. District, the futurist boom-bap duo consisting of rapper Unkle Lulu/DDm and producer Paul Hutson played the main Artscape stage in the middle of the day, aided by a live drummer and seemingly powered by the scorching heat. They felt bigger than that context then and deserved an audience larger than the few dozens hanging out on the hill, though that didn't seem to stop DDm, one of the most compelling and unabashed performers in the city. And they closed their set with a new track that DDm suggested was Depeche Mode-like (which was true) and proved the group was already incorporating bigger bolder ideas into their progressive production. This year, Bond St. District are part of the evening acts on the main stage, and they'll be joined by live drummer Matt Lampart and Rufus Roundtree and Da B'more Brass Factory, a polyglot brass band who you maybe caught at the last Light Up Lexington. Bond St. District will be playing songs from their the follow-up to 2015's "Everybody's So Sleepy" called "A Church On Vulcan," which is set for release this fall on Friends Records. 6 p.m. July 16, BGE Main Stage at The Maryland Institute College of Art's Station Building, 1400 Cathedral St., artscape.org, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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