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Kendrick Lamar--See Monday

Monday, December 31

New Year's Eve With Kendrick Lamar
The Observatory

Like Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet, Kendrick Lamar's self-explanatorily titled Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is about children lost to overmedication. A casualty of first-world comfort, Lamar raps of being strung out on pharmaceuticals and MP3 blogs while soporific synthscapes bleed overhead, reinforcing the hurt in his nervy, robotically pitched voice. When he alluded to "sippin' cough syrup like it's water" on last year's "A.D.H.D.," he meant it literally, but it was a moving metaphor for liquidification of the soul. Try as he might to escape in Styrofoam-cupped soft drinks with purpling additives, Lamar has too active a mind to keep it off worldlier matters. His outlook on humanity says that people are either born trapped or think themselves into traps. The Lamar of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is a self-hating nobody at the intersection where shellshock brushes up against inertia, where jittery fright meets withering heartsickness.--MT Richards

Tuesday, January 1

Daybreak Party With Kristina Sky
Yost Theater

Ah, youth. We remember when we were able to party to such epic extremes as this New Year's Day blowout. The bars and clubs close at around 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, so that gives you four whole hours to find an after party, some greasy diner food, avoid the cops and otherwise bide your time until the Yost Theater opens at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m. for a mad EDM extravaganza. Featuring trance by DJ Kristina Sky and house, dubstep and more by special guests, the Daybreak Party rings in 2013 with those whose hearts beat in polyrhythms, sleep cannot catch, and booze hydrates their souls. Let the coke flow like water. And by that we mean the caffeinated beverage, of course. --Erin DeWitt

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