B L A C K I E is making a name for himself on Houston stages. This isnt just because the hip-hop MCs moniker is so caps-lock-and-spacebar specific, either. The local rhymesayer takes on hip-hop like a slow-motion instant replay, and both rockers and rappers are watching. His backing tracks which include samples of Cat Stevens, Dave Chappelles stand-up and video game sounds are sped up and slowed down on a dime, and B L A C K I E keeps up the pace by vocally hitting the breaks and the accelerator when necessary. See if you can keep up when he takes the stage as part ofFree Press Houston
s monthly installment, Recession Thursdays, along with The Mathletes, The Goods and Giant Princess. 8 p.m. Numbers, 300 West-heimer. For information, visit www.freepresshouston.com. $5.
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Thu., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2008