P.O.S., with Sean Anonymous; Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m.; 2106 E. Platte Ave., $15/adv, $18/door, all-ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com.
tefon Alexander, aka P.O.S., has earned much respect since he and fellow rapper Cecil Otter formed the indie hip-hop collective Doomtree back in 2001. In the years since, the Minneapolis-based crew has expanded to include Dessa, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak, all of whom are well worth hearing both individually and collectively. Chill, Dummy
, P.O.S.’s first album since the Trump inauguration, offers less explicitly political commentary than some of his past work. The intent, apparently, was to lighten up a bit, to the degree that’s possible for the former hardcore-punk kid in the wake of some serious personal tribulations. Over the past two years, the rapper went through a kidney transplant, and also had to deal with his friend Andre Durand’s sudden passing at the age of 32. A new track, “Thieves/Kings,” pays homage to Durand, who documented the Twin Cities’ music scene and directed videos for Doomtree, Bon Iver and others. The album doesn’t feature any of his Doomtree co-conspirators, which is unusual, but does include a number of guest artists he’s worked with in the past, including Busdriver and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, as well as riot grrrl movement pioneer Kathleen Hanna. Given his fondness for aggressive guitar-driven hip-hop, P.O.S. will likely keep the chilling in check onstage, but his loyal legion of fans will be just fine with that.