Big Boi

Updated 11/15/2012

Friday gigs: OutKast MC sparks the party at Epic ahead of his sophomore solo joint.

Big Boi
Photo provided by Def Jam Records


10 p.m. • Epic • 18-plus • $30

One of the best Instagram users around, Big Boi also remains one of the top voices of Southern rap. The grittier half of beloved Atlanta duo OutKast -- "Rosa Parks," "Ms. Jackson" and "The Way You Move" were among his signature tunes -- the real-life Antwan Patton was supposed to drop his second solo album next week, but it has been delayed until Dec. 11. Titled "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," the record features a damn infectious debut single with Kelly Rowland ("Mama Told Me") plus such unlikely guests as the rock group Little Dragon and Phantogram singer Sarah Barthel. Already treated to his memorable set at Soundset last year, Twin Cities fans will get a little album preview this time out. The local spinmasters of Get Cryphy open. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER


10 p.m. • Memory Lanes • 18-plus • free

Worlds away from her previous gig in Chastity Brown's band, Nikki Schultz fronts a stormy, hard-rocking new quintet called the Discord Syndicate, also featuring drummer Aaron LeMay (Mark Mallman) and some other experienced dudes. They're playing Memory Lanes on Friday with Nightosaur and Frankincense to tout a debut EP, "Mergers and Acquisitions," reminiscent of Concrete Blonde and the Heartless Bastards' heaviest stuff. C.R.


10 p.m. • Turf Club • $7

One of the stormiest bands in town -- with one of the most in-demand local drummers, Ian Prince -- Story of the Sea finally has finished its first album in four years, a self-titled double-LP split between 10 instrumentals and 10 B-sides. The instrumentals are especially bombastic and enticing. Think: Trail of Dead without the grating vocals. SotS's release party is Friday at the Turf with the Life and Times, ex-members of Shiner. Two Harbors also performs. C.R.