Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Venus Rising Collective: VRC3

When: Sat., Nov. 7, 9 p.m. 2015

Received messages that this planet is in a soul slumber/Awakening is happening but at too slow a number, rhymes Aima the Dreamer in the eponymous title track of Planet Femme, Femme Deadly Venoms’ latest EP. On Planet Femme, she and producer/singer Lady Fingaz adopt a sci-fi aesthetic to tell stories from the point of view of feminine aliens invading Earth in order to restore a balance of masculine and feminine energies. The project isn’t heavy-handed with this theme, however, and avoids the preachy qualities that some people find off-putting about conscious rap. Instead, it’s rife with cheeky rhymes about partying and seduction — with an emphasis on self-confidence and sexual consent. San Francisco rapper MicahTron, who has long been a fixture of The City’s queer scene, delivers an especially memorable, fired-up verse on the track “Hella Saucy.” While Lady Fingaz’ beats are rooted in old-school hip-hop song structures, she uses glitchy, electronic textures that reference house and drum and bass. Femme Deadly Venoms performs on Saturday, November 7 at VCR3, a showcase of female musical talent that Venus Rising Collective puts on at Legionnaire Saloon. — Nastia Voynovskaya

Price: $5, $7

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