Tech N9ne

Aaron Dontez Yates, stage name Tech N9ne, began his rap career in his native Kansas City, Mo., as a youth to help him with his spelling.

By the time Yates reached adulthood, he was a key member of rising rap group Black Mafia before joining the 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians, Nnutthowze and The Regime.

The success of all his group efforts was fleeting, however, and Yates eventually aimed for a full-time solo career in 1999.

Yates’ fast, fluid and often bizarre delivery and content have earned him comparisons to other rappers such as Eminem and Busta Rhymes, but his music style borders on metal-inspired rap that often explores dark themes and hard-core influences.

With 13 studio albums under his belt and a career spanning two decades, Yates has proven to be one of the most innovative and influential rappers still active in the game.

Tech N9ne will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show is open to ages 16 and up.

Call 577-6969 or go to for information.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

When J. Roddy Walston recorded a demo in his Tennessee basement more than a decade ago, he had no idea if anyone would even listen to it, much less want to see him perform the songs live or buy his records.

But the budding singer-songwriter’s demo bested 350 other aspiring songwriter demos for a showcase slot at a national music festival.

When Walston moved to Baltimore for a girl a short time later, he was introduced to musicians Billy Gordon and Steve Colmus, and the beginnings of the Business was formed.

Combining his experience playing piano in church and singing gospel music alongside his grandmother, Walston brings a revivalist’s energy back to old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, yet manages to preserve the soul and storytelling of his country and blues roots.

Walston and his band are recording a follow-up to their 2010 self-titled album.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business will perform Monday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, before opening a string of dates for The Lumineers later in its tour. Also performing Monday will be Matadero and Pujol.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to