Transplanted from Chicago to St. Paul and then up to Superior for college, Brandon Gordon seems like he’s gotten to know the upper Midwest — and its musical offerings — quite well. The aspiring rapper has already made quite a name for himself, having opened up for the likes of Krayzie Bone, Obie Trice and others. With production ranging in sound from hard-hitting hip hop to danceable rhythm and blues, his vocal delivery as Illyrik rolls off the tongue with purpose and poise.

11pm Sun 5/1 at Pizza Lucé