James Geisler writes, performs and records hip-hop music from his home studio. His sing-song style of rhyming may come off more like airy jazz than so-called gangsta rap, but his lyrics carry an intellectual edge not heard in these parts since early Crew Jones releases. Songs from his Soundcloud page like “Under Me” and “Keeping it Cool” are good examples of a young artist coming into his own while confidently wielding enough fun, smart and catchy parts to entertain both indie-hipsters and the hardcore beat boys. And if that isn’t impressive enough, he also volunteers his free time helping students at the Music Resource Center.

9:30pm Fri 5/6 at Legacy Glassworks