Yoni Wolf, the primary mouthpiece of WHY?, is the driest, whitest MC since Beck pulled his foot out from the grave. In the past decade, he and his multi-instrumentalist brother Josiah have built a sturdy, chamber-rap orchestra to lift up his glum, caustic humor and nerdy, romantic longings. And now WHY?’s hitting its stride with the recent Sod in the Seed EP and the upcoming full-length Mumps, Etc. This is strung-out hip-hop for people who buy every Pet Sounds reissue.
Fri., Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m., $15, with Serengeti and Doseone, Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.