Although new single "Junk" elicits chilling flashbacks to the dregs of the rap-rock era, it's yet another stellar production from Twin Cities beatmaker Abilities, an abrasive bass lasso whipping up a storm. The trouble with this duo is Eyedea, who comes off like a petulant man-child, an indie Eminem without as much insight or hit-making prowess.

Although new single "Junk" elicits chilling flashbacks to the dregs of the rap-rock era, it's yet another stellar production from Twin Cities beatmaker Abilities, an abrasive bass lasso whipping up a storm. The trouble with this duo is Eyedea, who comes off like a petulant man-child, an indie Eminem without as much insight or hit-making prowess.

Local openers Alleyes Path strike a much better balance, and fellow Minnesota rapper Kristoff Krane rounds out the bill with piano intrigue and sing-songy delivery.