One of the better local concerts I saw in 2012 was an understated affair in a dimly lit corner of Liquid Lounge in July. That’s where Dark Time Sunshine set up shop and did its indie-rap thing.
There were no bells and whistles here; no gimmicks, no live band. Just Zavala (from Chicago) making music on a machine and Onry Ozzborn (of Seattle) prowling the room with a mic in his hand and dead-eyed intensity in his eyes.
Together, the guys ran through a number of songs from their outstanding album “ANX,” a killer combo of sturdy beats and super-melodic synths. It was an hourlong set of solid hip-hop that felt at once both classic and forward-thinking.
On Tuesday, DTS will return to Liquid, this time with some like-minded friends in tow. Opening the show will be left-of-center beatmaker Void Pedal and noise-rap duo Moodie Black, plus a gang of locals dropping tracks and passing the mic.
This whole show will be a nice tune-up for the Aesop Rock show next month.
Dark Time Sunshine, with Moodie Black, Void Pedal and Theclectic & Madhappy Allstars; 9 p.m. Tuesday; free; Liquid Lounge, 70 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; 541-389-6999.