All in the Fam

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 2, 2010

"College kids can especially be frustrating when you're trying to promote a show," says shag-topped Fameless backbone and engineer EJ3 Robot, a West Palm Beach native who performs "live improvisational dance music" and produces for partyboobytrap and Time Crisis. "If I say we do electronic dance music, they say, 'You mean like Moby and Justice?' And as far as hip-hop goes, the only thing anybody knows is Kanye West, and that's definitely not what we do."

All the better. Fameless's music, which is infinitely dynamic and, believe it or not, melodically accessible, is perhaps the most interesting hip-hop popping in the Hub right now, and it fits well into a New England canon that includes such anomalous talents as Alias in Portland, Sage Francis in Providence, and Ceschi in New Haven. Virtue: "There are people everywhere who are doing similar stuff, but there hasn't been a strong presence here of that kind of underground hip-hop for a while. None of that really concerns any of us, though — it's not like we sit around and talk about what mold we fit in."

FAMELESS FAM | Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave, Boston | July 6 at 10 pm | $5 | 617.351.2665 or

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