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Zombie proves MC Lars is still on top

If you've heard of "post-punk laptop rap," you've heard of MC Lars, and vice-versa. The Bay Area rapper emerged on the scene with his Laptop EP in 2004, featuring tracks about iPods, copycat emo bands and his Swedish-American family. His early stuff wasn't necessarily technically impressive, but it was clever and easily approachable, even if it did seem like a novelty act.

More than 10 years later, MC Lars presents his fourth studio album, The Zombie Dinosaur LP. It's packed with more memes and pop culture references than a "Simpsons" episode—including a tribute track to "Simpsons" character Hans Moleman. The production is more professional these days, but the spirit is still goofy. Most of the tracks are upbeat, witty and memorable, with guest appearances ranging from longtime Bronx MC Kool Keith to Stza from Leftover Crack.

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MC Lars also seems to have set out to prove how hard he's willing to work while still delivering rhymes about Brooklyn hipsters and "Game of Thrones." He's opened for Nas and Snoop, played Warped Tour, given a TEDx talk and volunteered for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has some dedicated fans, considering how Zombie Dinosaur was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised $42,000. Will rap songs about Hans Moleman still be funny in another 10 years? We'll have to wait and see.

MC Lars plays Stage 112 Thu., Oct. 29, at 8 PM along with Koo Koo Kanga Roo.$12/$10 advance at Rockin Rudy's and 1111presents.com. All ages.

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