Miami hip-hop duo Ghost Arm comes out of the shadows for only its second official performance as part of Flaunt Thursday at Respectable Street. With rhyming schemes this varied, absurdist, and somnambulant, it's hard not to get a full-on Definitive Jux flashback churning. FIU students Robert "Rolodex" Hodgkins and David "SPF" Golding not only have created dark, murky beats of their own in the apartment they share but producer/Dead Meat drummer Roberto Pagano has supplied some soul-soaked tracks channeling J. Dilla and Madlib. In both cases, the results are on another level. The plan is to press an initial release this winter.
One more salient detail about Ghost Arm's first show: It opened for Surfer Blood in Orlando last month. Hodgkins and the West Palm Beach band's drummer, T.J. Schwarz, used to play together in the area hardcore act Hearts Over Rome. Support for Thursday is a rumored electro set by Cop City/Chill Pillars, a Lake Worth avant garage-rock act that overlaps with the Love Handles both in terms of personnel and jarring, muscular songcraft.