Kid Cudi performs with Chip Tha Ripper on Sunday, June 19, at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. 8 p.m., $42.50; www.apeconcerts.com.
Anyone looking for hip-hop that's free of pretension and strong on honest-to-goodness emotions would be well advised to catch Kid Cudi on his latest tour. This low-key Ohio boy, friend of Kanye West, Grammy nominee, and hipster-rock crossover star has a unique voice, as evidenced on 2009's Man on the Moon: The End of Day and 2010's even more eclectic Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. He's raw, honest, and supremely talented, so you'd be well advised not to miss him when he performs with Chip Tha Ripper.