Avant garde hip-hop and college kid favorite Why? will grace Billings with its hard-to-peg music on Feb. 26. Originally scheduled to play at Manny’s, the show has moved to the more hip downtown venue the Railyard. The band will likely feel more at home at the new venue, which is more in line with the band’s style.
Front man Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf originally used the band’s moniker as his hip-hop stage name. In 2004 Yoni brought together his older brother Josiah Wolf with Matt Meldon Doug McDiarmid to form the current incantation of Why?.
The result is an eclectic mix of folk and indy rock with a strong hip-hop backbone. It’s certainly not the kind rap you hear on the radio, much mellower and even melancholy. Yoni’s offbeat lyrics are evocative and meander between deep, purposely ironic and curiously romantic.
This will be the second time playing in Billings for older brother Josiah Wolf, who played in a solo act last year.
“Montana is beautiful; I look forward to coming back,” said Wolf. “This is my favorite incarnation of Why? all of us are on top of our game, so it will be a good time to see us.”
After this tour Why? plans shorter tours to make time for writing new music hopefully leading to their next full-length album.
Why? will appear with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Railyard. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show. They are on sale at Ernie November, Rimrock Mall, at 1-866-300-8300 and online at tickets300.com.