Don Johnson Big Band
Finland’s Don Johnson Big Band is an ironically named collective of modern hip-hop artists. They’re not big and they’ve got nothing to do with the former star of “Miami Vice,” but they are a band. A funky one. With percussion and a flute-and-sax man. They’re extremely groovy and unabashedly weird — klezmer gangsta rap, anyone? The best reason to see the DJBB live is their sensational front-man, the wickedly talented Tommy Lindberg, who you could fairly call “the Finnish Eminem.” But that doesn’t do him justice. He’s a superstar. If you can’t seem them live, check out their killin’ recordings (“Fiesta” is the latest) or watch Tommy and his crew on the Helsinki Metro: Ripping it Up.