Saturday July 16th, 8:30pm

With River Tiber

The bassist Stephen Bruner has music in his blood. His father, Ronald Sr., is a jazz drummer who’s backed up Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and the Temptations. His brother, Ronald Jr., is also a drummer and has played in the bands of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. (Both Bruner brothers shared an unlikely seeming stint in the punk band Suicidal Tendencies when they were teenagers.)

Stephen Bruner became Thundercat in 2001 with his debut The Golden Age of the Apocalypse. “It’s not every day that you find a record that simultaneously recalls the laidback sprawl of Erykah Badu’s Return of the Ankh and the bustling mania of Mouse on Mars’ Iaora Tahiti, the slick jazz futurism of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and the gentle homespun soul of Bill Withers’ Just As I Am,” raved Pitchfork. In the past five years, Bruner has collaborated with Badu and Flying Lotus, and the buzz rappers Earl Sweatshirt and Wiz Khalifa, but it’s his 2015 six-song mini-album The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam that asks the most of your attention, offering astonishing musicianship and deft, political lyricism, channeling, said (a different) Pitchfork writer, “what the soul must feel like when death takes hold.”