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Braille, Odd Thomas, Theory Hazit, TxE, Dave Notti, Calvin Valentine, Xperiment, Trox 

When: Fri., Aug. 26, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $5-7
Portland native Braille is already a seasoned hiphop veteran despite the fact that he has yet to celebrate his 30th birthday. Braille's latest solo album, Native Lungs, is his seventh and a welcome return to form. The wish list roster of producers, beat crafters, and record scratchers is reason alone to cop the album. Producer S1 (Kanye, Jay-Z, Beyoncé) lends a track and legendary DJ Rob Swift showcases his scratching abilities on another. Local up-and-coming producers Trox and Calvin Valentine are also featured, proving that Braille is still repping his hometown hard despite his international accolades. Lyrically and thematically the album is a masterful balance between playful and dead serious, broaching serious themes without ever taking itself too seriously. While Braille's Christian faith is one of those themes, it never comes across as preachy. Think "Jesus Walks," not DC Talk—thank God. RYAN FEIGH

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