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The Coup, Risky Star, Love Bomb Go Go, My-G, Kev Choice 

When: Thu., Feb. 27, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $16
Too often, live hiphop misses the point. (Why, for instance, does Lil Wayne swap great samples and killer beats for overly busy and gratuitous drumming, six-string bass solos, and distorted power chords?) The crummy live hiphop band, however, is something that the Coup's Boots Riley seems to have solved. Part of that was writing and recording an album, Sorry to Bother You, with a live band, rather than trying to do some backward adaptation after the fact. But then, Riley's rarely one to screw up when it comes to process. He thinks shit through. Indeed, Riley is nothing if not highly aware. As much as any musician out there, particularly in the world of rap, Riley is fighting for the most radical, punk-rock, anti-capitalist populism. And he challenges staid orthodoxy, speaking on panels at colleges in the midst of touring. We need more like him. Boots for President 2016. ANDREW R. TONRY


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