Balkan Beat Box, Palenke Soultribe, Black Bear Combo | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Balkan Beat Box, Palenke Soultribe, Black Bear Combo 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended

When: Sat., March 10, 9 p.m. 2012

Balkan Beat Box have drifted further from the sounds of the first "B" in their name with each album, and their brand-new Give (Nat Geo Music) is no exception. You can still hear strains of eastern Europe in Ori Kaplan's infectiously snaking saxophone lines, but by and large the New York-based trio have given themselves over to Tamir Muskat's booming, stuttering electronic grooves—part dancehall, part global breakbeats—and Tomer Yosef's extroverted vocals, which alternate between fierce rapping and toasting and tepid singing. Give is Balkan Beat Box's most pop-oriented effort yet and also their most blatantly political: "Political Fuck" does some post-Arab Spring cheerleading, and "Enemy in Economy" recounts Yosef's two-hour TSA detention. The sentiments are usually right-on, but the lyrics unfortunately fail as poetry and even miss the mark as slogans: "Fight the urge to be violent" won't end up spray-painted on underpasses anytime soon. One thing that hasn't changed about BBB, though, is that they bring it live—this show will be about dancing feet, not raised fists. —Peter Margasak Palenke Soultribe and Black Bear Combo open.

Price: $21

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