Kidz in the Hall, Hollywood Holt & Million Dollar Mano, the Hood Internet, Sammy Bananas with Willy Joy All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. 2008

Kidz in the Hall were pegged as conscious hip-hop early in their career, but since then the scene has diversified some—rappers who don’t rock XXXL white tees and brag about selling crack no longer automatically get shelved with A Tribe Called Quest. Though there may be a bit of Native Tongues in Naledge’s literate flow, he and producer Double-0 have a sound and image of their own, alternately goofy and enlightening—infotainment, emphasis on the “-tainment.” Plus they’ve got no hint of the superiority complex vis-a-vis radio rap that’s de rigueur among backpackers. The trunk-rattling “Driving Down the Block,” a minimalist blend of 90s-style boom and spacey sound effects off their new The In Crowd (Duck Down), has birthed a couple of official remixes with cameos by the coke-obsessed Pusha T, cars-babes-and-weed aficionado Bun B, and possible flash in the pan Tyga. Opener Willy Joy is the subject of this week's Sharp Darts. —Miles Raymer

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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