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These guys have the goods to be 2007's Spank Rock, or maybe even 2010's Beastie Boys. On their full-length debut, She's Mature (Free News), their ingratiating everydude chemistry is simultaneously funky, playful, smart, stoopid, ear-opening, and hilarious. The album's my early pick for livest rap release of the year, and the pasted-together camcorder footage on the accompanying DVD is flat-out classic. The Philly foursome radiate an easy charisma in two proper videos, but the live clip of them turning out a nightclub stage--complete with the off-camera sounds of crashing chairs and bottles and a club employee threatening to bounce them and their friends if they don't "chill the fuck out"--makes you feel drunk just watching it. Same goes for the basement-party footage that follows: under a bare swinging lightbulb, the gents deliver their sweaty verbiage over the lease-breaking sound of a beatbox blowing out a cheap PA. Big-name Philly heads like Diplo have already thrown their weight behind Plastic Little--an unsuspecting nation awaits. Kid Sister headlines; Vyle and the Gutter Butter DJs open. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8, $3 in advance.

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