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When: Sun., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2008

The Wu-Tang Clan’s first album and subsequent wave of solo records more than earned them the right to coast, but that doesn’t mean I’m any happier that they actually did—for much of the past decade they’ve been diluting their brand with half-assed solo joints and putting the Wu label on releases by every one of their weed carriers. But the group has pulled out of its nosedive, and last year’s 8 Diagrams (SRC/Universal Motown) is a better sequel to Enter the Wu-Tang than Wu-Tang Forever was. The dense, claustrophobic, deeply weird beats make it seem like the RZA has finally remembered why we all liked him in the first place, and the crew comes through with lyrics that swerve from far-out abstract metaphor to straight thug shit—it’s enough to make you forget all those Cappadonna records and Right Guard commercials. This return to form doesn’t mean that the group’s individual members get along any better than they did during the dark days, though—I wouldn’t put money on the whole 8 Diagrams lineup sharing the stage here. Keith Masters opens. —Miles Raymer

Price: $45-$48

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