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SLUM VILLAGE AT GREENE STREET CLUB
It’s an odd set of circumstances when one has to ask what to expect of a hip-hop group following a drastic lineup overhaul. It’s a trope normally accredited to turnstile rock bands like the Beach Boys, Badfinger, the Revolting Cocks, Thin Lizzy, et al. Add the legendary Detroit hip-hop outfit Slum Village to that list of bands who try to maintain artistic, but not necessarily lineup, integrity. When Slum Village comes to Greene Street Club this Friday, it will be on the heels of an excellent new mixtape that dropped a few weeks ago, entitled Dirty Slums, that features an almost reimagined version of the group. The only remaining original member from the group co-founded by dearly departed beat god J Dilla is T3; Baatin died from mostly unconfirmed circumstances in 2010 and Elzhi isn’t walking through that door. Slum Village is still its incarnation of record — T3, RJ Rice and Illa J — but it’s important to note the support that’s been thrown behind this tape. Durham emcee Phonte and his former Little Brother compadre Rapper Big Pooh both offer excellent verses, along with rap godfather De La Soul, Dilla protégé Black Milk and so many more. It’s Detroit-bred beats and Detroit-bred rhymes, and it’s begging for a listen. Slum Village will be joined live on Friday by Pooh and New York rapper J-Live, along with Swayze Jones, Veteran Assassins and Sir Plus. Tickets are $15 in advance and the music starts at 9 p.m.
THIS GUY AGAIN
It’s been a pretty good ride for Chris Daughtry. With a little over four months already on his third LP Break the Spell, he’s approaching nearly 7 million albums sold in all over his six years as a post-Idol, modern rock superstar. Problem for Daughtry is, close to 5 million of those came on his debut album back in 2006. Since then, it’s been a slow, but inevitable descent back to the middle. Leave This Town sold a quarter of that and, so far, Break the Spell has sold about a quarter of that. When an artist is promoted far above and beyond his or her talent level, this is the inevitable outcome. Daughtry is a great performer and a tireless worker; he’s just not a good songwriter, and the new album continues his trend of music utterly devoid of substance. Take “Renegade,” where Daughtry sings, “Break out of this town like a renegade/ Can’t wait another minute/ I’m right here ready to run.” Conveniently, he forgets to provide context elsewhere in the song for what it is he’s running from. You can almost picture Dirk Diggler in the studio laying down the vocals to “The Touch” when you hear it. Now picture an entire concert of that, executed with tremendous enthusiasm, and you may find yourself at the Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday, where he tries to “break the spell” of poor record sales. Daughtry will be joined by Nashville pop-rockers SafetySuit, who follow suit in thematic ambiguity. See: Their debut record These Times. So topical!
RESCHEDULED RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, OR SOLE TO SQUEEZE
There are so few bands playing big venues worthy of repeat viewings that prescribed, inflexible set lists from arena headliners have almost become the norm. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are not among the norm. The LA funk heroes thrive on unpredictability, and not necessarily the kind that precipitated Anthony Kiedis screaming out “Make some noise, South Carolina!” before their Raleigh crowd in Summer 2003. Indeed, their show at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday will feature I’m With You material, but the Chili Peppers take heavy cues from Prince’s live performances in that they work in so many awesome teases, phrasings and full-on covers that it feels more like watching artists versus entertainers. The band will work in Robert Johnson just as easily as they will Right Said Fred; “Sir Psycho Sexy” gets as much respect as “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” RHCP also make it a point to bring along great opening acts, and this time around Santigold will offer up cuts from her outstanding sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe.