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Doomtree, Open Mike Eagle, Greg Grease Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Sold Out (Music) 17+

When: Fri., Feb. 20, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
When Doomtree dropped its 2008 self-titled debut, I mostly saw the Minneapolis hip-hop group as P.O.S. and friends—the former MC had already established himself as a mover and shaker at the unshakeable Rhymesayers label. But seven years later the Doomtree collective has established its own identity. Thanks in part to its label (Doomtree Records), 2014 book (Every Single Day), and series of related side projects and one-offs (Gayngs, anyone?), the band has created the underground rap version of a “family brand.” All seven members regrouped in a wooded cabin to work on their third album, the brand-new All Hands, and it shows Doomtree’s five MCs fully in sync, tossing rhymes back and forth with the swiftness and style of the Harlem Globetrotters. More often than not it’s the speeds and textures of the rappers’ performances that are most alluring; unfortunately, that means the complexities of a track like “.38 Airweight,” a moody, lyrical exploration of vigilantism, can get lost beneath the sound of weeping synths and uplifting choruses. —Leor Galil
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