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When: Fri., April 26, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $25, $20 in advance
From its inception the Wu-Tang Clan has had a strong cinematic streak, and over the past two decades it’s expressed itself in a variety of ways—including the samples of martial-arts-movie dialogue that litter the group’s debut album, Raekwon’s Scorsese-esque solo material, and the RZA’s sci-fi blaxploitation superhero alias, Bobby Digital. Ghostface Killah’s latest record, Twelve Reasons to Die, takes more cues from 70s grindhouse cinema than from anything on the current rap scene: its album-spanning narrative gives the rapper a bloody origin story that reimagines his long-running alter ego, Tony Starks, as a mob affiliate who crosses his bosses and ends up murdered, with his body pressed into a dozen mystical vinyl albums that allow him to be reincarnated as the supernatural entity Ghostface Killah. The production is by retro savant Adrian Younge—also responsible for the dead-on soundtrack to the 2009 faux-vintage blaxploitation flick Black Dynamite—and it provides a fittingly grimy soul-funk backdrop to Ghost’s revenge fantasy. Younge and his group Venice Dawn will play a set drawing from the self-released 2000 EP Venice Dawn (recently reissued by the label arm of crate-digger’s bible Wax Poetics) and then back up Ghostface. —Miles Raymer



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