Finally, Boots Riley and the Coup return to New York, partying for the right to fight while our city's self-proclaimed "conscious" rappers stand off to the side moralizing. But that's how they do it in the Bay, where Oakland funk had been infusing this group's protest songs long before hyphy blew up, around the time of their most recent album, 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon. Japanther opens—but don't let that trick you into calling the Coup a punk band. This is hip-hop, and thank God for that.
Sun., Sept. 25, 9 p.m., 2011

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