Tonight They’re Gonna Rock You Tonight: Zap Mama, Cake, and Some Golden-Age Hip-Hop


Starting today, intrepid Voice intern Michael Downes will offer a daily, highly biased digest of that evening’s best NYC shows — and the whole weekend’s slate on Friday, which today is, mercifully, if you were not aware. Enjoy.


Zaire-born Marie Daulne fronts Zap Mama at Joe’s Pub. Founded as an a capella group in the early ’90s, the Belgian ensemble now performs a fusion of Afro-pop and R&B.

Cake, the polarizing and perpetually sour alt-rock staple, plays Terminal 5. The show’s sold out, but if you’re interested in procuring a tree (and/or privy to the band’s ritualistic tree-giveaways), the surest chance of admission is a $100 ticket from StubHub.


Prolific MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli perform as Black Star at Nokia Theater, reviving the collaboration that established both MCs. 88 Keys opens.

Hip-hop pioneers KRS-One and Kool Herc recall rap’s golden age at Santos Party House. Meanwhile, we recall a pertinent Sublime lyric: “School ain’t ever taught about hamburgers or steak/Elijah Mohammed or the welfare state/But I know/And I know because of KRS-One.”

Veterans of Brooklyn’s house-party circuit put on a Showpaper benefit at Shea Stadium (not that Shea Stadium, it’s a new venue in East Williamsburg). Performances by Dinowalrus, Fiasco, Graffiti Monsters, and Le Rug.


DJ Mr. Scruff hosts Sunday Best at BKLYN Yard near in Gowanus, an afternoon of blunted beats and Mexican food.