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

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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.

FRIDAY:

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.

SATURDAY:

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.

SUNDAY:

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

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