Method Man and Redman are the Daltrey/Townshend of hip-hop—every live show is a bombastic display, their teamwork almost telekinetic, their bodies and voices extended to breaking points nightly. Method Man is the only member of Wu-Tang Clan who religiously crowd-surfs, and Redman stomps on every inch of the stage he can without making the vinyl skip. Opener Ghostface Killah is more likely to knock you dead with his words, and he’s got a whole lot of them. His upcoming album, The Wizard of Poetry, is apparently a gritty, grown-assed-man r&b album, so maybe we’ll get an early look at how the reigning master of labyrinthine crime narrative gets smoothed out. This show is a kick-off for the All Points West Festival, which, honestly, could have used more hip-hop. With Duo Live, DJ JS1, and Mickey Factz with Stalley.
Thu., July 30, 9 p.m., 2009