Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Shabazz Palaces

When: Tue., Jan. 15, 9 p.m. 2013

There's no official word yet on when Shabazz Palaces will release a follow-up to its acclaimed 2011 album Black Up,but it'll likely be this year -- thus, you'll probably hear new material when the group plays The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The Seattle-based hip-hop collective usually performs as a duo -- Palaceer Lazaro on the mic and laptop and percussionist Tendai Maraire adding jazz-inspired touches to the heavy, low-end beats. It's a simple and lean sound, but loud and noisy too, filled with jarring and experimental shifts in tempo and rhythm. Lazaro, better known as Ishmael Butler, is no stranger to conceptual hip-hop; he was a founding member of Digable Planets back in the Nineties. Shabazz Palaces revisits some of Digable Planets' themes, posing larger questions about capitalism, society, and race, but never at the risk of alienating the listener. The music's dark and surreal mood is, deep down, a spaced-out groove that will make you dance as much as it will make you think. 9 p.m., $15. TheNewParish.com

Whitney Phaneuf

Price: $15

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