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

The Coup

When: Fri., April 30, 8:30 p.m. 2010

It's a safe bet that Marxist album titles and staunchly political lyrics kept the Coup from ever going mainstream. But money and mass popularity were never part of the group's intention. Emcee Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress aren't suck-ups in the least bit. They cut their own cloth, ground their authenticity in their principles, and stick it to the Man whenever possible. That combination of earnestness and resolute independence might explain the group's iconic status. In Oakland they've endured for decades, and grown from scrappy rap-group beginnings to fronting a full funk band. Their live show always kills. This Friday, Apr. 30, the Coup performs at the New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland), co-headlining with George Clinton's band, Katdelic (featuring Ronkat). 8:30 p.m., $20. TheNewParish.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $20

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