Lyrics Born, the Coup
The New Bay sound isn't all about getting dumb and ghostridin' the whip, and tonight's monumental double bill proves it. Straight outta Oaktown, the Coup have mixed partying with politics for over a decade, but their 2006 ended with mixed emotions: Pick a Bigger Weapon
landed on many a crit's best-of list, but a nasty tour-bus crash almost permanently put MC Boots Riley to rest
. After a massive outpouring of fan support, his bounce is back and more volatile than ever. San Fran's Lyrics Born has gone nowhere but up since the release of 2003's Later That Day—most of which recently found its way to his truly badass live album, Overnite Encore
—a rare thing in the hiphop world. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $17, all ages.