Hip-Hop/Soul/R&B

Brody & Choch, Shinobi Ninja, Soul Kahn, Mr. Invisible, D&D Sluggers

When: Thu., Feb. 23 2012

BRODY & CHOCH/SHINOBI NINJA Charismatic Carolina boys Brody & Choch are hyped as the second coming of DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. Though their easy charm recalls the days of “Blackenstein” fades and Kid ‘n Play, B&C aren’t ready for the rap nostalgia circuit yet. Throwing down startling and unexpected rhymes over sophisticated, loungey beats, Brody & Choch hew surprisingly close to the intelligent and socially aware tradition of alt hip-hop titans A Tribe Called Quest. “Brooklyn to Babylon,” a cut from Shinobi Ninja’s Attacks EP, is a pretty good signifier of what you get — particularly if you add “boy band” to the mix. Heavy thrash, retro scratching and competent rapping overlays high-energy blue-eyed pop rock with sticky sweet choruses. A bit of bludgeoning Bad Brains reggae and early Beasties brattiness add to an addictive concoction that’s more The Archies than Atari Teenage Riot. Sure, it’s sugary and squeaky clean, but Shinobi Ninja get props for pushing the party band envelope. (Pat Moran)

Price: $7/$10

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