The Thought Criminals, Adam Warrock, Dual Core, Keyza Soulsay, Illbotz

When: Sat., Dec. 3 2011

ILLBOTZ Illbotz’s songs may be driven by punch lines, but this Roanoke group’s rapping is no joke. Emcees Stevie D (sometimes seen wearing a DVD case on a necklace, Flava Flav style) and Big Perm trade comedic rhymes with Run DMC-style precision while addressing such nerd-happy topics as zombies and the Nintendo Powerglove. DJ Samson, who seems to back every rapper from the ’noke, holds his own nicely with a modernized approach to mid-’90s turntablism. It’s well-made hip-hop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a nice balance. (Corbie Hill)

Price: $8-$10

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