Scheduled to perform with Killer Mike and the Youngbloodz on Tuesday, February 25. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11.85. Call 480-945-5150 for more information.
Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale
Media descriptions of Dead Prez concentrate on their black nationalist agitprop, even while there's ample evidence that Stic.man and M-1 have more generous souls and broader minds. On 2000's Let's Get Free, they championed a vegan diet ("Be Healthy"), lauded the wonders of good conversation ("Mind Sex"), and on "Happiness" reveled in the finer things of life: a beautiful summer day, Guinness Stout in the freezer and a blunt between the fingers. This past November, they released Turn Off the Radio, an amusing little trifle that hijacks mainstream R&B tracks as vehicles for their raps. Thus, Aaliyah's "We Need a Resolution" is transformed into "We Need a Revolution," and Black Rob's P. Diddy-produced club sensation "Whoa!" is rechristened "No Love," giving them a chance to cap on the club scene: "I ain't got no paper to spend/When they hatin' my skin/Barely even letting us in." Easily the most incendiary cut is "Know Your Enemy," which argues, "You want to stop terrorists?/Start with the U.S. imperialists/Bin Laden was trained by the CIA/But I guess if you're a terrorist for the U.S., then it's okay." A new album, Revolutionary Black Gangster (Columbia), is due in May, suggesting Dead Prez won't wait for the revolution to be televised.