T-Pain @ Marquee Theatre

Don't be alarmed if you hear the sound of irritated groaning emanating from the campuses of Arizona State University and other local institutions of higher learning this week, as it's merely the collective grumblings of students returning to class for the spring semester. Southern rapper T-Pain will offer an ease to the, uh . . . pain, as he'll be staging a free DJ set for Valley college kids on Saturday, January 22, at the Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue in Tempe. It's part of the Textbook and Tickets Tour, which will feature the Cash Money superstar spinning a variety of hip-hop cuts at a gig that's open only to students of ASU and other local colleges. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission to the 18-and-over show are free (but you'll have to visit www.textbooksandtickets.com/arizona for info on how to get in). — Benjamin Leatherman

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.