Its hard to imagine a new generation of confused suburbanites and project kids embracing Cleveland gangbangers/harmonizers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in the way those of us who came up in the late 90s did. Despite a resurrection of sorts courtesy of Swizz Beats, who awoke the trio (Bizzies off the corner now, leaving only Krayzie, Layzie, and Wish Bone) from a five-year siesta and signed them to his Interscope imprint, they havent managed to holster their weapons (see the track 9mm on last years Strength and Loyalty) and come up with tunes that dont reek of old corpses. In short: Theyre still thugs, despite the fact that theyre not. That said, Bones strange, choirlike sing-rapping is genuinely affecting at times, if only because it triggers the memory switch. With guests. KEVIN CAPP
Listen to a sample of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Lil Love."
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Mon., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., 2008