With its timeless old-school feel, Tobacco Road, Common Market's new sophomore full-length, takes you on a journey to rural Kentucky, where Common Market introduces listeners to life through the eyes of a devout Southern Baptist farmer. Devoid of any real opportunity, he trudges wearily through these hard times. Backed by DJ Sabzi's original piano scores and fire-fueled beats, RA Scion's unwavering flow weaves this complex tale in a way that could inspire even the most cold-hearted listener- particularly the record's cornerstone track, "Trouble Is." A true hip hop concept album, Tobacco Road is no laid-back listen - rather, it's a cutting indictment of a system that keeps down those who work the hardest.
Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2008