Since their 2003 debut Mapping the Human Soul, South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High has maintained a strict focus on socially conscious, but highly danceable, music. Comprised of lyricists Tablo and Mithra and DJ Tukutz, the group is reminiscent of Stateside acts such as Digable Planets, who have a similar awareness not only of hip-hop culture, but of that which influences it in the larger culture. Look no further than songs like Believe and Cipher, both of which revel in hard-nosed funkadelic atmospherics, for proof. Epik Highs latest release, the anime-influence book/album Map of the Soul, apparently available only via the web (www.mapthesoul.com), gave them the excuse they needed to tour beyond the Pacific Rim. Were lucky one of those stops is here. With Far East Movement. All ages.
Sat., May 23, 7 p.m., 2009