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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, guests
Neumo's, $25, 7 p.m.
It’s 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 (Bizzie’s off the corner now, leaving only Krayzie, Layzie, and Wish Bone) from a five-year siesta and signed them to his Interscope imprint, they haven’t managed to holster their weapons (see the track “9mm” on last year???s Strength and Loyalty) and come up with tunes that don’t reek of old corpses. In short: They’re still thugs, despite the fact that they’re not. That said, Bone’s strange, choirlike sing-rapping is genuinely affecting at times, if only because it triggers the memory switch. With guests.
-- KEVIN CAPP
Eoto (members of the String Cheese Incident), Obelus
Nectar, $8, 8 p.m.
The worst thing about the String Cheese Incident is the copycats. Say what you will about their long, repetitious songs and obliviously ravenous fan base, Cheese are great at what they do and make it look easy. Consequently, thousands of fans who should have stayed in the audience picked up mandolins, hand drums, and acoustic guitars in the 1990s. They invaded sympathetic clubs around the nation, bong in hand, with loose/nonexistent song structures and 30-minute marathons into the abyss. They had no idea what they were doing. They sucked. As much as Cheese, Panic, etc., make their work appear effortless and free, they listen to each other, are masters of their craft, and generally know what the hell they’re doing. Unlike the cottage industry they spawned. Perhaps now, with the incarnation of EOTO (featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of Cheese fame), the electronic sibling of the jam-band world, we’re going to see legions of devotees pick up drum machines and glow sticks. God help us. With Obelus.
-- CHRIS KORNELIS