Tonight: Nas & Damian Marley @ Showbox SoDo, Kyle Gass' Trainwreck @ Chop Suey

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Nas & Damian Marley, with Nneka. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $42. All ages. Nas and Damian Marley play the roles

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Tonight: Nas & Damian Marley @ Showbox SoDo, Kyle Gass' Trainwreck @ Chop Suey

  • Tonight: Nas & Damian Marley @ Showbox SoDo, Kyle Gass' Trainwreck @ Chop Suey

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    Nas & Damian Marley, with Nneka. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $42. All ages. Nas and Damian Marley play the roles of motivational speakers on their collaboration, Distant Relatives, an LP that uplifts without inducing yawns and rolled eyes. The wave of hype the legendary MC and the son of a legend rode into the album's release would've been a kiss of death for lesser artists--expectation being synonymous with disappointment in the music biz. But Nas and Marley stand tall with youth-oriented anthems ("Promised Lands," which mirror's Nas's "I Can," off 2002's God's Son) and continent-centric calls-to-arms ("Africa Must Wake Up"). It's not all motivation and revolution, however. "As We Enter" boogies with rapid rhyme-trading between Nas and Marley, and "Patience" burns slowly with a global influence buoyed by Marley's patiently-delivered poetry. KEVIN CAPP

    Trainwreck, with We Wrote The Book On Connectors. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $12. Backstage at last year's Lollapalooza, amidst the likes of LiLo, Joe Perry and Lou Reed, the celebrity sighting that really sent the kids all aflutter was that of Jack Black's lesser known but equally hilarious Tenacious D sidekick Kyle Gass. Gass has birthed a chicken fried steak-flavored hybrid of Skynard and Spinal Tap with his latest band, Trainwreck. Songs like "Milk the Cobra" and "Brodeo" (sporting the lyric "we've got Jan Claude Van Damme as our BroOverlord") showcase KG's stellar sense of humor, the kind which can only be fostered going through high school with Gass as your last name. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR
     
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