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Picking Bigger Weapons

February 21, 2008

There are bands with bad luck, and then there is the Coup. The scathing leftist hip-hop project from the Bay Area rapper Boots Riley has released an album with cover art depicting an exploding World Trade Center immediately before 9/11, endured a bus crash that destroyed most of their gear and been harassed by police for Riley's "crime" of driving to a party with Altoids in his car. Still, Riley's brutally witty lyrics (one track is called "5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O.", and details such) and insistent funk rhythms have enough swing to combat any oppressor. 7 p.m. Sat., Crash Mansion. $18. (213) 747-0999

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