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Flatbush Zombies, The Movement, The Imperialist, and Ensemble Mik Nawooj are the players. The Catalyst, The Blue Lagoon, The Crepe Place, and Moe’s Alley are the kingdoms they call home. Where will your allegiance lie?

Monday, April 25

Flatbush Zombies at The Catalyst

After storming the digital gates with their overnight viral video “Thug Waffle” back in 2010, Flatbush Zombies has been independently pillaging the music game for the last six years. Contrary to most of their “party rap” cohorts, their live show is arguably their strongest aspect: high energy, well rehearsed, and no laptop rapping. While their lyrical content might seem superficial at first glance, these three have proven time and time again they are more than what they seem. Come dig a little deeper.

Show 8pm. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Thursday, April 28

Ensemble Mik Nawooj at The Crepe Place

With eight members, a dedicated soprano singer, a clarinet player, a trombone, a cello, and even a flute, you might think this group’s hailing as “The Future of Hip Hop” is a typo. But watch them cover C.R.E.A.M. live and you’ll see how raw and rugged string instruments can get. This Bay Area group has been turning heads with their insanely unique live band/opera/hip hop/pop live show smorgasbord. Come watch them up close and personal at The Crepe.

Show 9pm. Tickets $10.

Friday, April 29

The Imperialist at The Blue Lagoon

Where there is light, there must also be black… metal, that is. Get your weekly dosage of darkness at The Blue Lagoon this Friday with this fast-paced and ferocious metal act hailing from Monrovia, Ca. As usual, The Blue provides the best local bang for your buck, with Haunted Ghost Town, Sap Laughter, and Lungs and Limbs rounding out the lineup, all for only 500 cents. Come down and ball on a budget.

Show 9pm. Tickets $5.

Saturday, April 30

The Movement at The Catalyst

Although it might sound cliche, the name for this group is apt considering the journey they’ve been on and what it took to keep “The Movement” in motion since 2004. After dealing with lineup changes, addiction, lack of representation, and general exhaustion, these guys just released their brand new album ‘Golden’ and it’s safe to say they are at the top of their game. For information on their journey check out our interview with lead singer Joshua Swain or just take our word for it and come see a good show this Saturday.

Show 8pm. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door.