by Ryan Snyder


The best hip-hop debut to never have a proper follow-up? That distinction probably belongs to Make It Reign by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. The Bronx duo connected the frothy party rap that dominated the late ’90s with old school lyrical sovereignty and sample-centric hooks, but fell off quick as a duo. Peter Gunz made the unfortunate choice of signing with Shaquille O’Neal’s über-wack hip-hop imprint and hasn’t been heard from since on record, while Lord Tariq eventually came back in 2005 with the little-heard solo album The Barcode.

Gunz, however, has turned his attention to building up his offspring, Cory Gunz, who will come to Greene Street Club this Saturday just days after the release of his 9 th mixtape, emphatically titled Datz WTF I’m Talkin’ Bout. It’s the second tape by Gunz since signing to Lil Wayne’s YMCMB imprint, emphasizing the atonal, head-spinning, machine-gun flow he displayed on Weezy’s “Six Foot Seven Foot” as his trademark. Not for the attention deficit. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with Hi-Rez, Phreshy Duz It, Ed E. Ruger & the Iconoclast Crew, C. Pitt, Top Flight and Ty Shoffner in support.


Upcoming shows you should check out In an interview with the Wall Street Journal at the rebirth of his Band of Joy, Robert Plant characterized the band as having “…morphed into part Led Zeppelin III, part Grateful Dead, part Jefferson Airplane, part Bascom Lamar Lunsford.” The quote implied that the band was a traveling celebration of music from Plant’s earliest era, a time when blues, country and other genres on their periphery all found a common ground with rock and roll. It was his country-rock band, and Plant went deep into that idiom through an eponymous album of folky covers and live set lists containing Zeppelin’s more subdued, cerebral work. With his new band the Sensational Space Shifters, however, Plant is breaking out the hard stuff. Patti Griffin is back in vocal support, though the rest of the names may not be as recognizable as Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott or Byron House, but there is an interesting aesthetic in play. The confluence of Cast guitarist Liam “Skin” Tyson and Gambian ritti master Juldeh Camara lend a heavily psychedelic flavor to B-sides like “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” and “Friends,” but then again, it is at its heart a world-music band, rounded out by members of the Strange Sensation, the group who back the efforts of he and Jimmy Page during the No Quarter tour in the early ’90s (including Portishead live band members John Baggott and Billy Fuller). Plant may not possess the ear-splitting range of his youth, but he’s redefined himself as one of the great voices and visionaries of contemporary Americana, so why not Africana? Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters will visit the Koka Booth Amphitheatre this Saturday with the fabulous Tuareg guitarist Bombino in support. Reserved seats are $65, while the $50 Lawn tickets are BOGO through July 17.