For $30, today's side deal gets you two general-admission tickets (a $61.20 value) to see K'Naan, with an opening performance by Paper Tongues, at the House of Blues. The show takes place on Wednesday, October 13; doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
K'Naan, a Somali-born refugee known for his candid rhymes and eclectic backbeats, is primed to hit the stage with a showering of sensorial thunder. A New York Times Critics’ Pick, K'Naan's latest album, "Troubadour," has a fresh yet familiar vibe, with tracks featuring Mos Def, Damian Marley, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. K'Naan's lyrics, which often touch on serious world issues, remain on top of his distinct blend of African beats and Ethiopian jazz. Prior to his performance, the Charlotte-raised Paper Tongues will loosen the crowd's ear canals. Paper Tongues blend hip-hop and rock grooves to tickle the brain, which, inevitably, makes the pre-frontal cortex chortle.
K'Naan's latest album, "Troubadour," was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The Boston Globe praised it, and Entertainment Weekly gave it a solid B. LiveNation fans give K'Naan's performance a near-perfect 4.8-star average.
- These boasts manage not to seem overwrought, mainly because K’naan is a lithe and nimble rapper. His cadence can suggest a better-known comrade like Mos Def (who raps a sluggish verse on “America”) or Talib Kweli (whose style haunts “I Come Prepared”). And the music helps: working with a handful of producers, K’naan sets his verses against samples of vintage African music, with an emphasis on Ethiopian jazz artists like Getatchew Mekurya, Mulatu Astatke and Alemayehu Eshete. – Nate Chinen, NY Times
- K'Naan's work is categorized as hip-hop, but judging from the sad state of the genre (heard the new Eminem?), that would be selling him short. "Troubadour," the Somali-born artist's follow-up to his great debut, is a smart fusion of influences. – Ken Capobianco, Boston Globe