With its snarly teeth and torn wings, the Doomtree logo isn't supposed to make you feel pretty, and neither is their music. Making straightforward, conscious hip hop, the group of five MCs and two DJs is not timid about telling the truth by way of fresh beats and killer hooks. Lyrics written by ruthless poets layer over and under music made to make you feel buff and ready to rumble for the cause. After years of making their own solo albums in the False Hopes collection, the crew has finally put all their raps in a row to release their first album of collaborative tracks. Like always, their shows have more energy than any can in the cooler. It's Doomtree who gives you the wings—bring your own teeth. With I Self Devine and Kill the Vultures. 18+.
Fri., Aug. 1, 8 p.m., 2008