Though he's purportedly at work on a metaphysics-inspired, Neil deGrasse Tyson-aided new album, original Wu-Tang Clansman GZA is also currently touring 1995's Liquid Swords, often considered the first classic Wu solo outing and one of rap's all-time greats. A mostly RZA-produced set of bass-heavy, minimal slices of grimy NYC boom-bap, it's an album replete with some of the densest cautionary tales to ever emerge from the Big Apple: "Killah Hills 10304" details the hard-knock life of a drug dealer (the first line tells you as much), while "I Gotcha Back" is a five-minute meditation on the nature of crime. Also performing are Killer Mike, whose R.A.P. Music is one of the few 2012 records anywhere near Liquid Swords' level; Sweet Valley, the instrumental-rap project of Wavves' Nathan Williams and brother Joel; and Brooklyn post-punks Bear Hands. 18+, $20, 7 p.m., 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775.
Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2012