Now in their 50s and almost a quarter-century removed from their masterpiece It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy would seem to be more likely to spend their time in a retirement community somewhere sunny than to be on tour detonating knowledge bombs. But Occupy Wall Street, Arizona's immigration regulations, and the Trayvon Martin scandal, among other issues concerning the security of the first world, have kept such a fire in PE's collective belly that they've released two highly political albums this year alone. Neither Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp nor The Evil Empire of Everything stands up to Chuck, Flav, and co.'s early material — hardly anything does — but both are enough to warrant that the noise they're bringing be heard and appreciated. At this point, it's hard to ask for much more from them. With X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, more. 18+.
Thu., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., 2012