Digable Planets are well acquainted with how fickle the music business can be. After a spike in popularity and a Grammy award in 1993, the jazzy hip-hop group disbanded the very next year after rap (and its fans) took a turn for the tougher; guns and blunts were in, while social awareness turned passé overnight. Fast-forward 15 years (an eternity in terms of pop music), and members Doodlebug and Butterfly seem confident about their rightful place in the rap pantheon, knocking layers of dust off of the Digable Planets name for a reunion tour—but one that won't include female cohort Ladybug. Will a shorthanded group be enough? Fans who have waited years to see the Planets perform will have the final say, but the combined power of nostalgia and the group's mastery of chilled-out funk could prove to be a subtly overwhelming force, a reminder that newer does not always mean better. With Yoni, John Wayne and the Pain, and Desdamona. 18+. (Photo by Badagnani)
Thu., Nov. 12, 8:30 p.m., 2009
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