Remember when multicolored sneakers, shiny gold grills and the sonic trappings of classic rock came together to usher in what has now lost all novelty: the rock-and-rap group? This was a movement so strange, so antithetical, so extreme that it needed messiahs of the likes of Kid Rock and Pharrel Williams to keep the world of fusion tunes from spinning off the post-meaningful MTV-generation map. And together, what a fortuitous (i.e., commercially successful) pairing those two worlds proved. Join Chicago intelli-rapper and sometime actor (he appeared in American Gangster ) Common as he teams up with hip-hop alt-rockers and hipsterati darlings N*E*R*D to bring the jams to the jam-less.
Mon., Sept. 15, 8 p.m., 2008