Arabian Prince might be remembered as the Pete Best of N.W.A., but thats not exactly correct. He did leave the group just as they were breakingthough he was on Straight Outta Compton, and you can check by looking at the coverbut he was already a semi-star before N.W.A. were anything at all. With buddies like Egyptian Lover, he ruled over the primordial age of L.A. hip-hop, when over-cranked electro smeared the sweat of thousands across the walls of the L.A. Sports Arena. And thanks to a recent anthology on L.A label Stones Throw, the Prince is awake again. The pounding post-Kraftwerk beats that powered songs like his Panic Zone make perfect matches for new music by Peaches or M.I.A. and the cornerstones of Arabian Princes philosophywomen, partying and freaksnever went out of style anyway. This L_ephunk Halloween extravaganza is the perfect opportunity for an unfairly overlooked musician to return from the dead.
Fri., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., 2008