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Tonight in Rock: War Tapes, KRS ONE, Elaine Brown

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KRS ONE, one of the greatest rappers out there, will play The Roxy tonight | Photo from his MySpace

Two highly recommended Hip-Hop shows take place tonight. Experience the powerful Gospel of Hip-Hop with KRS ONE at The Roxy or explore some electronic Hip-Hop with Sole and the Skyrider Band. And we mean no disrespect to Peanut Butter Wolf who is playing at El Rey with Chromeo, but we know for sure that show is sold out (scalp away!). The Troubadour has some jazz fusion rock going on (MP3s after the jump) and you can find straight ahead jazz at UCLA.

Downtown, get buzzed with music that will make you feel good at The Bordello or feel clever at REDCAT in the first night at the Creative Music Festival. Elaine Brown may have headed up the Blank Panther Party in the 70s, but tonight the singer/songwriter/activist plays at Largo with local Chicana Lysa Flores opening. If all else fails, War Tapes is a great catch.

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Xu Xu Fang, Winter Flowers, Exitmusic @ Bordello
Elaine Brown, Lysa Flores @ Largo
Chromeo, Peanut Butter Wolf @ El Rey
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour @ Royce Hall, UCLA
War Tapes @ The Echo
KRS ONE @ The Roxy
Sole & the Skyrider Band, Telephone Jim Jesus @ Knitting Factory (see our preview of this show)
Delta Nove, Gongzilla @ Troubadour
Creative Music Festival featuring Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoisier @ REDCAT

"Get It Together" - Delta Nove

"No Other" - Gongzilla