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1. We've been saying it for like a year, but having these shows the same night is just stupid. Like, how many fans of New England protest rap are there? Expect, like, dozens of shout-outs to area sports teams -- and also some ranting against The Man -- when the PERCEPTIONISTS broke celebrate their Boston Music Award (snarf!) at the Paradise, 967 Comm Ave in Boston, 617.562.8800. Meanwhile SAGE FRANCIS tries to get over his little-state complex with Sol.iLLaquists of Sound and Sole at the Roxy, 279 Tremont St, Boston 9 pm $18 617.931.2000.

LISTEN: Perceptionists, "Memorial Day" (mp3)
LISTEN: Sage Francis, "Slow Down Ghandi" (mp3)


2. "ADIDAS NIGHT," a new hip-hop/reggae/R&B weekly at Europa, has DJ Rebel-1 on the decks, giveaways at the door, and short sets by some of Boston's best street-level talent. Tonight it's R DA FACT, a Worcester transplant with a new thugged-out slab of straight 'hood gully that's tearing up the concrete. 51 Stuart St, Boston 617.482.3939.

LISTEN: R Da Fact, "No Worries" (mp3, via SaveHipHop)

3. Along with his mentor Brian Eno, DANIEL LANOIS helped change the face of rock: in transforming a mulleted Irish post-punk band into megastars, he exported "ambient" music techniques from the classroom to the arena. And thanks to his work with Emmylou Harris, he should get a royalty every time a folkie plugs in a drum machine. Lanois's influence filtered down as well as up, finding followers and fans in indie's "post-rock" underground. The band most often saddled with that tag, TORTOISE, serve as his backing band for a tour that kicks off tonight, behind Lanois's new solo album Belladonna (Anti-) at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq, Somerville 617.931.2000.

READ: Phoenix interviews Daniel Lanois.
LISTEN: Daniel Lanois, "Agave" (mp3)
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