K'naan

Tonight's top show brings together K'naan and Wale, two rappers beloved by the teens I work with at Whetstone High School. I gave the bare minimum details in my preview, but to go a bit further: I'm not a huge K'naan fan because I feel like all his songs were designed to be in cheesy World Cup commercials. As for Wale, his "The Mixtape About Nothing" was my joint in 2008, but last year's debut full-length "Attention Deficit" tempered his idiosyncrasies far too strictly in pursuit of radio play that didn't really materialize.

Still could be a hot show though because both dudes seem like genuine talents. Fugees associate John Forte and local up-and-comers The 3rd open. This'll be at Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20.