After an eight-year hiatus, Dilated Peoples, one of the biggest names in underground hip-hop, is back.
Hailing from Los Angeles, this trio comprising Evidence, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience helped pioneer West Coast independent hip-hop in the 1990s, and has remained a well-respected act in the genre despite never finding widespread commercial success. The group’s re-emergence in 2014 was marked by a new album, Directors of Photography, which garnered critical acclaim for its minimalist aesthetic and return to the classic Dilated Peoples sound.
INFO: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 423-1338. WANT TO GO? Go to http://www.santacruz.com/giveaways/dilated-peoples before 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 enter to win a pair of tickets to the show.