Saury Benitez

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Last Saturday

Sat., Nov. 20, 9pm. Free. Pontiac Grille, 304 South St. 215.925.4053. www.pontiacgrille.com

When Philly's last great hip-hop bastions--the titans of G's Blackhouse, Fluid's the Remedy and Footworks--all fell victim to nagging gentrification or persistent violence, it seemed that a pitiful dormancy was forced upon the city's grittiest and most heartfelt sound. Yet a booming bass crept beneath the silent streets, stealthily forcing its way closer to the populous areas that once shunned its urban call. Bursting forth from groaning apartment pipes and back-alley gatherings, this monthly hip-hop gig settles in the most unlikely (yet wholly welcoming) of places. The formerly punk fortress the Pontiac Grille invited the longstanding Krush Unit purveyors to put down their MC mikes and take to the turntables. The threesome of Side Effect, Jason Famous and Stress regulate with a steady mix of classic throwbacks, localized indie scorchers and the occasional party banger. But what should be most anticipated is a giant sigh of relief rumbling from many patrons. With tracks like these, even such unfamiliar surroundings can quickly feel like home. (Suzann Vogel)

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