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Eyedea & Abilities 

7 p.m. Friday, February 19. The Firebird. 2706 Olive Street.

Along with fellow Rhymesayers artists such as Atmosphere and Brother Ali, the duo of Eyedea (Michael Larsen) and his DJ partner, Abilities (Gregory Keltgen), was once a rising star in Minnesota's hip-hop underground. Highly decorated (Eyedea is a former Blaze Battle champ, while Abilities owns two DMC regional titles) and critically acclaimed (for the 2001 debut, First Born), the duo nonetheless took a long powder after 2004's old-school-style E&A. After regrouping for a tour two years ago and after releasing the brief but hard-hitting By the Throat in 2009, the pair now boasts a rock-rap sound that references Eyedea's side project, the band Carbon Carousel.

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