Tonight! Thievery Corporation at the Midland

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It's a fine line between smart and snoozefest, and especially so when it comes to downtempo music. Thievery Corporation usually gets the ratios right, though. The D.C.-based DJ-¬≠production team of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton threads international ideas — Afrobeat, reggae, tropicalia — into its silky-smooth grooves. The duo's lyrics — veering toward the political, at times radically so — also guard against excessive lounging. Afrolicious, a Bay Area-based collective featuring former Kansas City DJ Señor Oz, opens tonight's (Wednesday) show at the Midland with a DJ set.

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