Saturday, July 7, 2012

Common

Tonight @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

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With Kanye West manning the boards, Common recorded his 2005 comeback album Be, a soulful, down-to-Earth record that resuscitated Common's career after 2002's ambitious but muddled Electric Circus. Since then, life has been good for Common, who became the face of the Gap and launched a respectable acting career. Common teamed up with West again for much of 2007's Finding Forever, a respectable sequel that never fully captured the simple charm of Be, before turning to more danceable, electronic sounds on 2008's Universal Mind Control. Fan response to that record was mixed, but Common returned to the simple-pleasure hip-hop he's best at on his latest album, last year's The Dreamer/The Believer.