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Sweatshop Union, Feb. 12, Terrapin Station


Kyprios, an MC in Canadian hip-hop group Sweatshop Union, said he feels a great sense of accomplishment in the group's 23-track-long fourth release, 2008's Water Street, in part because they hadn't recorded as a group since their award-winning 2005 release United We Fall. And when the seven members rejoined after doing solo projects, they had a slew of material. It was difficult to decide which songs to cut.

"One person might offer to nix one [of his own] songs, and someone else would be like, 'No, you can't nix that one,'" Kyprios said. So they kept them all, feeling it was a good move for both the group and the fans.

"We're willing to provide more music at the same price because we feel it's strong and we're proud of it. It showcases where we are right now," he said.

Water Street beautifully illuminates the group's socially conscious side and an inclination to expose raw emotion and dark memories swirling in a sea of boom-bap beats, as well as a lighter side with bright, buoyant rhythms and a sense of humor (elderly, cranky Muppets Waldorf and Statler make a cameo in "High Grade").

Thursday, Feb. 12, 9 p.m., $10. Terrapin Station, 1519 Main St., 208-342-1776. For more information, visit