If an album title like Fun DMC doesn’t generate a damned micron of a clue as to what to expect from the People Under The Stairs either on record (album number six, hitting stores this Tuesday) or on stage (they’re coming to Pomona), we’re not sure what really will. They’re definitely of the “fun” variety, with those easy head-bobbin’, body-swayin’ phat hip-hop beats and the menagerie of über-bitchen vintage samples neatly nestled under the flowing vocal tracks that’ll raise one’s spirits from the word “go.” And then there’s that “DMC” part, perhaps in reference to the old-school-ness of Run DMC. However—Adidas, Aerosmith and gold chains be damned—if you scope the cuts of PUTS’s prolific, decade-long existence, you’ll discover that it’s an entire era of hip-hop of which this Los Angeles-based underground duo definitely pay homage and respect. And, even more specifically, we’re talkin’ that “Yo MTV Raps!” late-’80s ball o’ bustling energy that found acts like Eric B. and Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, EPMD, Rob Base, early Too Short and a host of others finally getting their taste of national acclaim. A pivotal player in the region’s underground circles, we’re hoping that People Under The Stairs—and the many tip-top hip-hop talents like them—crawl out from beneath that staircase and start getting the wreck-cog they so totally deserve. (Waleed Rashidi)
People Under The Stairs with Common Market and Shawn Jackson at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us. Thursday, October 2; 7PM; $15. All ages.