Tuesday, February 7

Notorious indie rapper R.A. the Rugged Man is still spitting rhymes with the speed, acuity and attitude that made him infamous back in The Day. He headlines a gig at Empire (575 Congress St., Portland) with protégé A-F-R-O and locals Wisdom, Shane Reis, Ock Cousteau, HVZE & Dilyrium, and MC 22 at 9:30 p.m. Tix: $12 (21+). 536-1095. portlandempire.com.