The name CunninLynguists might seem sophomoric, but the three emcees who comprise the group--Deacon, Kno and Natti--are lyrically dexterous and socially conscious with their rhymes, making one of the dirtier names in the Dirty South a bit misleading. The Atlanta-based group is best known for their stellar albums SouthernUnderground and A Piece of Strange, released in 2003 and 2006, respectively, both of which offer gritty commentary on life in general and the music biz in particular. Their latest, titled Oneirology, is a concept album about dreams and the subconscious that benefits from smooth, soulfully refined beats (Kno pulls double-duty as producer) and guest spots from new school southern rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs. With Homeboy Sandman, ToneDeff, Blue Sky Black Death. KEEGAN HAMILTON

Sun., May 15, 8 p.m., 2011

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