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People Under the Stairs Play The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday

January 19th, 2010

People Under the Stairs came together when Mike Turner (Double K) and Chris Portugal (Thes One) met in mid-’90s Los Angeles and formed one of underground hip-hop’s most preeminent groups. Their relaxed sense of humor and a reliance on jazzy beats set them apart from their contemporaries. They’ve become well known for their live performances, and they continue to release new material, putting out seven full-length albums—beginning with their debut, The Next Step—since 1998. People Under the Stairs are currently amidst a U.S. tour, which brings them to The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night (with Grieves with Budo and Kenan Bell opening). See them, above, playing “Acid Raindrops” and then head to the Lower East Side this weekend to find out why their tagline is “we make people dance.”