SUNDAY

On his self-titled debut, Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope, defies traditional categorization and simply makes good music. And though Citizen Cope isn’t an album I would normally buy, I was quickly won over by its sound—a mix of political folk, blues, pop, and even dashes of hiphop and soul, all helped along by legendary producer Bob Power. Still, I wanted to be sure that the album really was special—my knowing that Greenwood likes Chuck Brown and used to scalp tickets outside of D.C. nightclubs could have possibly swayed my opinion. So I decided that I needed to add a control group to my listening experiment. Enter three friends, whose musical tastes lean heavily toward hiphop and go-go, held captive in a moving vehicle. As they lay to rest their musical prejudices, I observed them passing through five distinct stages: Denial (“C’mon, I know you don’t expect us to listen to this!”), anger (“Turn this shit off! Stop playin’!”), bargaining (“OK, OK, I’ll buy you a pack of cigarettes if you turn the radio back on”), depression (“This just blew my high, joe. I’m ready to go back home”), and, finally, acceptance (“You know what? On the real, this kid isn’t half-bad!”). The newest Citizen Cope converts might even be moved to check him out at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. (703) 522-8340. (Sarah Godfrey)