Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night. i

Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night.

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Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night.

Public Enemy performs at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J., on Sunday night.

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All Tomorrow's Parties

Public Enemy In Concert: ATP Festival 2011

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Don't call Public Enemy a nostalgia act. Yes, the long-running hip-hop group still makes albums, still tours, still gives a damn. But, more importantly, Public Enemy proved to be current at All Tomorrow's Parties in Asbury Park, N.J. That's a funny thing to say about a two-hour set centered on the performance of a 20-year-old classic album, Fear of a Black Planet. But, when remixed and recontextualized, those songs were just a launching pad for one of the most entertaining sets of the weekend. With never a dull moment, Chuck D and Flavor Flav ran around the stage like young kids at a punk show. Simply put, Public Enemy still brings it.

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