It's a fine line between smart and snoozefest, and especially so when it comes to downtempo music. Thievery Corporation
usually gets the ratios right, though. The D.C.-based DJ-production team of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton threads international ideas — Afrobeat, reggae, tropicalia — into its silky-smooth grooves. The duo's lyrics — veering toward the political, at times radically so — also guard against excessive lounging. Afrolicious, a Bay Area-based collective featuring former Kansas City DJ Señor Oz, opens tonight's (Wednesday) show at the Midland with a DJ set.