Tonight in Music
posted by January 12 at 15:45 PMon
Data Breaker says:
KJ SAWKA, EMILIA
Every enlightened Seattleite should know this, but to reiterate: KJ Sawka play live drum ‘n’ bass powered by the phenomenally dexterous drummer Kevin Sawka. You have to see this quicksilver rhythm demon to believe him—and then you’re still awestruck afterward. Sawka’s band complements the dramatically dynamic beats with memorable melodies and sensual textures. Emilia is a New Orleans transplant who pours vocal honey over sophisticated breakbeat-oriented compositions. Her band includes Sawka, keyboardist Kent Halvorsen, and guitarist Michael Queyrouze. Emilia’s TJ Rehmi—produced album, Burning in the Sun, is coming out this year on 5 Point Records. With Dabouge. Nectar, 412 N 36th St, 632-2020, 9 pm—2 am, $6, 21+.
Up & Coming says:
CANCER RISING, NITE OWLS, MURDER DICE
(Comet) Finally—a hiphop show at the Vomit! I mean, the Comet. I love, love, love seeing shows here—bands right on the floor, right in your face. Be sure to get there in time to see Oldominion’s newest hotshots, the Nite Owls, comprising Seattle’s premier beat-builder, Mr. Hill; rapper and comedian Barfly; and now, just added, Sir Gatsby from Cancer Rising. The self-titled Nite Owls disc is one of my absolute favorites from 2006. I can only imagine that the addition of rappin’ by Gatsby is going to make them pretty much invincible in ‘07. And since all the fun hiphop shows always seem to be in the South End, downtown, or Fremont, all you Capitol Hillbilly heads really need to stumble over to 922 E Pike and check this out. This year, we need more Mr. Hill in Capitol Hill—we really, really do. Whoop! KELLY O
HERMAN JOLLY OF SUNSET VALLEY, BRENT AMAKER AND THE RODEO, DIRTY BIRDS
(Jules Maes) Like Robyn Hitchcock, former Sunset Valley frontman (and current Seattle resident) Herman Jolly has a knack for writing wonderfully off-kilter yet oddly beautiful pop songs—the kind that are so distinctive they’d sound strange and slightly forced coming from anyone else, but fit his faintly cracked voice and tilted worldview to a T. He’s returned to performing under his own name after disbanding his short-lived project Lake Society (although he’s joined onstage by a rhythm section) and he’s got a new album coming out really soon, so hopefully ‘07 will see this talented feller get the recognition he deserves. BARBARA MITCHELL
Also, a new episode of Setlist is posted—click here to hear the Hands, Grand Hallway, Lesbian, the Old Haunts, In the Empty City, Hot Rollers, the Drop, and more.