Tonight Tonight in Music
posted by October 19 at 9:12 AMon
Here’s what U&Cs suggest for this evening:
Benga & Hatcha
(Contour) First, much respect to DJ Struggle and the nascent dubstep scenes at Nectar and the Baltic Room. It’s hard to draw interest to something that is very far from the official cultural radar as dubstep, a haunting amalgamation of two-step and dub. The sound of this new music is an abstraction of the two-step beat that’s immersed in a haunting sea or city of echoes. Benga and DJ Hatcha are two of the leading producers of this music, which has its place of birth in London and date of birth in 2004. This show will be the first major dubstep event in Seattle. CHARLES MUDEDE
The Saturday Knights, The Whore Moans, Dyme Def, The Valley
(Sunset) It’s a heavy-ass dance fuckin’ FREAKOUT at the Sunsetóand I for one am very excited. The sound and energy of all four of these crews inspire straight frenzy on their own, but on one bill? Yo, if the Sunset had a chandelier, I would take that motherfucker down immediately. The Knights’ joyous clap-along roadhouse rap + the Valley’s sweaty psych-stomp + the Whore Moans’ heralded break-your-neck garage punk + Dyme Def’s immaculate, chest-caving swagger = Light Your Ass On Fire. LARRY MIZELL JR.
(Showbox at the Market) For a lot of reasons, most groups that try hiphop with a live band fail; this is why there’s only one Roots. But here we have a combination that just might work: future-funkers Galactic fronted by veteran MCs Chali 2Na (of Jurassic 5) and Boots Riley (of the Coup). For the past few years, Galactic have been diligently tightening up their over-noodly tendenciesó2003’s Ruckus, produced by Dan the Automator, was hard-wired electro-pop, and on their latest, From the Corner to the Block, they’ve pared down even further, playing the breakbeat-slinging backing band to a roster of rappers, including the pair playing with them tonight. It works surprisingly well as genuine hiphop, and so should tonight’s show. JONATHAN ZWICKEL
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