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Friday, November 9, 2007

Tonight in Music

posted by on November 9 at 9:00 AM


FCS North

Broken Disco: NAHA, Jerry Abstract, Truckasauras, FCS North, DJ Levi Clark, Kristina Childs, Kadeejah Streets, Plan B, DJ Same DNA
(Chop Suey) After last month’s killer Modeselektor show, Broken Disco is taking this month to focus on all local talent, and Seattle has plenty to spare. What may be surprising for an electronic dance night is how much of that talent will be playing live. In the 21+ makeout lounge, Plan B delivers a live set of hiphop instrumentals and sepia-toned sampledelia. In the 18+ room, FCS North groove on live bass, drums, synths, and guitar; Truckasauras wrestle booming beats and surprisingly deep melodies out of their array of ’80s machinery; and Jerry Abstract plays a live laptop set. With DJ support from Levi Clark, Kadeejah Streets, Same DNA, and headlining sets from Kristina Childs and NAHA. ERIC GRANDY
Gust Burns/Jeffrey Allport Duo
(Gallery 1412) A frequent traveler to these climes, British Columbian percussionist Jeffrey Allport micromanages his rhythmic and tonal gestures with a penetrating focus, as evinced in his rad showings earlier this year as one of the participants in the Seattle Improvised Music Festival. Allport is here presented again in concert with local pianist Gust Burns, whose playing is possessed of both a feverous technical diligence and a cumbrous emotional intelligence. In the world of modern free improvisation, which is often paradoxically traditionalized, it is musicians such as these who maintain the music’s potentially boundless vitality and progressive energy. SAM MICKENS


JJ Grey and Mofro, Dusty Rhodes
(Neumo’s) Sweaty, swampy, low-down, and funky: JJ Grey and Mofro are everything Florida used to be, before the onslaught of AC and luxury high-rises and four-wheel drives that never leave the pavement. That Florida—old Florida—exists only in legend now, and in song, and Grey is one of the last homegrown troubadours to sing of its heyday and its demise. Rooted in Southern rock and Stax/Muscle Shoals soul, deepened by the glorious slide guitar of longtime musical foil Daryl Hance, Grey’s songs are relevant to anyone who’s ever cursed a condo. Their April show in Seattle was a scorcher; we could always use a little Florida heat wave. JONATHAN ZWICKEL
Young Fresh Fellows, the Tripwires
(Tractor) If you’ve ever wanted to test the theory that well-crafted pop music is contagiously fun, tonight’s the night. After four years, the Tripwires—a local supergroup consisting of John Ramberg, Jim Sangster, Johnny Sangster, and Mark Pickerel—are celebrating the release of their fine debut album with a release party that also features a rare show by local pop superheroes the Young Fresh Fellows. To list the Tripwires’ combined pedigree would take this entire page (and if you don’t recognize the names, you should be ashamed of yourself) but one listen to “Makes You Look Around” and you’ll be instantly smitten with their instantly infectious, ’60s inspired guitar pop. And if you can manage not to crack a grin during a Fellows show, you should seek help. BARBARA MITCHELL


Black Dice, Calvin Johnson
(Vera Project) With Load Blown, their latest album (and their first for Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label), Black Dice have comfortably grown into their third phase. What began as audience-assaulting thrash and dissolved into bad-acid drones has now emerged as a kind of malfunctioning tribal groove machine. “Kokomo” churns blown bass, coughing car exhaust, and stolen chants into a loping rhythm. “Roll Up” and “Scavenger” melt steel drums and warp tropical guitar loops; the former swarms with mosquito treble, while the latter makes thunder from wobbled aluminum sheets. On “Drool,” the band summon bird chirps and cicada hum from their effect-pedal circuits. There are still noisy moments, but this is, by far, the most relaxed, easy-listening Black Dice to date. ERIC GRANDY

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that's a picture of animal collective...

Posted by yoso | November 9, 2007 11:12 AM

Calvin Johnson is still alive?

Posted by Jason Josephes | November 9, 2007 11:13 AM

@1 - Sorry for the mixup, I dunno how I did that. I replaced it with a lovely picture of Black Dice visiting with a kangaroo.

Posted by Megan Seling | November 9, 2007 11:56 AM

calvin opening for black dice sounds like one of the best shows ever...

Posted by benny P | November 9, 2007 1:28 PM

@4 Remove Johnson from the bill and you're correct.

Posted by pete maravich's socks | November 9, 2007 8:20 PM

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