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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tonight in Music

posted by on December 13 at 11:05 AM


Club Pop: Panther, Copy, DJs Colby & Glitterpants
(Chop Suey) For a long time, it was tempting to dismiss Panther as a joke band. Charlie Salas-Humara was flexing his serious musical muscles with keyboard-driven prog-punk band The Planet The, and Panther was his outlet for oblique falsetto squealing, preprogrammed electro funk, and ridiculous dance moves. Then, The Planet The quietly folded, and Panther, over the years, has grown into a duo, adding live drumming and some serious echo-chamber delay to Salas-Humara’s vocals. The effect is less beatbox funk and more tribal psych jam, but with the same badass dance moves. Fellow Portlander Copy constructs nostalgic electronic instrumentals using vintage samples and one expertly wielded keytar. His most recent album, Hair Guitar, is a surprisingly rich record, full of deeply resonant melodies and club-ready rhythms. ERIC GRANDY


Waves of the Mind, Gabriel Teodros, Abyssinian Creole, Yirim Seck, Rajni Eddins, Sista Hailstorm, King Khazm, Julie C., Project Mayhem, DJs Elefaders & B-Girl
(Nectar) Readers of The Stranger will no doubt be familiar with tonight’s second opening act, Gabriel Teodros. Teodros’s debut full-length, Lovework, which Charles Mudede hailed as “aggressively feminist” and “a gorgeous work of hiphop,” was a landmark record in a year of big 206 hiphop releases. Perhaps less familiar are headliners Waves of the Mind, a trio of MCs—Inkubiz, Mic Flont, and Khanfidenz—and producer Phreewil, representing local crew the Mind Movers. Their production brims with dark soul samples, and their delivery varies MC to MC, from lazy rasp to agile double-time to jumbled, slightly off-beat multisyllabics. Of the four tracks posted on their website, “Future Generation,” with its electronic buzz and anthemic chorus, is the clear standout. Teodros also appears with Abyssinian Creole, where his casual, conscious flow is offset by Khingz’s smart, breathless swagger. ERIC GRANDY

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I have a huge crush on Panther. I probably shouldn't write that on a blog.

Posted by Ari Spool | December 13, 2007 11:09 AM

Too late! I'm tellin'!

Posted by Sex Panther (68% Of The Time It Works Every Time) | December 13, 2007 11:30 AM

Maybe you guys could get married

Posted by Michael Yuasa | December 13, 2007 11:32 AM

Damn, that's alot of Ross Dress For Less hiphop gear in one picture. There's like $27 worth of it in that picture alone.

Posted by Hi-Five Mike | December 13, 2007 11:34 AM

Michael-help a sister out!

Posted by Ari Spool | December 13, 2007 11:53 AM

The Waves of the Mind show sounds exhausting. So many acts! TOO many. Should be a cool show but srsly

Posted by Katelyn | December 13, 2007 12:40 PM

Indie rappers need to learn the less is more principal.

Hour long sets, 8 acts per bill and 19 songs per album?

Posted by Whatever, Springsteen | December 13, 2007 1:06 PM

I think a lot of them already know that principle, but the promise of even a little exposure is too alluring to pass up for the not-yet-huge groups. Tis confusing for the show-goers though, how are we supposed to keep everyone straight?

Posted by Katelyn | December 13, 2007 1:15 PM

Please stop holding your package on stage. Please!

Posted by balls | December 13, 2007 2:45 PM

@8 - No, that's a kind hearted, mitigating sentiment and I like it when people assume the best of others but I'm affraid you're mistaken here. Seattle is a very, very easy town to get booked in. Hip Hop is booming here right now and I see up and comers out playing 1 to 2 nights a week. Every show I've seen at Nectar is a free for all where I can't be bothered to figure out what's happening on stage.

@ 9 - Now that's a fine hiphop tradition. Just let it be.

Posted by Standin' On Stage And I'm Holdin' My Nuts | December 13, 2007 3:04 PM

LOL @ being mad at cats grabbin their nuts, there's only one response for that!
(grabs nuts somethin' awful)

Posted by lar | December 13, 2007 3:22 PM

Of all the hip-hop Eric could've ever covered, he chose this show?!? Doesn't matter I guess, The Mind Movers have been consistently paying their dues, and deserve props from The Stranger. Them's my boys!

Still, you realize this isn't a techno show, right? People should take note when a reviewer ventures out of his listening comfort zone, and actually highlights a band outside of the genre he covers the other 85% of the time.

Fuck it.

Who are you, and what've you done with the *real* Eric? ;)

Posted by godsactionfigure | December 13, 2007 10:18 PM

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