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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tonight in Music

posted by on February 12 at 11:07 AM

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Super Furry Animals, Holy Fuck at Neumo’s
Tonight’s main draw may be Welsh beach boys Super Furry Animals, who have been frying retinas and massaging lobes with their bright, cartoon psych rock and electronic excursions for nearly 15 years. But do not miss expletive- enhanced improvisers Holy Fuck, who summon unpredictable dance grooves, throbbing synthetic pulses, and steady rock rhythms from a mess of arcane machinery, aided by live drums and bass. (Neumo’s, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $15, 21+.) Eric Grandy

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Wyclef Jean
(Showbox at the Market) Why is Wyclef such a big disappointment? He seems smart enough. He seems open to new ideas and experimentation. He seems to have a global perspective rather than one restricted to the streets, the hood, the life of a gangsta. He is a man of the world, but somehow this worldliness has not translated into new or good music. Why? Here is my theory: I think the global program that has defined Wyclef’s solo career, which he began after unofficially parting with the Fugees back in the late ’90s, arrived too late on the scene. His eclectic work would have been more interesting if it were released around the time Sting dropped The Dream of the Blue Turtles, a time when eclecticism was new and strange, when Paul Simon, Malcolm McLaren, and Peter Gabriel were at the cutting edge. But by the end of the ’90s, and during this decade, the approach was as cold as a corpse. Wyclef arrived at the end of a very long and loud party. CHARLES MUDEDE
UW CONTEMPORARY GROUP
The Contemporary Group consistently offers an improbable mix of avant classical hits and rarities. Here, UW students and top-notch grads perform the Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp by Claude Debussy; William Albright’s “Take That” for 16 drums; and excerpts from Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus. Fans of French Spectralist composer Gérard Grisey won’t want to miss Vortex Temporum I and II. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 685-8384, 7:30 pm, $10. CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI

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