Tonight Tonight in Music: Club Pop with New Faces, Style Out with Alpha P, Neema
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Neema, Cool Nutz, Cancer Rising, Certified, Mr. D.O.G.
(Nectar) Neema of Unexpected Arrival is a local player. He works the 206 hustle hard. After a ball game at the KeyArena, you can find him not in the club but outside the stadium selling his rap music (which is more on the pop end of the rap spectrum), handing out fliers, and promoting shows. In fact, in the last conversation I had with Neema, he expressed great concern about the possible departure of the Sonics. Not only are the games good for advertising his events, he also believes that a city without a professional basketball team could not be a hiphop city. B-boys and b-ball must not be separated. To reuse the words of Kurtis Blow: “Basketball is my favorite sport/I love the way they dribble up and down the court.” Word. CHARLES MUDEDE
From this week’s My Philosophy:
Down at the Showbox Sodo is Style Out—a great big smorgasbord of some of SEA’s finest: Alpha P, the Physics, Orbitron (with DJ Tecumseh), DJ B-Girl, Mind Movers, the Elefaders, Circle of Fire, B.Y.C. Crew, and DJ Punish all represent, with ‘nuff special guests, giveaways, pyrotechnics, and what have you. Says the show’s promoter, Alpha P generalissimo and storied Seattle fixture Asun: “As a father of five, a performing teaching artist, and member of the Universal Zulu Nation in conjunction with Hip Hop Congress, I hope to change the way so-called ‘backpack rappers’ and ‘gangster rappers’/’hood representatives’ interact with each other, in an act of unification through similar situations and purpose.” The whole shebang is also going to be a DVD as well, so if you’re going down there, take that stupid hat off!
And from this week’s Underage:
Congratulations to New Faces! On March 1, the Port Townsend trio were crowned champions of Sound Off!, EMP’s annual underage battle of the bands, beating out the almost 200 bands who submitted demos. After a month of tournament-style battles, the field of 12 semifinalists narrowed down to three—New Faces, Man Down Medic, and the Nextdoor Neighbors.
New Faces are the perfect match for the night’s usual dance-happy crowd. Layers of staccato guitar drive the trio’s Interpol-inspired dance rock, along with Nico Janssen’s crooning baritone vocals. The quick pulse of songs such as “She’s Like the Snow” and “Ms. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” will have the Club Pop crowd shaking its hips, and the band’s mellower moments, like “You to Me,” will have it grooving to a more smoky, sexy vibe. Club Pop is just the beginning of their busy spring, with performances already booked at Neumo’s and the Comet. You’ll no doubt be hearing about this band for a while.