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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tonight in Music: Rush, Seu Jorge and Almaz, Thee Emergency, the Spinning Whips, The Watson Twins, Smile Brigade, Kids and Animals, and More

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Rush

(White River Amphitheatre) You can hear it in your head, and you want it: Today's Tom Sawyer, he gets high on you/And the space he invades, he gets by on you. Own that you want it. Be okay with it. Rush have a new album forthcoming, called Clockwork Angels, with actual new songs. These songs are so-so. Kind of metal, kind of cheesy. I own that I want "Tom Sawyer"—DER DER, DER DER!! No his mind is not for rent/To any god or government. Rush were recently awarded their own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and now have a 2112 Guitar Hero game. But what you really care about is that Neil Peart has a 50-piece rotating drum set. Rush are now on tour playing the album Moving Pictures in its entirety, which means: "Tom Sawyer." So get high on somebody. Invade space. Your mind is not for rent. TRENT MOORMAN

Seu Jorge and Almaz

(King Cat Theater) Seu Jorge burst into the American consciousness with a grip of mellow, mellifluous David Bowie covers that appeared in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The Brazilian singer's deadpan baritone and acoustic-guitar strums bestowed a new, gentler glow upon those Bowie chestnuts. Jorge seemed to be sing-speaking while swinging on a hammock, his deeeep voice acting like a balm in contrast to the composer's glam camp and hysteria. Jorge's new Mario Caldato—produced album, Seu Jorge and Almaz (on Stones Throw subsidiary Now-Again Records), abounds with more covers, including a charmingly heavy-lidded version of Kraftwerk's "The Model" (it works, against great odds) and an overly sluggish rendition of Roy Ayers's "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" (sometimes Jorge just sounds too sleepy). Gorgeous songs by fellow Brazilians Jorge Ben, Baden Powell, Tim Maia, and João Donato also appear. The tight group Almaz tastefully augment Jorge's minimalist-samba tendencies with light psych-rock touches and spur the singer to soulful exclamations. DAVE SEGAL

Thee Emergency, the Spinning Whips

(High Dive) Thee Emergency have a new album out called Cracka Slang. It's a collection of modal oddities and experimental, sonic tarot interpretations. These are weirder songs that the rock band couldn't fit onto any other album, so they decided to put them together and release them as a freer yet cliff-hanging escapade. Songs like these only come from a band that knows itself well, and a band that's been in constant creation for a while. A band with balls. The music is less straight-up, more mystery. You wonder what the next one will sound like. Thee Emergency let it fly. Onstage, singer Dita Vox controls all six of your senses. She's a jaguar presence. You want her to whip you. Hard. Speaking of whips, rock-ish band the Spinning Whips open. TRENT MOORMAN

The Watson Twins

(Triple Door) I liked the Watson Twins back when they were just a regular ol' country act. There was something sincere and charming about a sister act playing stripped-down country music. But in their new album, Talking to You, Talking to Me, the twins are branching out into sounds that never before appeared in their music—"Modern Man" and "U-N-Me" have folk touches, but there are some vocal flourishes that sound more like '80s ballads, a kind of Hall & Oates harmony. It's not always pretty when roots acts try to spiff up their repertoire—Gillian Welch, to me, died the day she came out with Time (The Revelator)—but the '80s touches work on Talking to You, partly because they meld that artificiality together with the Twins' early sincerity (while avoiding synthesizers) to make something that doesn't betray their roots. PAUL CONSTANT

Smile Brigade, Kids and Animals

(Sunset) Smile Brigade's new album, Do You Come Here Often?, could offer a cure for those sleepless nights when an overactive brain leaves you lying awake for hours on end. Song's like "Mother's Day Song," "Gold in Them Hills," and "Postscript" float through the air with quiet piano, gentle jingle bells, and softly sung lyrics about fireflies and falling in love and such. Before you know it, your eyelids will grow heavy, the tension in your shoulders will start to melt away, and your head will sink a little lower into the pillow. Hopefully for tonight's CD-release party, though, they stick to more upbeat, slightly psychedelic-inspired songs like "Killjoy Switch" and "Walking Wind." Otherwise, everyone in the room will be sleeping like babies. MEGAN SELING

And there's always more in our complete music calendar listings.

 

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matt 1
I saw Seu Jorge and Almaz here in Chicago a few days ago, and it was a pretty great show. Having only moved here a few months ago, what surprised me most was that the audience almost entirely Brazilian. He rarely conversed in English. Like, literally almost not at all. But the audience not only knew every song, they knew exactly what we was talking about. It was like attending a family Brazilian family reunion, and for all I know, it was.

I wondered - what will the Seattle show be like? Are there Brazilians in Seattle who dominate the audience at his shows? Or will it be another Seattle crowd of polite Americanos, quietly moved?
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