While I was off getting a rental car stuck in various snowbanks (over and over) in snowy Michigan, these two shows happened, right here in Seattle, at the Neptune Theatre. First, Shabazz Palaces & THEESatisfaction on Friday December 28th, then Linwood, Detroit's finest, Danny Brown replacing the cancelled Digable Planets show, at the Neptune on Saturday the 29th. I was sad to miss both. Who went, and how were these shows?
More photos, and a short review by Victoria Holt, after the jump!
Says Victoria Holt, ace photographer for The Stranger:
OC Notes warmed up the crowd with a set of beats that started off slow and meditative, and grew to a house vibe during the second half—getting the crowd riled up and cheering. Between sets the crowd waited, unsure whether THEESatisfaction would play their own set, or if they’d come out for an collaboration set with Shabazz Palaces. Sure enough, it was the latter, and the temporary foursome delivered a powerful blend of Afrocentric percussion, soulful melodies, introspective arrangements, and synchronized dance moves. When THEESatisfaction joined in, they leaned into movements which enhanced the seriousness, and the tongue-in-cheek elements of both bands’ lyrics. Combining serious issues with infectious beats, each group voiced concerns which might otherwise go unheard.