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Friday, April 18, 2008

Tonight in Music: A-Trak, Stars of the Lid, Claymore, CunninLynguists

posted by on April 18 at 9:00 AM


Claymore, Red Museum, Castle Grey Skull, Ghidorah, the Final Collapse
(Ground Zero) It’s been a long time coming. This weekend, Claymore, Bremerton’s best thrash- happy metal band, play their last two shows ever. Claymore’s death knell sounded when Aaron Yost and Jerome Sauer joined Kane Hodder. But despite two members pulling double duty, Claymore gave it the ol’ college try before announcing their end nearly a year ago. Since the announcement, the band finished writing some new material and wrapped up recording that full-length they always promised they’d put out. They’ll be giving the recording away for free at both farewell performances. Tonight’s show in Bellevue could be great, but tomorrow’s show at Jackson Hall in Bremerton will be nutso. Bremerton kids lose their shit, and Claymore’s blasts of fury only eggs ‘em on. MEGAN SELING

Listen to Claymore:
“The Arsonist of Second Avenue”

“A Contest of Oracles”

blitzentrapp.jpgBlitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, the Quiet Ones
(Neumo’s) Tonight, Fleet Foxes return from their first national tour (you can log on to www.the to read a tour diary of their adventures), and it’s a homecoming worth celebrating. Oh, how I’ve missed the boys’ sweeping, four-part-harmony-laced songs about rivers and mountains and all the beauty found in nature. It hasn’t been spring without it! But even more exciting about this show is that it’s with Portland sextet Blitzen Trapper, who also summon the feel-good vibes of ’70s sounds but boast a groovier “dancing in a fringed vest after a few beers” sort of energy. The Quiet Ones have a little twang themselves, but it’s inspired more by Pavement than the Band. MEGAN SELING

Listen to the Quiet Ones:
“Girls & Uniforms”

“Biggest Loves”

Listen to the Fleet Foxes:
“White Winter Hymnal”

thelid.jpgStars of the Lid photo by Lucinda Chua

Stars of the Lid, Christopher Willits, Lusine (Triple Door) Thankfully, you can sit down for this one. Triple Door’s cozy interior and readily accessible bar make it a prime location for savoring the rare live Stars of the Lid experience. The sweeping minimalist majesty of this Texas two-piece certainly requires a comfy seat and a stiff drink. The duo create a symphonic ebb and flow of droning tones through heavily effected guitar, keyboards, and piano that’s accentuated in the live setting with string players and abstracted film-collage projections. Their output is so symphonic and lulling that at times it threatens to fall into that dreaded new-age camp, yet their affinity for tasteful instrumentation (no pan flutes or wind chimes, thankfully) manages to keep their soothing sounds in the realm of ambient music. BRIAN COOK

Listen to Stars of the Lid:
“Apreludes (in C Sharp Major)”

A-Trak, Sinden, Steve Aoki, Nick Catchdubs
(War Room) DJ A-Trak is proving an accomplished, multitasking hustler in the modern youth culture, a world in which hiphop and indie rock are beginning to eat each other’s tails with gleeful abandon. With his Fool’s Gold label, he has Svengalied the recent breaks of crossover stars like the infinitely crush-worthy Kid Sister and, among other high-profile gigs, he has been Kanye West’s faithful running mate since 2004. On his website, A-Trak outlines his dramatic ascent in very simple and reasonably humble terms—he started young, practiced a lot, and, as a scrawny, screw-faced 15-year-old, took the DMC World DJ Championship. Generally eschewing some of the more sci-fi-sound-effect predilections of some DJs of the last decade, A-Trak is a turntablist of a pretty classic ’90s mold, masterful at hyperactive beat juggling and Herculean scratch virtuosity. SAM MICKENS

Visit to hear DJ A-Trak.


Also tonight—CunninLynguists at Chop Suey. Via My Philisophy by Larry Mizell:

Having the distinction of probably being the most popular slept-on crew in the U.S., Deacon, Natti, and Kno are six albums deep (if you count the two Sloppy Seconds mixtapes, which you should) and they show no signs of slowing down.

There are two camps that the ‘Lynguists always get compared to, and that’s ‘cause it makes perfect sense: They really do sound like the love child of Little Brother and the Dungeon Family conglomerate.

And as always, you can find your perfect match in our online calendar.

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Sing Sing with A-Trak is tomorrow folks. See you then.

Posted by Pretty Titty | April 17, 2008 8:04 PM

No mention of the Dirty Projectors show at Chop Suey tonight? Aw!

Posted by Sam M. | April 17, 2008 8:14 PM

Ahhhh and I see why -- Larry mixed it up. CunninLynguists are there Friday. Dirty Projectors are tonight.

Posted by Sam M. | April 17, 2008 8:18 PM

Can you delete everything I said about Friday instead of Thursday? Holy shit.

Posted by Sam M. | April 18, 2008 10:13 AM

Anyone going to the Claymore show - get there early enough to see Ghidorah! Heavy, technical, intelligent grindcore with a cello player!

Posted by bunnypuncher | April 18, 2008 11:11 AM

Fleet Foxes were AMAZING!

Best new music from Seattle, hands down.

Posted by Cale | April 19, 2008 12:31 AM

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