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Friday, October 10, 2008

Tonight in Music: Black Kids, AFCGT, Truckasauras, Camp Lo, Laptop Battle

posted by on October 10 at 11:28 AM

Tonight is the annual Laptop Battle at Nectar Lounge and in this week’s Data Breaker Dave Segal says the event “has become a high-adrenaline highlight of the electronic-music calendar.”

If you’re in the mood for some hiphop, Larry Mizell suggests you check out Camp Lo at War Room: “Seattle hiphoppers argue about everyfuckinthing. Sports, politics, and of course music. But in my (vast and all-knowing) experience, if there’s one piece of music that 99.9 percent of the average heads from the ‘6 can agree on, it’s Uptown Saturday Night, the classic 1997 debut from the Boogie Down Bronx’s own Camp Lo.”

And for you kids in the crowd, Casey Catherwood’s got some great all-ages options in this week’s Underage, including the Truckasauras show at the Old Fire House in Redmond.

And here’s what this week’s U&C’s have to offer:

AFCGT - “Return of the Leper”
AFCGT, Octagon Control, Arbitron
(Funhouse) AFCGT = the combustible conjunction of Seattle avant-rock vets A Frames and Climax Golden Twins. When these volatile players congregate, dank air and bad (meaning good) vibes get pushed through speakers with savvy savagery. Linear noise-rock onslaughts alternate with ominous clouds of static and metallic ax-grinding. Thanks to the unit-shifting prowess of groups like the Shins and the Postal Service, Sub Pop can issue recordings by ornery, uncommercial ensembles like AFCGT; look for their album next year and get a preview tonight. Fellow Emerald City–denizens Arbitron play primitive, purgative rock that sounds very ready for the Amphetamine Reptile Records revival. DAVE SEGAL
Black Kids - “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You”
Black Kids, the Virgins, Man Plus
(Neumos) Black Kids sound like they learned about the Cure by listening to Hot Hot Heat. They have a couple of briefly catchy but ultimately insubstantial songs—in any sane world, they would not be on a major label. But the music industry is kind of nuts right now, what with the internet and the Pitchforks and the “I’m a computer, stop all the downloading!”—and all it takes, apparently, is a prematurely effusive 8.4 review on said ‘Fork and some pretty weak United Colors of Benetton co-ed charisma to land a record deal. So somebody at Columbia fucked up—it wouldn’t be the first time, and despite the tailspinning of the music biz, it almost certainly won’t be the last. ERIC GRANDY

See all the rest of tonight’s events in our music calendar.

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or you could come down to the blue moon.

Posted by yay! | October 10, 2008 11:34 AM

on and on and some try to do this...

Posted by sonny cheeba, geechie suede | October 10, 2008 11:48 AM

"Black Kids sound like they learned about the Cure by listening to Hot Hot Heat"

Ha ha ha, I love this description.

Posted by dan10things | October 10, 2008 5:29 PM

what a ridiculous review of black kids, eric. i agree that perhaps they're not major-label material, but they're far, far from the crappy, piece-of-shit band you imply they are here. the songwriting's good and the kids are fun performers. maybe this is your attempt at showing you're not completely in love with EVERYthing pitchfork ever says... i guess it's more like just 95 percent of the time. ok. now's as good a time as any to start an independent streak.

Posted by Marlena | October 11, 2008 5:31 PM

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