Last week in this space I predicted that we’d be hit with more snow, as though the Snowpacalypse that hit in December (and January and February) wasn’t enough. Maybe I didn’t so much predict the snow as repeat the weather forecasts that just happened to be correct. I mention that because the best local shows this week are makeup shows for ones that were canceled last December due to snow.
The Cops at the Vera Project on Friday, March 13 and at the Sunset on Saturday, March 14
Last December, The Cops were supposed to play their “Rock and Roll Circus” for three nights at the Sunset and finish out their reign as one of Seattle’s best rock bands, each night full of excellent but diverse Northwest music. And then Mother Nature stepped in and did her part to extend the longevity of this great band. The first two nights went on, but the third was postponed until three months later; which brings us to tonight.
Because kick-ass rock and/or roll is ageless, The Cops decided to go out with an all ages show and a bar show. Friday night they are going to rock the hell out of Vera with Partman Parthorse and Battle Hymns and then Saturday they are coming back to the Sunset with The Sea Navy and Wallpaper to (hopefully not) bring a conclusion to the band.
When you hear The Cops, either on record or on live, you think to yourself “this is what rock and roll should be.” They have killer guitar riffs whose guitarists are perfectly in tune with one another and with the basslines and backed by a drumbeat from a fantastic drummer. Most importantly, though, is that there is not a drop of pretension.
Here’s the video for my favorite song of theirs, “Modern Black Flats” (from the 2007 album Free Electricity):
Blue Scholars and Common Market at Neumo’s Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 16
During those same three nights that The Cops were supposed to have their Rock and Roll Circus at the Sunset, the hip hop groups of Blue Scholars and Common Market (both featuring beats from DJ Sabzi) were doing the same thing at Neumo’s — except they called off all three shows and rescheduled for this weekend. The first two nights, to my knowledge, have sold out already but Monday night’s show with another great hip hop crew, Dyme Def, still has (a few) tickets left.
Both Common Market and Blue Scholars are going to offer positive, politically aware rhymes over beats from the same DJ. This will make for an interesting contrast of two of the best emcees in Northwest hip hop, with RA Scion and Geologic. I expect the shows to have big, enthusiastic crowds with performers feeding off the attention of their rapt audiences.
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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