While looking at the show calendar for this week, am I really seeing that My Bloody Valentine (!) and Asobi Seksu are playing shows on consecutive nights (MBV Monday at WaMu Theater and Asobi Seksu at Neumo’s on Tuesday)? With two of the loudest bands I can think of playing back to back nights, I would hate to imagine when exactly your ears would stop ringing – even with really good earplugs.
But if noisy (but gorgeous) art-rock isn’t your thing, here are a few more that might be to your liking:
Dyme Def Record Release at the Crocodile, Saturday, April 25
This show made some headlines this week when one troubled MC, Fatal Lucciauno, was dropped from the bill. Lucciauno was one of the performers the night of the shooting at Chop Suey earlier in the year (although swears he had no involvement and all available accounts confirm that). Although I never felt unsafe with that bill at the Croc, with or without Lucciauno on it, it’s understandable with the Crocodile keeping the safety of their guests in mind.
Still, though, this show is the first hip hop show at the Crocodile and it’s a celebration of Dyme Def’s new EP, Panic and it’s still going to be quite the party. I’ve yet to hear Dyme Def’s new EP, but I’ve seen them a few times and know they are one of the best live hip hop crews in the northwest and I’ve praised them numerous times. The show also features The Saturday Knights, One Be Lo, D. Black and Spaceman. The night will make for an excellent party and a showcase for northwest hip hop.
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo and The Redwood Plan at the High Dive, Saturday, April 25
So, maybe hip hop isn’t your thing.
I saw Brent Amaker and the Rodeo last month (also at the High Dive) and his show was also quite the party. Playing both kinds of music, country and western, that is upbeat and fun, while playfully mocking its excesses, their set was a riot last time I saw them play. It ended with dozens and dozens of shots of whiskey being poured from the stage to the crowd. I don’t know if said “baptisms” are regular occurrences or a one-time deal, but I’m anxious to find out.
Opening up is The Redwood Plan, the dance-punk band featuring Lesli Wood (formerly of Ms. Led), who keep getting more and more people buzzing about their lives shows (and their excellent, self-titled EP) each time they play a show.
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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