Seattle producer Hanssen (aka Bob Hansen) established his reputation with Jacob London, a long-running duo with Dave Pezzner. Together they formed one of the few house-music acts that effectively deployed humor in their music and track titles. Since splitting five years ago to focus on their solo careers, Hanssen's been less prolific than Pezzner, but tonight he celebrates the release of his Seven Years Week album on Alex Ruder's Hush Hush label. It's a lush, pacific excursion into down-tempo a... more » donation.
It must be said: Louisiana's Kevin Gates is one of the most exciting rappers out, a wounded, noble hustler, equally at home with detail-rich street narratives, for-the-ladies jams, and radio-ready crossover shots. His guttural baritone is as instantly recognizable as Ja Rule's bark or Method Man's heart-of-gold growl, but what sets him apart is a Scarface-like commitment to gangster storytelling and a fantastic crew of producers, elevating each mixtape track to possible hit status. Not to throw... more » $15.
On his 2011 album Dive, Ghostly International artist Tycho (Scott Hansen) creates pristine, pastel electronic dance music (but not EDM) and Boards of Canada–esque, contemplative reveries for introverted computer programmers. On 2014's Awake, he mostly follows in the same amiable vein, and the sense of sparkly well-being it induces is very agreeable. San Francisco producer/guitarist Christopher Willits has gone from severe minimalist sound design to a brighter, more song-based style of music tha... more »
I’m just like you. I was in Williamsburg in the spring of 2006, and just like you, all I listened to were two albums: Interpol’s Antics and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The lead singer of the former band, Paul Banks, reminds me of Ian Curtis, and the lead singer of the latter, Alec Ounsworth, reminds me of David Byrne. And just like you, I had a long and drunk argument in a dingy bar on Metropolitan Avenue about how Ounsworth had much more talent than Banks. One could he... more » $20.
With Northwest Psych Fest and Hypnotikon*, Seattle has two major events exclusively devoted to psychedelic music. The former, obviously, is more regionally focused, and it reflects the outstanding health of the scene up here. Tonight sees a gathering of explosive veteran rockers Kinski, trance-inducing mystical thugs This Blinding Light, (other)worldly musical chameleons Master Musicians of Bukkake, espionage-surf-jazz dynamos Diminished Men, sweetly melodic Portland traditionalists Rick Bain a... more »