For those of you who thought Daft Punk’s most recent work wasn’t quite yacht-disco enough, Chromeo are here to scratch that itch in your sequined white denim. Featuring cheeky lyrics, ’80s-aping drum machines, and synthesizer lines smooth enough to do a line of coke off, their music borders on parody, and none of it would work if the songs didn’t stick. Amazingly, they do. Their all-time classic remains “Night by Night,” an incandescent vocoder-laced dance-floor anthem, but their subsequent rel... more »
France-via-Ivory-Coast musician Fatoumata Diawara has one of those voices that envelops you in its warmth, its smoothness, its vibrancy whether you speak her language or not. Her music combines jazz, folk, and Wassoulou (think West African blues) into a sumptuous whole, as her compositions spiral through full-throated solos and surprisingly funky, bass-laden breakdowns. The disparate cultural influences informing her sound seem to actually warrant the old “world music” tag, and at the center of... more » $24.50.
Local experimental label Table & Chairs will be bringing the avant-weird to Ballard Jazz Walk all weekend, but be sure not to miss this excellently billed all-ages show. Racer Sessions-related supergroup King Tears Bat Trip's post-music school vibes are heavy, with four drummers, tenor sax, noise guitar and the Chango—a computer-generated sound interface bat-tripper Brandon Lucia created himself. Their debut recording is a parallel post-jazz universe of anthemic, disjointed melodies muddled in... more »
Tonight at 8 p.m., the excellent Piano Starts Here series celebrates two giants of 20th-century American songwriting, Hoagy Carmichael and George Gershwin. Now, was it Donna Summer who wanted to have dinner with Gershwin? CHARLES MUDEDE
One of America’s preeminent culture jammers and sonic pranksters, Negativland member Mark Hosler makes a rare Seattle appearance tonight. He’ll reportedly be using a device called the Booper, which Negativland bandmate David Willis created by adding transistors to an FM radio receiver, enabling it to send its output to its input. The resultant sounds from the Booper vary wildly, and combined with Hosler’s other DIY electronic gear, the music generated should be strange and unpredictable. A perf... more »
Usually we have to wait till Decibel Festival to get a bill with two lewd muthas like this on it. Montreal’s Tiga DJs and produces tech-house tracks that should come with birth control—which is why it makes all kinds of sense that he’s collaborated with Audion/Matthew Dear. In his best work, Tiga combines the lascivious with the lysergic in order to keep the dance floor humid. Green Velvet (aka Cajmere, aka Curtis Jones) is also a trippy house-music savant with more than two decades of delirium... more » $15.
Young MacArthur "genius" Claire Chase performs her entire new solo album, Density, her third, as a 75-minute continuous performance in collaboration with sound designer Levy Lorenzo. It features works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter, and Mario Diaz de Leon, as well as the seminal 1936 flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese.
How about a potent dose of extreme music from England from veterans of the underground Godflesh and Cut Hands? Headliners Godflesh cut eight albums from 1988 to 2001 that influenced scores of industrial-metal bands. Justin K Broadrick and co. brought a strong emphasis on rhythm to this ultra-heavy style, flaunting hiphop and drum ’n’ bass beats as prominently as their feedback-streaked guitar riffs and bludgeoning bass riffs. The imminent release of a new album and EP has prodded Godflesh back... more » $25.
Bill Horist works strange magic on the instrument in ways that I was not aware you could or should do; his prepared guitar works create soundscapes that would be hard to pin as simply “guitar” if you couldn’t see him jamming a cymbal between the strings or playing the instrument with a bow flat on his lap. Seattle bands Pocket Panda and Secretary are the definition of indie music if there ever was one (was there ever one?). Panda’s is a bouncy and melodic folk-skewing kind; Secretary make a mor... more » $10/$12.