News, Reviews, and Speedos
• Seattle's Pride festivities happened this past weekend!!! The sound of the Dyke March approaching is always music to our ears, and we screamed ourselves hoarse watching it all roll beautifully by. Sample sign: "MY MOM HATES MY HAIRCUT BUT LOVES MY GIRLFRIEND."
• Rapper Khia played her infamous sex anthem "My Neck, My Back" to a beer garden full of hot and bothered queer folks at Wildrose on Saturday night, and sure enough, booty-popping and lots of dirty dancing ensued. Then on Sunday, smashing all stereotypes that gay-pride celebrations have to be powered only by DJs who play bass-heavy electronic music, local band Sashay brought down the house at Chop Suey's "Queer as Fuck" Pride party with their brutally fun punk hardcore song "America's Next Top Bottom."
• Special shout-out to the R Place dancers: Holy shit, they were bringing it, sipping on Red Bull in Speedos. Ow!
• The Neptune Theatre was filled with an interesting mix of old and young joyful nerds at the sold-out Devo show on Friday. The tight hour-and-a-half set focused only on the band's Hardcore Devo era (their weirder, more experimental recordings between 1974 and 1977) and began with Mark Mothersbaugh throwing cigarettes into the audience as a nod to the past. The performance did not disappoint—we screamed, danced, risked a security guard glare by grabbing Mothersbaugh's sleeve when he hopped into the crowd to sing "Jocko Homo," and maybe cried just a little bit because whoa. And did we mention Bob Mothersbaugh is still a fox?
• Bobby Womack, the American singer/songwriter/musician who recorded numerous solo hits ("Across 110th Street," "If You Think You're Lonely Now"), wrote tons of hits for other people (including the Rolling Stones' "It's All Over Now" and Wilson Pickett's "I'm a Midnight Mover"), and played amazing guitar all over Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On, died on Friday at age 70. Making this particularly sad: Womack was scheduled to perform at this summer's Bumbershoot. RIP, Mr. Womack.
• Midday Veil drummer Garrett Moore's kit looked like something out of a horror movie after he cut his hand on the top wingnut of his ride cymbal stand during the group's first song at a loft-party show Saturday night. Despite the gore, he soldiered on, as the local avant-rock group powered through another stellar performance. In better news, Midday Veil are currently recording their third album at Avast with producer Randall Dunn. There's been talk of disco influences creeping into their sound. Very special guests include P-Funk/Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell and Stranger Genius and versatile violist/violinist Eyvind Kang.Comment on this shit at thestranger.com/music