Congratulations everyone, you (almost) made it through another week, and maybe you're pondering how you're going to unwind this weekend. There's a raft of great concerts around town, from Lemolo's melancholy opuses to M.E.S.H.'s dystopian dubstep, plus Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour. Let's see what we're working with.
Meagan Grandall's dream pop project Lemolo are finally back with a new album, celebrated tonight at the Crocodile.
Dave Segal says: "Headlining is Berlin-based producer M.E.S.H. (James Whipple), whose music sounds like Photek during his peak drum & bass phase, but slowed to a brutal dubstep tempo. Whipple’s beats slap with vehemence and unpredictability amid disorienting atmospheres that are beyond gothic."
The D.C. rapper mixes a smooth flow with lush, organic arrangements. Tonight he plays the Crocodile.
Dreamy power-pop purveyors Telekinesis hit Neumos.
Time Travel Party
Robin Edwards says: "Hollow Earth Radio's party tonight invites time travelers from all eras to show up for a bash of the ages complete with an Enchantment Under the Sea Dance, a Time Travel Museum (including a mysterious letter found near the station in 2005 that said, "Welcome to my secret note! Thank you for believing in Time Travel. Jared. Please reply."), a time capsule, and many more events that challenge our notion of linear time."
Torsten Mueller and Phil Minton
Dave Segal says: "The most eccentric and primal urges of the mind and body spew out of him as if from a spigot of dadaist argot. Aural surprise and rupturing decorum are his métier. The German Mueller bows his five-string bass with wild adventurousness in the key of frayed nerves. Together, the two are an absurdist, sublimely slapstick force of nature."
Catch the "groovy, psychedelic, orchestrated pop" of Jurado's new record at the EMP tonight.
Joseph Schafer says: "Blues-soaked and bright, contemporary doom metal doesn’t always sound particularly… condemned to ruin. (You were expecting me to say “doomed” there, right? Silly reader. That would be lazy.) Case in point, Spirit Caravan have as much Flower Travellin’ Band in their sound as they do Black Sabbath."
Senegalese sensation Youssou N'Dour drops by the UW's Meany Hall.
In case you couldn't tell by the name, the Bay Area's Couches traffic in slacker rock. Also on the bill are shoegaze-informed local group Versing and "ultra-sunny" Echo Echo Echoes.
Also: have you heard the Things To Do department has its own, comprehensive homepage now? Well, here it is. Get hip to Seattle's best cultural offerings, why don't you?