With Yo, Son! bouncing to Neumo's, Shake! shimmies into the void, starting tonight, and your broke ass is gonna love the free (for now) cover charge. Under the dynamic tutelage of Sharpshooters' DJ Sureshot and a revolving cast of guests, this new weekly will, according to Sureshot, "provide a positive party atmosphere similar to a block party back in the day. The music will be a perfect mix of rare and classic: funk, soul, reggae, downtempo, disco breaks, and early hiphop (pre-'96), with no bullshit tunes allowed." He wants Shake! to be a showcase where "DJs can flex their skills and their collections by playing music that has influenced themselves and others, and is the foundation for all types of modern music." What will distinguish Shake! from other similar nights in Seattle are, Sureshot asserts, the "quality and selection of the music, and the skills, vast knowledge, and deep crates of the DJs." A dope selector himself, Sureshot plans to bring in top spinners like Mr. Supreme, Vitamin D, Bronze FM, and DJ N8. Local underground-hiphop legend DJ Tone will join Sureshot for tonight's debut. Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, free.
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This scrappy dance-punk trio primitivize (if it's not a word, it should be) Gang of Four and Contortions' spiky agit-funk for a generation too young to remember the pioneers' innovations. Numbers' two-minute treatises on anomie and alienation are wound tighter than Osama's turban, and are sparked by Dave Broekema's rusty-nail guitar riffs that reverently resurrect GO4 axman Andy Gill's bracingly hostile tone. The S.F. band's new album, In My Mind All the Time (Tigerbeat6), picks up where 2002's Numbers Life left off. Uptight, everything's alright, as Stevie Wonder sang 39 years ago. Seattle laptop lothario Caro, who revamped a Numbers track on the remix disc Death, supports, with Kiss Kiss Kiss, Science Victim, and DJ Paco. Presented by Music for America (www.musicforamerica.org). Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000, 9 pm-2 am, 21+, $7.