Tonight in Music: Sol, XV, the Physics, My Goodness, the Young Evils, Dude York, Bill Frisell, Lazer Kitty, Metal Chocolates, White China Gold, You May Die in the Desert, Jenny Invert, Sad Face, Random Orbits, Smooth Sailing, Caparza, and more!
(Vermillion) My fave rappers in Seattle: Silas Blak of Black Stax and Silent Lambs Project, Onry Ozzborn of Dark Time Sunshine and Oldominion, and Rik Rude of Metal Chocolate and Fresh Espresso. These rappers hit my soul in different and profound ways. Blak is a philosopher whose rhymes are like many arms reaching into a mirror and pulling out from the other side of reality strange and almost alien concepts. Ozzborn is a master of hiphop surrealism. Rude is the man about town—meaning, he is cosmopolitan. He is a rapper whose rhymes are like a big city: There are places to drink, places to love, places to think, place to get cold stupid, places to remember, and places to forget. CHARLES MUDEDE
(Comet) Sad Face's EP Cheer Yourself Up is a trap! It won't cheer you up! No, it's not as dreary as, say, Mount Eerie (which tempts me to open a vein), but opener "Call" is a slow-moving five-minute track that sounds like a lonely Saturday night. Singer Timothy Mendonsa calls out, "Is there something wrong?" And if you have any pain in your heart at all, you'll want to cry back, "Yes!" while weeping into your beer. At least "Batman" has a beat you can dance to, but the lyrics appear to be about giving up. So even though the album art includes a smiling bunny and laughing cloud, IT IS NOT A HAPPY PLACE. Sad Face is a sad place. Bring a friend to sway with. MEGAN SELING
Random Orbits, Smooth Sailing, Caparza, the Savage Henrys, the Loss
(Kraken) Pop Punk Summer 2K12 starts right here with the Loss, a local melodic punk band that will appeal to fans of the Shook Ones and Kid Dynamite. On Facebook, the Loss list their influences as "skateboards and alcohol." Good times! The Savage Henrys have the same gravelly vocals and punk-rock urgency with "a little ska and outlaw country mixed in." Their song "Not So Mysterious" is about selling out. It's like 2002 all over again! (I don't mean that as a dis, dudes.) Really, though, if you like Bomb the Music Industry and/or early (way early) Against Me!, then you might find an appreciation for the Savage Henrys. MEGAN SELING