SURREALISM AND SWAGGER: NACHO PICASSO'S NOCTURNAL RAPS

(Crocodile) Nacho Picasso is one of the top rappers in the 206. He has released a stream of excellent albums, the most recent of which, High & Mighty, contains the deepest and darkest groove of 2013: "Crime Waves." Lyrically, Picasso has the remarkable ability to be surreal without being arty or enigmatic. There is a good bit of Mau (the rapper for the forgotten or virtually unknown Bristol group Earthling) in this style, which is vivid and intoxicating, but with none of the verbal gymnastics and linguistic contrivances. Surrealism for Picasso—who is also a guest on Katie Kate’s new and excellent album Nation—is as an owl or a sudden burst of rain on a sunny day. CHARLES MUDEDE
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THE CREATIVE ABRASION OF THE BLOOD BROTHERS

(Showbox at the Market)The Blood Brothers! You remember them! Five Seattle dudes—bassist Morgan Henderson, guitarist Cody Votolato, drummer Mark Gajadhar, the two screeching standing singers Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie—and a wardrobe full of striped shirts and those belts with holes in them! If you don’t remember, the Blood Bros made creatively abrasive music from 1997 to 2007 that made some people really upset (gentle indie folk who hated striped shirts), but made other people really happy (blast-beat appreciators with a penchant for theatrical post-hardcore). Take it from punk authority Henry Rollins, who once said: “The Blood Brothers make music that will save us all. What a great fucking racket these guys make.” So go get saved! Again! EMILY NOKES
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THE ELUSIVE DROPDEAD RETURN TO SEATTLE

(Chop Suey) If you bought Dropdead’s latest full-length the year it came out, you probably picked it out of a milk-crate distro stocked with various Slap-A-Ham and Profane Existence records at some not-entirely-legal all-ages show. Or maybe you ordered it via snail-mail from an ad in HeartattaCk or Punk Planet. Or maybe you picked it up at their most recent Seattle gig at the Velvet Elvis. Either way, it was 16 years ago, and in that time you’ve had to get your fix of new Dropdead material through their split EPs with Converge, Totalitär, and Look Back & Laugh. Who knows how long we’ll have to wait for a new album from the Rhode Island crust institution, but you’d be wise to hit up this show if you were hoping to catch them live anytime this decade. BRIAN COOK
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ZEKE SORT OF "SOUND LIKE THE DWARVES, IF THEY SNORTED A TUB OF METH EVERY DAY"

(Highline) Punk’s not dead! Well, at least Seattle punk isn’t—mainly thanks to the valiant efforts of Brian Foss, booker and KEXP DJ (Sonic Reducer, every stinkin’ Saturday from 9 pm to midnight!) Local bad boys Zeke have been playing their speedy, Motörhead-esque brand of “chainsaw punk” since 1993. LA Weekly once said they “sounded like the Dwarves, if they snorted a tub of meth every day.” Zeke also once recorded a cover of GG Allin’s “Die When You Die.” Now the Derelicts, also local and hailing from the early NON-GRUNGE hardcore scene of late-’80s Seattle, have recently reunited and started playing again. They do a cover of an old Frantix song called “My Dad’s a Fuckin’ Alcoholic.” Luckily, if the audience gets TOO WILD, surf-rockin’ “safety punks” Warning: Danger! open the show, and will be on hand to pass out hard hats and maybe set some of those big orange cones around. Safety first, jerks! KELLY O
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