Tonight in Music: The English Beat and Radius Etc.
by Kyle Fleck
on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM
THE ENGLISH BEAT'S BRITISH NOSTALG-SKA
(Triple Door) The one reason to attend the English Beat’s show tonight is to see David Wakeling, the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the band, which formed back in the late 1970s. The English Beat were a part of the second and British wave of ska music—the first was Jamaican and happened in the ’60s (reggae replaced ska in the ’70s). For those who do not know what ska is, do not bother me or bother going to this show. The English Beat also gave the world one of the best pop tunes ever—“Mirror in the Bathroom” (it’s up there with “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Billie Jean,” and “Pop Life”). “Mirror” is the anthem for the narcissists of the world—meaning, all of us. CHARLES MUDEDE See event info »
RADIUS' ETC.'S BLUNTED JAZZY HIPHOP
Chicago’s Radius Etc. returns to class up Seattle’s longest-running hiphop weekly, Stop Biting. Last year in this space I described Radius’s music as “the golden mean between Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus.” No, it’s not hyperbole. Radius roots many of his productions in out-there, beatific jazz and heavy-lidded, THC-laced beats; it’s a beautifully blunted sound. But he’s also done a rad remix of Queen’s funk smash “Another One Bites the Dust,” so don’t get too complacent. Vancouver’s Chapel Sound DJs (Wsuptiger, Silence, and Tails) mess around with the various strands of bass music and modern R&B, spinning sets that serve as zeitgeisty mating-ritual soundtracks for millennials. With Introcut, AC Lewis, and Fishboogie. Lo-Fi, 9 pm, $5, 21+. DAVE SEGAL