Ice Hockey/New Science Projects/Anger House/Varsity Cheerleader/Comfort (Macaroni Island): I stopped paying attention after I saw the words “emo” and even “screamo” used exactly one time apiece on the invite to this show. I’m sorry, I just developed a tic somewhere between 1997 and 2002 where I immediately go catatonic when I see those words on a flier. However, some of this is just punk, which still has redeemable elements so don’t rule this show out completely.
“Cool Out” (The Crown and Harp): Tonight’s guest is Shooknite, of Track Meet. Funk, soul, and disco are a little different from the format in which we’re used to hearing Shook, so I’m curious to see how he handles it. His fellow collective member in Track Meet, Oleg “Air DJ” Belogorsky, did an excellent job of filling in last minute as Lord Byron’s backing DJ at Index Fest over the weekend.
Jean Grae/Sam Lao/KoolQuise/Lil Chris (Elm Street Bar): It was quite the surprise to see an MC of Jean Grae’s stature booked at the relatively small Elm Street Bar on the quietest night of the week. But it’s a welcome surprise. Not only is she quite gifted lyrically, but there are also the genius bits of sampling on her tracks, such as for her recent “Kill Screen,” which takes some of the best bits from “Computer Games” by Japanese dance act, Yellow Magic Orchestra. The pleasant sounding samples are offset by a shockingly violent opening sequence of Grae covered in blood.
Make sure you show up early enough to see the opening sets as well. I caught Sam Lao sitting in with the Cannabinoids late Friday night at Index Fest, and to say “sitting in” is a disservice. Her rapping and blurred movements across the stage were startlingly potent. I took a step back.
Other Monday shows—
“Vinyl Tap” (Double Wide)
Paul Slavens (Dan’s Silver Leaf)
See Jean Grae’s “Kill Screen” below:
Photo: Sam Lao performing with The Cannabinoids at Index Fest, 2013. Credit: Andi Harman.