Before the Lonely Island boys made silly, filthy white-boy rap, there was Dirt Nasty. His real name is Simon Rex, and you may remember him from his years as an MTV VJ or when he acted in Scary Movie 3 through 5 — there were a couple of solo porn releases as well. Comedy rap interested him too; he formed the group Dyslexic Speedreaders with Mickey Avalon, Andre Legacy and Beardo in the mid-aughts. Now the San Francisco-based musician with the fake douchebag persona is focusing on his rap career, recently releasing the album The White Boys with Legacy and Beardo. The rapper shows tonight at the Red Room along with Pink Bead and KNE. Showtime is 9 pm and is $15.
Halftone is back at the Luxe Ballroom tonight. The second annual local art and music event aims to be bigger and better than last year’s debut, hosting 22 up-and-coming local artists and graphic designers alongside musical acts Water Monster, BIAS, Blackwater Prophet, Mirror Mirror and H. Hershler. The show starts at 7 pm and is $5. Proceeds go to the newly established INK Art Space, a youth arts education nonprofit that hosts its first workshops later this month.
Come find out who is playing MarmotFest at the Big Dipper tonight, when the lineup for KYRS's 2014 music festival in Glover Field is revealed. The MarmotFest Launch Party features live music from psychedelic act Bodhi Drip and starts at 7 pm.
Slaughter Daughters calls what they do “gothgrass.” Listen for one minute to the haunting noise that Bend, Oregon-based Ariana Celestine, Cecilia Raheb and Sterling Dorrell produce, and that label becomes astonishingly accurate. There’s banjo and scrubby fiddle searing through the instrumentation, powerful alto vocals and lyrics longing to make you contemplate the human condition; everything the term “gothgrass” should be. Slaughter Daughters sound hungry to make music louder, faster and more explosive as each measure passes in their music. Here, angsty female singer-songwriter merges with Tex-Mex country and ghostly bluegrass. They play Saturday at Mootsy’s along with Mama Doll and Ian L. Miles. The show begins at 10 pm and is $5.
It’s singer-songwriter night at Jones Radiator Saturday. Everett, Wash., based artist Jacob Cummings headlines with Scotty Feider and Tyler Aker opening. The show starts around 9 pm.
Keb’ Mo’ is a three-time Grammy winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. He brings his mad skills to the Beasley Coliseum in Pullman Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $19.