Friday, May 8, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: B Radicals and Wildcard album releases, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM


Harcore rapper Wildcard, who frequently comes through Spokane but is mostly based in California, has an album release show tonight at the Knitting Factory. The show features Pops, Knithead, Overtime, Tyler Denbeigh and Daethstar. After just having Tech N9ne in town, this show will just further the party.

Space, time, Southern social norms, politics, death and art combine in the Bright Light Social Hour’s music to form what could be described as this generation’s Lone Star rock. Started as an art-rock experiment at a small Texas college, the band moved to Austin to pursue a career in music. Since then, they’ve won six SXSW Austin Music Awards and released the 2013 single “Wendy Davis” (the Texas state senator whose pro-choice filibuster went viral and who ran for governor last year). Their latest work, Space Is Still the Place, the band’s first album in nearly five years, more than proves the old adage that anything worth doing is worth doing right. It’s wild, fuzzy, loud, trippy and a soulful delight. The band plays Saturday at the Bartlett. The all-ages show begins at 8 pm and is $12 the day of.

B Radicals release their first ever album Saturday at the Big Dipper. The show includes all sorts of performance artists and burlesque dancers. Opening bands include Real Life Rockaz, Smiles Davis and Andy Rumsey. Get there at 7 pm. The show is $8 and the album is $10. Read this week’s article on the band here.

This band’s new singles sound almost like something played on pop radio. That’s not a bad thing, just quite a departure from what we’ve come to expect from the indie-pop/psychedelic Portland-based trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Now they’re less lo-fi and more funky/electronic (listen to “Multi-Love” and “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”). Moving and shaking is just in their nature — singer-songwriter Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks) is originally from New Zealand. Their upcoming show at the Bartlett should include both old and new; chill and dance-inducing. Talk in Tongues open for the band at 8 pm. Cost is $15 the day of. 

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Laura moved to the great Inland Pacific Northwest this summer. She is the Inlander's new music editor.