Whatever your genre, there’s live music for you
Leaving virtually no genre unturned, the coming week’s local live music highlights hit all over the musical map, covering West Coast hip-hop, Island-bred reggae-rock, East Coast Christian metalcore, Northwest junkyard jazz-folk and Middle Eastern steampunk.
Iration, with The Holdup, Mike Pinto and Pacific Dub, tonight at 7, A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave.: California reggae-dub-rock band Iration has been making a gradual rise from its humble beginnings beneath the shores of underground surf culture.
With all its members hailing from Hawaii, the Santa Barbara band maintained island ties to record with Grammy-winning producer and fellow Hawaiian musician Charles Brotman on 2008’s “Sample This EP.”
Iration has since launched to mainland success, touring nonstop and appearing before a broad range of audiences, from the NCAA volleyball tournament show for CBS to Cypress Hill’s annual Smoke Out Festival.
“Sample This” debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes Top Reggae chart on the strength of the single, “Falling.”
With an anticipated second full-length album in the works, 2011 finds Iration pushing the “Fresh Grounds EP” on iTunes and continuing its headlining tour, which arrives tonight at A Club (all-ages, full bar with ID). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, through www.aclubspokane.com.
Abney Park with DJ Panix and Koreshakti Tribal Fusion, Saturday, 8 p.m., Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.: Incorporating belly dancers along with guitars, Middle Eastern percussion, keyboards and violins harnessed into a post-apocalyptic steampunk-rock ambience, Abney Park is a spectacle of anachronistic genre-clash and musical meshings.
Abney Park’s 11th album, last year’s “Airship Pirates off the Lost Horizons,” included an ensemble led by singer/instrumentalist Robert Brown on darbuka (“goblet drums”), diatonic button accordion, harmonica, bouzouki, Middle Eastern guitars and ukulele, along with Kristina Erikson, keyboards; Nathaniel Johnstone, guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo; Daniel Cederman, bass and acoustic guitar; and Jody Ellen, vocals.
Named for a cemetery in London, the Seattle band has been known for steampunk aesthetics since the mid-1990s – though it has a fictional backstory that dates back at least to the 1920s, based on a time-traveling dirigible called Ophelia.
As for the future, Abney Park headlines a show with Spokane’s popular belly dance troupe Koreshakti Tribal Fusion on Saturday at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are $15, through TicketFly (877-435-9849, www.ticketfly.com).
Strange Noize Tour 2011 with Krizz Kaliko, Johnny Richter, Kutt Calhoun, Saigon, Potluck, and Young Jay, Monday, 8 p.m., Knitting Factory: Tech N9ne has long defended his territory in the realm of underground rap royalty, and consistently sells out the Knitting Factory.
So fans should have no problem finding their way to the Strange Noize tour, which features a roster of like-minded rhymesayers signed to or affiliated with Tech N9ne’s label, Strange Noize Records.
Among the cast is veteran Tech N9ne collaborator Krizz Kaliko, label mate Kutt Calhoun, Johnny Richter of the Kottonmouth Kings and Calfornia herb-hop band Potluck, which is signed to Kottonmouth Kings’ Suburban Noize label.
The crew causes a commotion Monday at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are $16, through TicketFly.
August Burns Red with Set Your Goals, Texas In July, Red Seas Rise, Sunday, 7 p.m., Knitting Factory: Pennsylvania faith-based metalcore band August Burns Red is readying a new studio set of material set for June release.
According to the band’s Facebook profile, the album will be titled “Leveler” and follows 2010’s “Constellations,” which was nominated for a Best Rock Album Dove award (a sort of Christian version of the Grammys).
August Burns Red plays Sunday at the Knit. Tickets are $16 in advance through TicketFly, $18 at the door.
Professor Gall, with Matt Winters and Ben Mancke, Monday, 8 p.m., A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave.: Tom Waits-tinged vaudevillian tunes are the specialty of Portland’s Professor Gall.
With a sound self-described as junkyard jazz-folk, there’s a slew of flavorings in this stew, including klezmer, art-rock, bluegrass, alt-folk, experimental jazz and cowpunk.
That should come as little surprise considering the lineup, which consists of Drew Norman on vocals, guitars, banjo, lap steel and timpani; Chad Youngman, bass and ukulele, Scott Johnston, saxophone; Monte Skillings, trombone; Russell Gores, drums and saw; Todd Burba, accordion; George Turner, cello; and Andrew Clarinet, on (you guessed it) clarinet.
Professor Gall unravels its musical mayhem Monday at A Club. Admission is $5.