January 13, 2012 in Features

Mix of beats ready to hit around town

Packed week includes rocker Vince Neil at Northern Quest
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Abstract Rude performs tonight.
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Whether it’s old-school rock, new-school hip-hop or straight-up pop, here is a smattering of live music highlights around town that are sure to keep the dance floor packed:

Vince Neil

When, where: Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road.

Tickets: $30-$40, through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or (800) 325-SEAT.

An icon of 1980s rock, Vince Neil’s storied career has as many highs as it does lows.

From having “Surreal Life” cohort MC Hammer officiate his fourth marriage to his recurring reality show drama, feuds with his former Motley Crue bandmates, and several drunken driving allegations and assault charges dating back to the 1984 car crash that killed Hanoi Rock drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley – Neil has had his own personal journey to hell and back. That story unfolds in the pages of his book, “Tattoos and Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock’s Most Notorious Frontmen” and its accompanying 2010 CD of the same name.

As the book recounts Neil’s infamous adventures in rock ‘n’ roll, the album has a song to correspond with each chapter, with all except two of the tracks being covers of 1970s rock classics.

Released in 2010, the “Tattoos and Tequila” record was Neil’s first solo studio set in 15 years.

Abstract Rude with Shames Worthy, Zoo Effort, Winstrong, DJ Zole and Jaeda

When, where: Tonight at 9 at The Red Room Lounge, 521 W. Sprague Ave.

Cost: $5

A member of the almighty Rhymesayers Entertainment empire, Abstract Rude is a veteran emcee in Freestyle Fellowship, one of the most respected rap crews on the West Coast.

The Fellowship’s extended family has added Spokane emcee Jaeda to its ranks, as she has been taken under the wing of Rude and is working on a collaboration for his next studio project.

In the meantime, Rude is touring in support of his latest release, “Rejuvenation,” tracked entirely by Seattle superproducer Vitamin D, and featuring appearances by Busdriver, Myka 9 and Open Mike.

Andy Grammer with Ryan Star and Rachel Platten

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at The A Club, 416 W. Sprague Ave.

Tickets: $15, through www.aclubspokane.com

Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer swiftly went from busking on the street in Santa Monica, Calif., to his debut album clinching Billboard’s New Artist Chart.

The son of Grammy-nominated children’s songwriter Red Grammer was named in Billboard’s 2011 “Artist to Watch” list on the heels of his self-titled debut, which was produced by a team that included Matt Wallace (Maroon 5) and Sam Hollander (Gym Class Heroes).

Nipsey Hussle with Do or Die

When, where: Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Ave.

Tickets: $25, $40, through www.ticketfly.com

Born Ermias Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle has rapidly reinvented himself as a new face in hard-core hip-hop, pumping out a series of mix tapes – including the heat seeking “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vols. 1-3” – and linking up for high-profile guest appearances with Drake and Snoop Dogg. He also contributed a verse on the song, “We Are the World 25” for Haiti.

As he readies to release his forthcoming 2012 full-length, “South Central State of Mind,” Nipsey has been turning his hustle toward the big screen with a couple of acting gigs, including a recent role in “Wrath of Cain” with Ving Rhames.

Tulsi and the Gnu Deal with DJ Modul8r

When, where: Thursday at Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard St.

Cost: $5

Recalling Golden Age hip-hop icons such as Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and NWA, Seattle-by-way-of-Spokane indie emcee Tulsi adds new-school flair to old-school tradition.

A rap scholar of sorts, Tulsi recites hip-hop history in rhythmic, water-flow poetry through easy-going storytelling and soulful party-rock anthems.

Tulsi’s elite-level alliteration and substantial subject matter make him a standout in the regional backpack-rap scene.


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