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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

December 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your New Year’s Eve in Seattle music: Shabazz Palaces, Beat Connection and more

Also featuring a 14-piece funk band, an all-vinyl soul and funk party and a subversive out-of-town punk band.

1 Beat Connection

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Pillar Point, Manatee Commune, k o m o n o, Customs DJs

Seattle electro-pop quartet Beat Connection has a lot to look forward to in 2015, namely the release of its still-untitled second LP. The group is set to debut songs from that album at this show; promising local producer K o m o n o, who recently remixed BC single “Another Go Round,” is among the reasons to get there early.

(Grandstand Media & Management)

(Grandstand Media & Management)

2 The Cave Singers

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at The Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $25 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com). With Gazebos, Corey J. Brewer

Compared to contemporaries like Fleet Foxes or The Head and The Heart, there’s a foreboding undercurrent to The Cave Singers’ stripped-down folk music. Last year saw the rather unheralded release of fourth album “Naomi,” a brighter, higher-fidelity album produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins).

3 Common Kings

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $30–$35 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Two Story Zori, Lion’s Ambition

The four members of California’s Common Kings hail from various parts of the South Pacific—Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. The group’s music is fittingly worldly and diverse, flitting between hook-minded pop rock, modern R&B and rootsy reggae.

4 The Dwarves

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., Seattle; $20–$25 (206-328-7837 or www.highlineseattle.com). With FANG, The Derelicts

It’s a testament to how much Sub Pop has changed that it’s now releasing records by Shabazz Palaces and Washed Out rather than records like 1990’s “Blood Guts & P—y” by Chicago punk hellraisers The Dwarves. The band is known for its inspired live shows, crude lyrical themes and unprintable-in-the-Seattle-Times album art.

5 Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at The Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $20–$25 (360-723-0088 or www.columbiacitytheater.com.) With Breaks and Swells

Eldridge Gravy and his 13-piece band are a staple across music venues in Seattle, playing a blend of funk, soul and psychedelic music that works best live (and is pretty clearly intended to be experienced that way). The cuts on last year’s “Gravy’s in Your Area” are redolent of everything from Funkadelic to The Temptations.

6 Emerald City Soul Club & Dug

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $15 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com).

Emerald City Soul Club and Dug, two long-running local dance nights that typically take place at the Lo-Fi in Eastlake, dust off vintage soul and funk records for the dancefloor. It’s quite unlike the four-on-the-floor bass stomp that characterizes most DJ nights, as is the all-vinyl format.

7 Shabazz Palaces

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $26.50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With OC Notes.

After releasing in July one of 2014’s strongest rap albums—“Lese Majesty,” a dense, confounding work that sounds like little else in contemporary hip-hop—Shabazz Palaces caps its year with this show. As is often the case with Shabazz shows, an array of the group’s associates open; two of them, Porter Ray and THEESatisfaction—have releases planned on Sub Pop for 2015.

Here’s a little interview with chief Palaceer Ishmael Butler.

8 Reignwolf

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $26–$28.50 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Rose Windows, Thunderp—y

After the dissolution of his previous band, guitarist Jordan Cook came from Saskatchewan to Seattle to start one-man rock band Reignwolf. He’s been unquestionably successful so far, and even if you chafe at yet another raw, bluesy guitar act, it’s tough to impugn Cook’s showmanship and onstage energy.

9 Nite Wave

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $10–$12 (206-632-2020 or www.nectarlounge.com). With The West, DJ Indica Jones

Chances are, if you’re going out to a rock club on New Year’s Eve, you’re probably trying to dance. The music at this show will certainly accomplish that. Headliners NIte Wave are a new-wave tribute band, and local quintet The West play New Order–indebted dance rock. For those looking to ring in the new year with sounds from 30 years ago, this is the destination.

10 Young Fresh Fellows

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $10 (206-784-4880 or www.sunsettavern.com). With The F––ing Eagles, Less Than Equals

Young Fresh Fellows is one of a slew of underheralded power-pop bands to emerge from Seattle in the ’80s, earning a cult following due to its sense of humor (one of its best-known songs is about Christian pop singer Amy Grant). YFF still plays shows sporadically and released its most recent album in 2012 on idiosyncratic indie label Yep Roc.


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