KING DUDE, OF THE WAND AND THE MOON, A STORY OF RATS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Would you believe the soundtrack for the apocalypse is being made by a guy named King Dude? Actually, his name is TJ Cowgill, a metalhead from Seattle who, these days, is a true freak-folkie painting grim pictures of hell and the folks who will surely end up there. It's like Slayer minus the intensity. King Dude is actually more entrenched in country and '50s rock 'n' roll—even at his darkest, Cowgill still has an ear for the occasional sweet melody. But add a croon that sounds like it comes from the bowels of Hades, and you know you're not living with the Cleavers. Unless there's a mushroom cloud involved. MARK LORE
MAJOR LAZER, LUNICE, PAUL DEVRO
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Diplo and his Mad Decent label have been wildly increasing their influence in the EDM scene—Baauer's "Harlem Shake," for example, came out on MD subsidiary Jeffrees—popularizing dancehall, dub, reggae, and other bass-centric styles. For their new Free the Universe full-length, Major Lazer have reeled in an eclectic cast of guest musicians like Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Peaches, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Santigold, Flux Pavilion, and Busy Signal. This is still primarily hyper-animated, alpha-human party music—an unabashed soundtrack for your next Caribbean-themed bash. DAVE SEGAL
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