SHABAZZ PALACES, NATASHA KMETO, MINDEN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Unpopular opinion alert: I'm not convinced Shabazz Palaces is great live. I've seen Ishmael Butler's shadowy, Seattle-based hiphop act twice, both at MusicfestNW. In 2010, headlining Jimmy Mak's, Butler and partner Tendai Maraire seemed unsure, like foals still figuring out their legs; the show was disjointed. In 2011, Shabazz Palaces opened for Macklemore at the Roseland, where much of their music's future-classic feel and cosmopolitan nuance—abundant on their excellent recorded material—was buried in bass and swallowed by the cavernous room and inattentive crowd. All that said, I wouldn't miss this show tonight. Reasons: 1) It's a better (read: medium-sized) venue for Shabazz Palaces. 2) They've no doubt dialed in their live show over the past two years. 3) Ish Butler is a genius, a gritty visionary responsible for some of the best hiphop of the past two decades. He certainly has earned our trust. BEN SALMON Also see My, What a Busy Week!
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