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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tonight in Music: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Cotton Jones, Spacehog

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM


SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80, CASCADIA 10
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) When your father is the famed pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, you've got two realistic choices: get out of the family business altogether, or double down. Happily, Seun Kuti picked the latter. Since the age of 14, Seun's been at the helm of his dad's former band, Egypt 80, and you couldn't ask for a better venue than the Star to witness what he's picked up over the last 17 years. DIRK VANDERHART Also, read our article on Seun Kuti.


COTTON JONES, NEW GOD
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Cotton Jones makes summer jams. But not the excitable kind that get you dancing in the street. Their summer jams are reserved for porch sitting, watching the garden grow, warm summer nights, letting the days roll by. Their two full-lengths on Seattle's Suicide Squeeze Records, Tall Hours in the Glowstream and Paranoid Cacoon, are casual masterpieces of sunny alt-country. It takes a while for it to sink in how special they are—their songs are the kind that sneak up on you—but once you get there, these albums can be played on endless repeat. A great live band, there's no better time to see a Cotton Jones show than in the heat of mid-July. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON


SUMMERLAND 2014: EVERCLEAR, SOUL ASYLUM, EVE 6, SPACEHOG
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) This is a legitimately fun-sounding feast for '90s fetishists, so let's keep the snark to a minimum, shall we? Everclear's Sparkle and Fade is a very good radio-rock album, and the Portland band'll play at least three songs from it—including, presumably, the one that gave this package tour its title. Soul Asylum had a Replacement in their group at one point, which is nothing to sneeze at. And I don't remember a single thing about Eve 6, so they can't have been too terrible. But I'm reserving the bulk of my excitement for openers Spacehog, whose sole American hit, "In the Meantime," is still a pretty fantastic, Beatles-meets-Bowie glam slam that bests Oasis at their own game. The rest of their 1995 debut album, Resident Alien, wasn't too shabby, either, and 1998's underachieving The Chinese Album had its share of coulda-been sleaze-gems ("Carry On," "Beautiful Girl"). Had Spacehog's bombastic glitter rock reached as many ears as their luckier contemporaries, I bet we wouldn't bat an eye at seeing them at the top of a bill like this. NED LANNAMANN

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