Saturday October 8th Part One: 4Trees, Architex, Astronautalis @ WOW Hall
Some artists genre bend in ways that just make choosing an opening act like solving a rubix cube. Astronautalis is one of those artists that could play with anyone, but makes sense with no one, raising the bar for the opening artists, for fear of paling in comparison.
Luckily, 4Trees and The Architex were up for the challenge.
4Trees took the stage with a comfortable air that’d have you think they were born there, already spitting about Northwest downpours, house parties, and blazing bowls on Duck game day. Go Oregon.
It’s hard for me to talk about Architex and be remotely fair or unbiased. Three of their five members are my favorite local MCs. The verbal assault that is Ebb One, KI Design, and Undermind would be enough for me, but no, Cerebral Coretext and Incite gotta roll in and ice the cake, making the deal that much sweeter. The high point of the set, for me, was hearing some of my favorite Bad News Tooth tracks barrelling outta the bigass speakers at The WoW Hall, the perfect cherry on top.
Astronautalis took the stage with a brooding intensity that built throughout his set, a wave of subdued emotions hiding beneath, never quite exploding, mostly just showing in hints and ripples across the smooth glass surface. I find myself playing the same name game I do with WHY? It isn’t hip hop. It isn’t indie rock, but it’s not NOT those things. It’s a smart, challenging, multi-genre balance that still manages to be digestible, palatable and highly appealing. Not to mention the lyrics… awesome.
Admittedly, I dipped out of WOW Hall a bit early, as I had the FINAL Rocket Propelled Chainsaws show to catch, but it was hard to pry myself away. Leaving the show I vowed to visit Astronautalis’ web site for some vinyl (after shamefully downloading the complete discography)…
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