When: Sat., Aug. 25, 10 p.m. 2012
Grunge started sputtering out in the mid-90s, but even now, almost 20 years later, the rest of the country continues to burden Seattle with the misconception that it's full of flannel-clad kids with a thing for a sloppy-poppy mix of punk and metal. Lately, though, folks' ideas about that rain-plastered city and its music scene have been inching toward what might turn out to be a sea change, thanks to a handful of forward-thinking hip-hop acts. Leading the pack is critically acclaimed duo Shabazz Palaces, which anchors a tight circle of talented friends and comrades—including Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, who record and perform as Thee Satisfaction. It's been nearly four years since Thee Satisfaction dropped their first mixtape, That's Weird, and this spring they finally released their debut full-length, Awe Naturale (Sub Pop). The duo's easy chemistry, playful rhyming, and silky singing combine with the album's woozy, psychedelic funk and laid-back soul in a sleek, intoxicating mix—about the only thing wrong with Awe Naturale is that it's too short. —Leor Galil Whoevers open.