Tonight in Music: Fences, Les Nubians, Prince Rama

Suzi Pratt / September 23, 2010

Fences [CD release] @ The Crocodile | 09/23 | 8PM | $10adv | 21+

The music of Chris Mansfield (aka Fences) is best described as tragic, but don’t let that get you down.  Mansfield himself is a self-described “f*ck up,” but he pulls it off beautifully in the form of his haunting baritone, low key acoustic arrangements, and truthful lyrics abound with repetitive choruses that tug and stick to your memory.  For a beautifully tragic listening experience, don’t miss Fences’ CD release show tonight, with Richie Young (of Loch Lomond) and Campfire Ok also on the bill.

Les Nubians @ Showbox SoDo | 09/23 | 8PM | $22adv, $25dos | All-ages

Now HERE is a refreshing, unique sound!  Parisian sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart are the duo known as Les Nubians, a R&B Grammy-nominated French language musical group, best known for the single “Makeda” and “Je Veux D’la Musique.”  Even though their music is sung entirely in French, you don’t need to known the language to be entranced by their rich, gorgeous a cappellas, sultry, tantalizing rhythms that beg a dance, and what will no doubt be an array of colorful, catchy costumes.  Don’t miss your chance to get your French on at the Showbox SoDo tonight.   Local hip-hop/R&B band Black Stax open.

Prince Rama @ The Vera Project | 09/23 | 7:30pm | $11 | All-ages

Deakin (of Animal Collective) returns to Seattle tonight, this time bringing with him psychedelic/experimental group Prince Rama.  This trio hails from Brooklyn/Boston, although based on their tribal sounds, complete with chanting in Sanskrit, you’d never guess they were American.  It’s heavily rhythmic, tribal noises that at one moment sound like comfortable background music, until the haunting vocals chime in add an eerie, cult-like vibe to the scene.  If you’re an Animal Collective fan, this music will likely appeal to you.

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