Tonight In Music: Hot Bodies In Motion, Anya Marina, Shabazz Palaces, and more

Lindsey Scully / July 1, 2011

The Vera Project Presents A Drink For The Kids Grand Finale with Hot Bodies In Motion @ Sunset Tavern | 7/1 | 9pm | $10-12 (Get Tickets) | 21+

Photo via Hot Bodies In Motion's Facebook

The Vera Project is a fantastic non-profit in the Seattle area that focuses on the local music scene. Vera not only helps and teaches local musicians how to produce, manage, and put on their own music and shows but also promotes community with being an all-ages venue at all times. Tonight’s show is a rare occurrence in that it is only for 21+; however, tonight’s show will be benefiting Vera and helping for many future all-ages shows at The Vera Project.

Hot Bodies In Motion make dirty, gritty, bluesy, funk rock that gets you all hot-and-bothered and waiting for just one more song. The quartet has a phenomenal array of talent embodied in the group varying from the vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. While they compare themselves to Stevie Ray Vaughan many might scoff but as you listen to a few of their songs you really do see where they are coming from and you note Vaughan’s influence.

Anya Marina, People Eating People @ Chop Suey | 7/1 | 9pm | $12-15 (Get Tickets) | 21+

Photo via Anya Marina's Myspace

Anya Marina made a name for herself when she not only contributed a song for the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack but also for her raspy pop-infused cover of T.I.’s Whatever You Like. Her vocals and style are similar in taste to Sia and The Pierces all while being completely unique, not to mention she’s quite the talented singer/songwriter.


“Seeing People Eating People is definitely an experience to be hand in the first person. Reading about her, listening to her albums, nor watching a video of this artist does the live experience justice. Johnston puts on a show that is theatrical enough to be on Broadway. Even though she presents the show sitting down, her piano playing has fiery jazz hands, and her voice leaps out of her mouth as tandem burlesque dancers in black tutus, seamed stockings, and high heel shoes whirl about the stage.

People Eating People isn’t enchanting Seattleites in mass by charm or bribery, Nouela Johnston has got undeniable talent, musically, vocally, and she puts so much heart into her music, it’s impossible not to love her. Keep your eye out, and the next time you have an opportunity to see People Eating People, don’t miss it!” — Nikki Benson


Night two of Shabazz Palaces, y’all! Let’s do this.

Shabazz Palaces preview by Nikki Benson

Shabazz Palaces Black Up Release Parties @ Neumos | 9pm | $15 | 6/30 (Get Tickets) | 7/01 (Get Tickets) | 21+

Update: SSG Music gave Black Up 10/10. Read our review here.

Shabazz PalacesBlack Up is out today, and Seattle is ablaze. Yesterday, Eric Grandy gave Shabazz Palaces an 8.8/10 in his Pitchfork review. Earlier this morning, Sub Pop was kind enough to release the entire album to stream via YouTube. Just after that, Andrew Matson unveiled his Seattle Times review of Black Up, calling it the album of the year. Cheryl Waters, KEXP’s reigning queen, hosted a live in-studio with Shabazz Palaces at 12 noon. Tonight, they’ll be doing a free, all ages in-store at Queen Anne Easy Street Records. They are cutting it up in every way possible. This is the most exciting record of the year. Listen!


Whether you click with this record automatically or it takes you a few listens, these upcoming album release shows are going to be the shows that we’ll be talking about for the rest of the year. You’ll likely become obsessed with the record and be gnashing your teeth that you missed the show. Also, tickets are going fast, so hop on this NOW!

Here are a few words we said about “Swerve…”

We’re gearing up for the release of Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up on June 28th, and it can’t come soon enough. The pulses, beats, and acoustic percussion of the avant-rap on this record will define the next wave of hip-hop. There have been flashes of futuristic, space-age hip-hop from a few bands that have gotten lost in the mainstream focus groups and overpriced production. Shabazz Palaces’ new record is of the top-shelf variety, but coming from DIY roots, they were able to follow through their vision with class, foresight, and integrity.

Shabazz Palaces – “Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)”

In “Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding),” the final song on Black Up, we get to hear many sides of Shabazz Palaces, including the guest vocals of THEESatisfaction. By now we know that there is usually a directional change amidst most Palaces songs. This time we get thick intro beats, the signature Lazaro riffs, the subtle transition into THEESat, and an outro that encapsulates the album’s namesake with some tribal percussion and ambient electronics. Keep us guessing ’til the very end, Shabazz! Keep us guessing. – Nikki Benson

Check out our portraits of Shabazz Palaces here, and our full review of Black Up is coming soon. check out our review of Black Up here.

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