Tonight in Music: Matt Coughlin & The Growlers, For the Love of Music

Guy Keltner / December 21, 2010

Matt Coughlin and the Growlers, Vince Mtz. & The Great Blue Yonder , James Coates & The Lost Souls @ The Tractor | 12/21 | 8pm | $6

Photo by Steve Dunkelberger

What could be more awesome than this photo? Maybe seeing something like this at The Tractor? A native of Montana, Matt Coughlin has been a musician for many years now, and his brand of folk music is more than fitting for his new hometown of Tacoma. The new music is tight, funky, country, and soulful all in one dainty little package, and the band should wow the crowd at the Tractor Tavern tonight.

4 The Love of Music CD Release with Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Macklemore, Champagne Champagne, Cloud Nice, Mad Rad, Fresh Espresso, Mash Hall, Meez, and more at Neumos | 12/21 | 8 pm | $15 ADV | 21+

Seattle hip-hop is definitely for the children. You probably knew that already after having attended one of the many other benefits hosted by local rappers, such as Black Friday’s All For One Benefit featuring The Physics and Jake One, among others.

Tuesday at Neumos sees a truly incredible gathering of hip-hoppers of all the scene’s many sub-genres and factions in celebration of the 4 the Love of Music CD release. The compilation benefits Rainer Vista Boys & Girls Club’s Music Program, which runs after school and during the summer to serve underprivileged youth. 100% of the proceeds from both the album and the concert go straight to the program.

If that wasn’t reason enough to buy a CD or go to the show (how about both?), check the bill. Seattle’s hip-hop scene is rather fragmented and splintered in what seems like a thousand different directions, and very rarely do all the factions unite on one stage. Everybody is represented here: forward-thinking groups with indie appeal like Shabazz Palaces, hard-partiers Mad Rad and Fresh Espresso , retired (?) 808-loving headbus’as Mash Hall, teenage girl obsessin Macklemore, the hella gangsta d-boy stylings of Meez, and many more.

There’s something here for everybody, including booze — Sailor Jerry will be providing some adult refreshments, and proceeds of the sales of their rum go straight to Boys & Girls Club. Drink up, enjoy a multitude of great acts, and cop a CD on Tuesday. – Joe Gustav

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