While the adrenalin-surging effect of the local hip-hop scenes growing significance is causing some to insist that Seattles rock scene is on the wane, the reality is that its just being augmented for the better. The mischievous MCs behind the Saturday Knights are hardly dismissive of punk passionthats probably why they pulled Cops frontman Mike Jaworski on board as a guitarist last year. Joining the Knights tonight are Dyme Def, whose strong, deceptively simple delivery and brash personas helped land them the coveted opening slot (along with the more cerebral wordsmiths of Cancer Rising) on the recent Wu Tang Clan bill at the Showbox. Local rock aint dead, it just has to share the playground with the rest of the kids, and that sort of integration is good for everyone. HANNAH LEVIN
Listen to a sample of The Saturday Knights' "Gospel."
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Fri., Jan. 11, 9 p.m., 2008