If you haven't seen this little YouTube gem yet, here's Mos Def freestyling. Enjoy.

Also, at Re-bar tonight, the Somethin' About House party goes enviro.


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If you haven't seen this little YouTube gem yet, here's Mos Def freestyling. Enjoy.

Also, at Re-bar tonight, the Somethin' About House party goes enviro. Tonight's is a carbon-offset party, with free trees and a bike giveaway. Michael Tello, Ramiro and Chris Field spin.

Mos Def, Dyme Def at the Moore, 8 p.m., $38, all ages

Capp, buddy, I love you, but I also really liked The New Danger.  Ah, well. 

In the late '90s, Mos Def delivered unto hip-hop a pair of righteous

albums crackling with poetic imagery and propulsive wit. But following

the release of the Black Star album, his collaboration with fellow conscious-rap preacher-man Talib Kweli, and his solo debut Black on Both Sides,

the self-anointed "Mighty" Mos Def lost his way. Blame Hollywood.

Although he'd previously left acting to pursue his music, the Faustian

whisper of casting directors lured him back to the screen. And, as

result, the Brooklyn-native's second disc, The New Danger, suffered from his divided attention with its misfired blues applications. His third effort, True Magic,

hit the streets like a corpse. However, judging by the epic,

back-to-basics production of "Life in Marvelous Times," the first

single from his upcoming The Ecstatic, Mos may be able to return the "mighty" to his bruised and battered name. KEVIN CAPP

The Pretenders, Ingrid Michaelson at the Paramount, 7:30 p.m., $45-$65, all ages

Writing about the new Pretenders album invites all sorts of Thomas

Wolfe references. In 1984, Chrissie Hynde looked homeward and sang "My

City Was Gone," a masterpiece that dealt with the cultural and economic

decay of her native Ohio, specifically her hometown. Delivered with

both heartfelt regret and pity for the place, the song certainly made

it sound like she'd be following it up with her own version of You Can't Go Home Again.

But Hynde is made of nails and recently did the opposite after decades

spent living abroad: She moved back to Akron (and, of all things,

opened a vegan restaurant there). As the title suggests, this new album--Break Up the Concrete--was inspired by Hynde's return to her roots. Her first collection of original material since 1990, Concrete is

a no-bullshit platter of American rock. Some songs traffic in

rollicking, hyped-up blues à la Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited," while

others sound like stripped-down Lucinda Williams ballads. The

production is raw, evoking Akron's industrial cityscape. But it's also

fitting for Hynde's personality, which is as rough and blunt as the

factory workers of her hometown. In concert, she puffs up her chest and

plays the toughest girl in the room. When I saw her open for Neil Young

in 2002, she not only made fun of the old hippies in the front rows,

but had the audacity to upstage Neil by playing two of his own

songs...only to be called back out for an encore. Tonight, Ingrid

Michaelson and guests share the bill. BRIAN BARR

Les Hormones, the Coconut Coolouts at the Wild Rose, 8 p.m.

Les Hormones, a three-piece San Francisco punk band with a penchant for

messy rockabilly riffs, sort of like the band Buddy Holly might've

formed if he had not died in that plane crash, but instead was caught

in a time-warp right before the plane went down and transported to Los

Angeles circa 1982, where he made friends with both X and Dwight Yoakam. Les

Hormones' first album was a self-released CD-R that's no longer for

purchase (bummer!), but you can pick up a 7" that just came out on

local Sea-Tac label Heads Up!. The album contains both French and

English versions of the insanely catchy song "Peggy" (see? Somebody in

this band is quite possibly Buddy Holly reincarnated). Seattle's finest

spastic surf punk band, the Coconut Coolouts, support. SARA BRICKNER

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