Black Whales play the West Seattle Easy Street tonight in preparation for their EP release show at the Tractor Tavern on Friday. That starts at 5 p.m. and is all ages.
Grand Archives also have an in-store to celebrate the release of their sophomore record, Keep in Mind Frankenstein, which is at the Sonic Boom Records on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. That's free and is also all ages.
Foreign Exchange, YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand, Zo! & the Els, the Physics, DJ Topspin at Nectar, 9 p.m., $15
For those of us who hate categories but use them anyway (because, after all, they are necessary reference points/tools), the hip-hop meets downtempo meets jazz meets electronica meets R&B duo Foreign Exchange is a wonderful thing to have swimming around in the culture. Singer/songwriter Phonte and his producer Nicolay set up shop on the edge of so many genres and subgenres. Their first full-length, 2004's Connected, while not slept on by some influential heads in the industry, nevertheless failed to propel the boys into a respectable realm of due (mainstream) recognition. And it doesn't appear their follow-up, Leave it All Behind, will do that either. But no matter: the soft yet intense voice of Phonte (think Bilal with slightly less fire) and the lush, warm arrangements of Nicolay make them two valuable currencies on the exchange. KEVIN CAPP