Tonight: Canary Sing at Chop Suey, James Taylor & Carole King at Key Arena, Dosh at the High Dive

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Tonight: Canary Sing at Chop Suey, James Taylor & Carole King at Key Arena, Dosh at the High Dive

  • Tonight: Canary Sing at Chop Suey, James Taylor & Carole King at Key Arena, Dosh at the High Dive

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    Canary Sing, with Diamond District, Vitamin D. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $10. All ages. If smart hip-hop is something Seattle does well, then consider the brilliant Central District duo of Madeleine "Lioness" Clifford and Hollis "Ispire" Wong-Wear pinnacles of that scene. Their spoken word background makes itself evident, and a self-defined "playfully political" nature makes for an elegantly forceful message. Canary Sing's newest release (and occasion for tonight's night's celebration), titled The Beautiful Baby EP, features production from names like Marcus D and MTK and mixing by Justo of The Physics and town legend Vitamin D. It's an unfortunate fact that female emcees don't have an easy time of things in the hip-hop industry, but with any luck Canary Sing will get the attention they deserve. NICK FELDMAN

    James Taylor and Carole King. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., 682-8225. 7:30 p.m. $55.82-$140.54. All ages. Nearly 40 years ago, James Taylor and Carole King took the stage at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles for the very first time together. Both were on the cusp of superstardom: Taylor was being showered with praise for his just-released second album, Sweet Baby James, and a few months later he would score his first number-one hit with the King-penned "You've Got a Friend." King would soon release her multi-platinum album Tapestry. Four decades later - and a combined tens of millions of albums sold, shelves full of Grammys, and membership for both in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - the duo has embarked on a "Troubadour Reunion" tour to celebrate that night of music. Joined by the same backing band, they're revisiting the songs each performed that evening and drawing from the myriad hits they've scored since. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

    Dosh, with White Hinterland, Surrealized. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 8 p.m. $12. My first exposure to Martin Dosh was a YouTube video of one man in a room full of instruments, building layer upon layer of loops to make a swirling, loping composition that somehow felt both meticulously crafted and totally loose. Dosh's music capitalizes on loop pedals, the interweavings of warm Rhodes-y melodies, buzzing synths, digital glitches and jazz-influenced percussion, working as a perfect mash-up of organic musical creation with the digital era's tools of the trade. Somewhere along the way, he joined forces with fellow loop-fiend Andrew Bird, collaborating on Bird's last two records and touring extensively as one of Bird's band members. Abstract without being too ridiculously highbrow, Dosh's music is a visionary art project. GREGORY FRANKLIN

     
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