Tonight: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Neumos, Origami Ghosts at the Rendezvous

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $17. Sub Pop built its reputation on grunge and sustained it on

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Tonight: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Neumos, Origami Ghosts at the Rendezvous

  • Tonight: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Neumos, Origami Ghosts at the Rendezvous

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    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $17. Sub Pop built its reputation on grunge and sustained it on indie rock. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are absolutely neither of those. The first signees to Sub Pop subsidiary Next Ambiance, Ngoni Ba is a four-person family act from Mali, all playing the ngoni, a West African string instrument related to the banjo but unique in its long drum skin body. The sound is rolling and soulful and nimbly picked. Four of these nuanced instruments play like the wittiest and liveliest of conversations sung by clever plucks and strums. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

    Origami Ghosts, with Hello the Mind Control, Waytansea Point, Teeth of Turquoise. Jewelbox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823. 10 p.m. $5. Like their respective namesakes, Seattle's Origami Ghosts make music that is delicate and haunting. The band's songs glide along in slow motion like a hand out the window of a car on a golden summer's day, floating and diving along with the wind. Their hushed, intimate songs sound like they were recorded in a dark, quiet bedroom, but they especially shine when fleshed out into full-band arrangements. Whether building on some of the oceanic sway of Three Mile Pilot or Black Heart Procession ("Endless Corridors") or presenting a janglier version of Polvo ("East Station"), Origami Ghosts have struck a near-perfect balance of still-of-the-night melancholy and the dreamy introspection of a mid-summer's afternoon. GREGORY FRANKLIN
     
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