If you've been anywhere near a music blog or record store in recent days, you've heard the praise: The Seattle Times ' Andrew Matson named

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Today Reverb Recommends Seeing What the Shabazz Palaces Hype Is All About at Neumos

If you've been anywhere near a music blog or record store in recent days, you've heard the praise: The Seattle Times' Andrew Matson named debut Shabazz Palaces LP Black Up "the album of the year," while sometime SW writer Eric Grandy took to Pitchfork with an 8.8/10 rating and, among other things, called the record "magical." In this week's edition, Conor Christofferson touched on the mystery of Shabazz Palaces and its enigmatic frontman Ishmael Butler:

He's been called a genius, the future of hip-hop, and the greatest rapper alive, and despite his nearly two decades in the music business, much of that praise has come in just the past two years, on the strength of two anonymously released Shabazz Palaces EPs, a handful of performances, and even fewer interviews.

Fresh off the release of his debut LP Black Up, out Tuesday on Sub Pop, the in-store appearance at Easy Street Records' Queen Anne location promises spectacle for the two-night CD release celebration at Neumos.

Tickets are still available for both nights at $15 a head, and doors open at 8 p.m. Tonight's support comes courtesy of old-school Seattle heads Merm and Mall--which some would call one of the city's all-time best hip-hop crews. Information on the duo is hard to come by, but you can hear "Root of All Evil" below via Jake One's Townbiz Mixtape.

Tomorrow's comes from the spacey Metal Chocolates, aka Fresh Espresso's Rik Rude and producer/vocalist OC Notes. The latter of that duo is also holding down the turntables both nights--and after catching his birthday set at Capitol Club's Jet Set on Monday night, I can assure you it's some DJing worth cruising by early for.

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