Canary Sing

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. With Diamond District, Vitamin D. NICK FELDMAN

Sun., May 9, 8 p.m., 2010