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January 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM

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Weekend hip-hop, punk rock: 'Beats' and Wimps


"Just for Today, I Won't" by DJAO

The instrumental side of underground hip-hop is enjoying a creative peak in Seattle right now. That's what the deejay-based event "Beats" regularly showcases at Vermillion on Capitol Hill, an art gallery/performance space in the front with a bar/café in the back. Saturday's edition has an all-star lineup, featuring O.G.s of the scene like Specs One, and young guns such as OC Notes and DJAO.


"Repeat" by Wimps (demo)

Seattle woman Rachel Ratner's new punk band Wimps approaches frustrating aspects of existence with deadpan sincerity. The lyrics in "Repeat" go: "When your life seems stuck on repeat: eat, sleep, eat, sleep." And that's it. The tunefulness of the track hints that life may be worth living. But it's only a hint. The clutch of demos recently uploaded to deals with worldwide indignities of being alive, and in the end concludes, "Things Could Be Worse." Wimps plays the Funhouse by the Space Needle Saturday night.

Images courtesy "Beats" and Wimps

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