Shabazz Palaces, Pattern is Movement | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Shabazz Palaces, Pattern is Movement 

When: Tue., Aug. 26, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $13-$15

You might find yourself hoping to live inside Lese Majesty, the second album from the enigmatic and illusory Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces. Maybe you'll want to cozy up to its pillow-soft layers of synthesizers, lean hard against its giant, bass-buttressed drums or clutch its most instant refrain ("I'm having my cake/and I'm eating cake") like a prized possession. In fact, to get the most out of Lese Majesty, you should climb in for a spell. Comprising 18 tracks split into seven suites, the record refracts Ishmael Butler's lines with a web of astral effects and surrounds it with a psychedelic rearrangement of classic boom bap. Sometimes, such production can make his lines inscrutable. But lean in, and you'll catch glimpses of other-emcee aggression and outer-limits escapism. At its most direct, Lese Majesty suggests a particularly exploratory Outkast; at its most tangential, it suggests hip-hop working to turn itself inside out. Onstage, Shabazz Palaces remain proudly unpredictable, so don't get too comfortable from your time inside Lese Majesty. With soulful and slanted Philadelphia rock duo Pattern is Movement. —Grayson Haver Currin

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