DJs, Dopamean and labor

Psyche Origami plays Friday at Common Grounds.

Courtesy of Psyche Origami
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 10:38 p.m.
With the myriad of borderline offensive things I've thrown about during my short Sound Check tenure, I can't believe so many of you decided to pounce on my labeling of Vini and the Demons as "defunct" (I suspect a cabal of blues purists chatting away on some covert message board and plotting my demise).
For the record: I meant "defunct" only in the local sense.
Yes, I know Vini and crew are tearing apart Chicago as we speak, and, yes, I know that they will be performing here soon, and, yes, I love them, too, and I'll be giving you the scoop whence the time is right.
Now you all reel it in before I declaw the bad kittens.
n n n Whew. Now I can breathe. The next few weeks will have a veritable smorgasbord of wonderful shows, so keep your eyes peeled and manage your finances accordingly. First up on the aural platter is Psyche Origami, playing Friday at Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave.
Psyche Origami is the rising cream of the underground Atlanta hip-hop crop, and for good reason. With four turntables and a mic, they manage to run a pretty wide gamut of styles while remaining tight and pasteurized fresh.
DJs Dainja and Synthesis are incredible and complement each other in an amazing mélange of styles. MC Wyzsztyk (think wiz-stick) drops flu-like symptoms over profound beat juggling, coming off somewhere between De La Soul and maybe Blackalicious.
Their release "Is Ellipsis" was one of my favorites of last year, so I have high expectations for this show. Also on the bill are One Drop and Is What, so be sure to make a night of it.
n n n Backtracking to tonight, Eddie C's, 1315 S. Main St., will have local prog-metal superheroes Dopamean playing with Visceral.
If you've seen Dopamean, then you know how good they are. If not, then buy the hype and make sure you miss no more. Fans of everything from Dillinger Escape Plan to Meshuggah to Converge to maybe System of a Down are encouraged to attend, as their tech-metal reigns supreme.
n n n Skipping back to Friday, the Atlantic, 15 N. Main St., continues its recent weekend runs with DJ Le Spam and the Spam All-Stars. Fans of funky goodness mixed with Afro-Cuban sensibilities will find themselves fat and happy.
n n n Also on Friday, Morningbell, The Selfish Gene, Candy Bars and Witness the Fitness will take over Faces Lounge, 12 SW 2nd St., for the night. Expect everything from triggered stage lights to a suitcase full of arts and crafts as these dandy fops all try to make the world a better place.
n n n As for Saturday, Faces also will have Ploww, Team Mascot, isentninjas and the boy and the knife. Moodiness, virtuosity and beer shall be the edicts for the night, so it should be a good time. Head out to see quite a few of Gville's up-and-comers (and never you mind that isentninjas is from Orlando).
n n n We'll also have a few eclectic shows this week.
Over at the University Auditorium on campus, Christopher O'Riley will perform pieces from his newest album, "True Love Waits," which consists of Radiohead tunes arranged for solo piano. The songs gain an added sense of tension and beauty as O'Riley emphasizes the dynamic range present in the dour Brits' catalogue. Shostakovich will also be interspersed throughout the concert, as O'Riley finds a clear link between the composer's "Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Nos. 18-24" and the songs of Radiohead. Recommended.
n n n As for Sunday, Grace at Fort Clarke UMC, 9325 W. Newberry Road, will have the Jim Hurst Band performing a benefit for Gainesville Community Ministries. Jim Hurst is a nationally renowned bluegrass guitar player, so red-hot licks should be standard fare for the night.
Tickets are available at the Grace UMC office, Lipham Music, Band Central Station and Parramore Music.
n n n Lastly, Anne Feeney will be performing tonight at the Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave.
Feeney considers herself a direct link to the tradition of Woody Guthrie and other folk pioneers, and you'd find me hard-pressed to disagree. Her songs sit firmly in the roots of protest music, and she's perhaps best known for performing pro-worker/union anthems at various protest locations over the years. Her labor songs project a history rarely seen 'round these parts, so the night should be educational in addition to just plain fun.
Check it out.
Conor Mitchell can be reached at soundcheckconor@

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