A week on the scene
Dutch vocalist Jaap Blonk is one of the preeminent sound poets in contemporary avant-garde music, a fearless composer and multi-media artist who uses his voice as an improvisational instrument. On Friday, December 2, the 52-year-old Blonk will perform two sets at the Wiggle Room (2301 S. Presa), one backed by Austin musicians Kurt Newman (guitar), and Chris Cogburn (percussion), and another by himself. Showtime is 8 p.m., and the cover is whatever you can part with in the $8-15 range.
An animal adoption gathering might not seem like the best place to catch live music, but the Saturday, December 3 benefit for the Southern Animal Rescue Association offers a formidable lineup that includes Hyperbubble, Ken Little, the Floating Opera Band, and Rice & Beans. The event, which also includes a silent art auction, runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Schnabel Park, located at 9600 Bandera Road.
Seasons In Hell
Chris Palko, the young emcee known as Cage, has lived a genuine hard-knock life. He was born on a military base in Wurzberg, Germany to a father who was dishonorably discharged for dealing and using heroin, left his wife for another woman, and eventually had a standoff with New York State Troopers after threatening his family with a shotgun. Cage endured years of emotional, physical, and drug abuse before being sent to Stony Lodge Psychiatric hospital at the age of 16, where he was a guinea pig for the then-experimental drug Prozac. After a pair of suicide attempts and more medication he finally left “The Lodge” at 18 to pursue a rap career.
Cage’s latest album Hell’s Winter is his debut for indie heavyweights Definitive Jux. The record is a sonic testament to Cage’s struggles and evolution from horror-core showboat to an artist coming to grips with his demons. Standout tracks include “Too Heavy for Cherubs,” which references his troubled father, the meth-bashing “Peeranoia,” and “Grand Ol Party Crash,” featuring Jello Biafra doing his best George Bush. Those seeking challenging hip-hop of substance should not miss Cage’s appearance in Austin at Emo’s on Friday, December 2. Showtime is 10 p.m. Call (512) 477-EMOS for more info.