by Leah Sottile
Turns out this is one helluva weekend for music, friends.
There's a Spokane punk rock documentary in the works and the filmmakers are shooting at a killer Cretin Hop show tonight: A Better Hope Foundation, Losing Skin, Reviver, Reason for Existence, Lobster Jaw, Ze Krau (a couple of them are a part of the film team) and the High Holies. This ain't no bar show — so get there early — meaning the whole thing will probably be done around 11 pm. Starts at 5 pm, $7.
Empyrean is cutting the ribbon, smashing champagne on the bow to celebrate their successful move to the Big Dipper building. The Little Engine that Could of Spokane's music scene, Empyrean is throwing three shows for the occasion. Tonight: Pegasus Dream, the Sassmatrons, the Toy Garden, Housefire. Saturday night: Damien Jurado, Wolfgang, Hannah Reader and Eric Regeleus. And Sunday: Kaylee Cole, the Maldives, Hey is for Horses and Pablo Trucker. All shows at 7 pm and are $8.
The Blvd. delivers a one-two punch with Saturday's lineup. The early show (all-ages, 6 pm, $5) puts recent RAWK competitors, Jazz, on the bill with Cyrus Fell Down and Seattle's post-metal outfit, Into the Storm. Stick around for the late show (at 9 pm, $6, 18 ), a hip-hop showcase featuring locals Bela Union, the Box Cutters and, our personal favorite, Jaeda.
Twista gives the Micro Machine man a run for his money. A few years back, the Guinness book proclaimed Twista was the fastest rapper in the world, spitting out 11.2 syllables per second. Dude, that's so fast. He'll play the Luxury Box (10512 E. Sprague) on Saturday night at 8 pm. It's 21 and will cost you $30 at the door.
So get out there folks. Pleasure yourself this weekend — musically, of course.