Music: Small Time Crooks and I Am the Messenger

At The Mad Hatter two local bands team up for a dual release party celebrating their latest creations. Small Time Crooks' new full-length, Revenge of the Underdogs, Hip Hop/Pop mix is playful, colorful and multidimensional. I Am the Messenger takes a M

At The Mad Hatter two local bands team up for a dual release party celebrating their latest creations. And the disparity between the their musical styles is a great testament to how local bands don’t seem too concerned about genre classification, at least in terms of what bands they play shows with. With the entire world of music now laid out online, music fans dedicated to one sole type of music are becoming less and less. For Friday’s show, Hip Hop, Pop, Metal and Punk collide for what should be a fun night of live music. It will definitely be diverse. (Let It Happen, All Out Best and Conditional Compromise also perform at the all-ages show.)

Small Time Crooks' new full-length, Revenge of the Underdogs, Hip Hop/Pop mix is playful, colorful and multidimensional, utilizing vintage-sounding synths and beats, cool samples, uplifting-to-occasionally-silly rhymes and strong vocal hooks. While in concert the band comes across as more of a Rock/Punk/Rap/Pop thing, but on record the strength of the individual pieces becomes more clear.

Friday is also the release show for I Am the Messenger's new Humans EP. The band takes a Metal/Hardcore approach and injects it with a steady stream of Pop melodies. But unlike Small Time Crooks the blend often becomes a blur as the melodies get buried beneath the “rrrroar!” vocals

Get show details and Sound Advice here

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