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Saturday, Oct. 12: Rockwell Powers and DJ Phinisey album release party

Grit City GrindHouse

DJ Phinisey, left, and Rockwell Powers: Stream their new album at Photo credit: Scott Haydon

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From the first resonant chords of piano on Rockwell Powers's and DJ Phinisey's new album, BUILD, it's clear that this is an album that strives to be more than just another album of blustering and posturing. Accompanied by the reading of a poem by Jesse Ann Fouts, opening track "BuildxPoem1" explores the compellingly picturesque idea of a city built of bones and flesh, flanked by seas of fear and longing.

It's an entrancing image with which to open one's album, and Powers follows through on this promise, delivering an album that splits its time between melancholy ruminations about insecurity and spellbinding indictments of the state of music, arts and city. All of these themes are played out over a bed of tastefully restrained beats and washes of electronics.

The release show for BUILD is all ages and will be held at downtown's Grit City GrindHouse - a skate and art shop.

Read Rev. Adam McKinney thoughts on the album and discussion with Rockwell Powers in the Music and Culture section.

ROCKWELL POWERS AND DJ PHINISEY, w/ the Breaklites, RA Scion, Mr. Melanin, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m., Grit City GrindHouse, 311 S. 7th St., Tacoma, $7 advance, $10 door.

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