Theoretics is exactly what the Seattle hip-hop scene needs--what any scene looking to maintain an edge needs, really--at the moment: a funky fresh infusion of live instrumentation and Jurassic 5-style lyrical showmanship. The seven member-strong outfit isn't earth-shatteringly original or mind-bogglingly good. They sound a bit like a mix between The Physics and The Saturday Knights, who sallied forth into the local consciousness riding a wave of hype and good intentions only to sort of peter out. But Theoretics doesn't seem to have that kind puffery stalking them right now, which is a good thing. It'll give them the space to continue making danceable, feel good tunes.

Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m., 2010

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