The Roseland, visually not one of my favorite venues, started off their MFNW shows last night with an only mildly interesting mix of rap and hip-hop artists. Nacho Picasso is a Seattle based rapper that doesn't hesitate to follow the mainstream trends of dirty, often vulgar vocals. His saving grace has always been the variety and uniqueness of his backing tracks and beats provided by his many collaboration projects. I only wish that the SEA-based production duo Blue Sky Black Death, who have worked with him in the past, were there to fill the show with their beautiful, ethereal and well crafted sounds. Joey BadA$$, who headlined the show, seems to be pulling a bit of hype these days. I feel like I can't get down with the $$ in his name, and musically I wasn't swayed.

Nacho Picasso at the Roseland

Summer Cannibals, the Portland dears that they are, were a fun and easy opener at Dante's. Black Bananas were drunk and sloppy, and front woman Jennifer Herrema seemed surprised and annoyed that they weren't getting more cheers and claps after their songs. The real point of the first night of MFNW was of course old school punkers Redd Kross (also irritatingly spelled). They don't like people describing them as pop-punk, but their age and experience make for a fantastic show. They know how to perform. Let's just say that the bar for rock and roll poses has been set.

Redd Kross

Lots more to look forward to this week! More photos after the jump!

Joey BadA$$

Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals

Black Bananas

Black Bananas

Redd Kross

Redd Kross

Redd Kross

Redd Kross

Redd Kross

Redd Kross