Saul Williams rapped, sang, danced, and rocked at the Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room in Seattle this past Tuesday. He played plenty of new tracks such as “Explain My Heart” off of his most recent release, Volcanic Sunlight, but stopped halfway through “Black Stacey” from his self titled album of 2004, claiming he wanted something to dance to instead. His drummer launched into faster paced tracks and kept the intricate beats coming. A live trombone player also worked the keys, a few cowbells, and a mouth instrument which seemed to be commanding the pitch of his melodies. The opener, CX Kidtronik (Atari Teenage Riot, Stones Throw Records) bumped eclectic tracks back to back, such as punks Bad Brains followed immediately by the clarinet jam from the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. Saul’s music could be similarly aggressive or alien at times, but every once in awhile he would bring it back home with a sobering spoken word piece or brief conversation with the crowd. He is truly a joy to see live.