THEESatisfaction and Shabazz Palaces share the stage at Neumos on Feb 17, 2011. All photos by Lucas Anderson.

Could this be the year that Seattle hip hip goes global? Newly minted Sub Pop artists Shabazz Palaces already have fans at pitchfork.com and Rolling Stone; plus Rhapsody called their new release one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. But sassy duo THEESatisfaction also deserves critical love for their politically charged space rap. Which is why it’s nothing short of A Moment when you get to see both acts live, sharing a stage. No headliners, no openers. Just two guys, two girls, and a whole lot of smoke and beats. They balance each other: THEESatisfaction is all energy, the Four Loko to Shabazz’s smooth whiskey. And now that the ladies have joined the Sub Pop family too, we might be seeing a lot of this foursome in our future.

View the slideshow (above) for shots from last night’s concert at Neumos. All photos by Lucas Anderson.