Ahhh, drummers! Love 'em or hate 'em, these perpetual butts of musical jokes (My fave, the tried and true: What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend? Homeless!) never get seem to get their due. Forever stuck in the background, they have the worst time loading in or out, get last pickins of the ladies, and if the spotlight were vitamin C, they'd all be dead of scurvy. That why it's so awesome when they bust out of the Zildjian shackles and become kick ass front men, like the Little Penguins Will Hauler. Sweet William (who is a dead ringer for Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood) has put in close to a decade with the Turn-Ons, but he recently carved a sweet musical niche all his own with Little Penguins' debut Welcome to the Celebration, where Blur meets the Velvets meets Lee & Nancy with just a touch of twang. With a new album, Offer You This Cake, due at summers end, Hauler and company are poised to be the latest hosts of the Seattle "it band" party.
Sun., Aug. 3, 9 p.m., 2008