If you Google "British Pixies" you'll suffer results on everything from elves to porn. By narrowing the search to music, you'll see the phrase questionably applied to everyone from British Sea Power to the Smiths. I'm sure I'm not the first to make this case, but I've always believed that the title rightfully goes to the Wedding Present. Though the Smiths may have come first, it's Gedge & Co. whose style, scope of influence and resurrection most mirror those of indie rock's most beloved Bean Town babies. Especially in Seattle, where there have to be at least 16 bands I can think of that have been so "influenced" by the Wedding Present they should be paying royalties (and none of whom are opening tonight's show). Instead, TWP are smartly paired with Earlimart, another band which, much like a cheerleader on Prozac, knows how to mask the misery in a pretty, perky package.
Wed., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., 2008