Panda & Angel

If Low and My Bloody Valentine could mate, their offspring would sound like Seattle six-piece Panda & Angel. The best band to be named after drug addicts since Jane’s Addiction, P&A compose symphonic, shoegazer-ish pop songs about trailer-dwelling junkies—specifically, guitarist Josh Wackerly’s former co-worker Panda and the latter’s girlfriend, Angel. After changing labels and half its members quit, things looked bleak for P&A. But the remaining players soldiered on; they holed up in the studio for six months to record over two dozen songs. Some of those songs will comprise a forthcoming untitled EP on the Jade Tree label; others will be available on the band’s first full-length album this spring. As for the real Panda & Angel? They’re still in Mansfield, Ohio, where Wackerly met them; he hopes to conduct audio interviews with Panda, once a musician himself, and include snippets in his songs. Also on the bill in this benefit concert for Girls Rock! are Dutchess and the Duke, Kusikia, and Another Perfect Day. Vera Project (Seattle Center), 956-8372, www.theveraproject.org. $11 (all ages). 7:30 p.m. SARA BRICKNER

Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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