Squirrel Nut Zippers

There's retro, and then there's retro. The re-emergence of mid-'90s alternative bands, of course, a natural thing, as a generation that thought they'd be forever post-adolescent is now bumping up on their 40s. But to see a mid-'90s alternative band re-emerge in this decade playing music that – even when it was new – nods toward the sounds of pre-war swing … well, that's a whole different degree of meta-reflection. But what's even weirder about the return of Squirrel Nut Zippers to the stage at this point in time is how absolutely timely their sound is now. The band was always about reconfiguring strains of folk music -- blues, jazz, klezmer, etc. -- and, having been mellowed by a half-decade of activity, those strains now come together in a much more cohesive and fluid way that would be right at home nestled into KEXP's playlists. Their recent live album, Lost at Sea, gives a pretty good indication as to where they're at these days, and you'd be well-advised to leave the flapper dress at home. With Steve Soto & the Twisted Hearts. 7 p.m. show all ages. JASON FERGUSON

Mon., Dec. 28, 7 & 10 p.m., 2009

 
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