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From this week's Short List:
Beehive, the Stereo Future, Breaker Breaker, Bre Loughlin
Comet Tavern, $6, 9 p.m.
Though many indie-pop bands go chasing after the ’80s synth sound like Aimee Mann chased the dragon, Seattle staple the Stereo Future is one of the few that actually manage to nab the sucker. After releasing their first EP, Young People, independently, the band was signed by Japan-based Delicious Label and subsequently released a second EP, Grit!. But while the follow-up demonstrates a marked increase in focus and confidence for the group, better things are yet to come. “Level Eight,” a brand-new track, improves on the synthy, maudlin ’80s pop style many of us cut our teeth on. But perhaps it’s time to stop looking back. With the kind of talent and potential the Stereo Future already exhibit, we have something even better waiting on the horizon of Northwest electro-pop. With Beehive, Breaker Breaker, and Bre Loughlin.
-- SARA BRICKNER
Black Mountain, Yeasayer, MGMT, Howlin' Rain
Neumo's, $12, 8 p.m.
We asked Whalebones frontman and stoner-rock player/listener/lover Justin Deary to chime in on his pals Black Mountain and Howlin’ Rain. Here’s where he took it: If you look to rock ’n’ roll to keep your spirit wild, young, and free—to keep your thirst for love on fire, to keep your heart and legs strong to kick against authority—look no further for the truth. Black Mountain are here. They will lead you to the glowing, healing lake where you will wade in and feel your burdens lifted. They will leave you in the middle of the wilderness alone and connected to the spirit of the earth. They’ve led you through the halls of hell. You can swim underwater forever with your eyes open. See it all float by. If only for a moment, in this twisted nonstop world, get fucking lost. Ride the epic rainbow. Raise a glass and thank them from afar. There is no substitute for these sounds. There is no other band with this power. You’ve got the time. Lay your troubles down. Don’t look behind you. You are safe and free. There is no better time in your life for a Black Mountain show. Howlin’ Rain are another chapter in the definitive ledger of modern rock masters. Go to their MySpace page and listen to “Dancers at the End of Time.” Ethan Miller and his band of Bay Area rad dudes shred house-rockin’ rhythm and blues to lose your mind to and find it again. Transcendence is the key in which these songs are written. Two questions: Do you believe? Which side are you on? With Yeasayer and MGMT.
-- JUSTIN DEARY