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Carrie Biell

Audio samples and the rest of the week's recommended shows are in The Short List.

Carrie Biell, Kasey Anderson, Airport Cathedral, Kaylee Cole

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Live Music Tonight: The Can't See, Carrie Biell, and More

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Carrie Biell

Audio samples and the rest of the week's recommended shows are in The Short List.

Carrie Biell, Kasey Anderson, Airport Cathedral, Kaylee Cole

Sunset Tavern, $6, 9 p.m.

Airport Cathedral is the long-running, atmospheric indie-roots project of freakishly talented Seattle singer/multi-instrumentalist Andy Fitts. Because he’s typically involved with about 149 bands at once—he spent much of last year as the touring bassist for Aqueduct, and was also in the lineup of fellow locals With Friends Like These—Airport Cathedral has sat dormant for long stretches of time, but the collaborative outfit returns as a five-piece band this week at the Sunset. In the past they’ve earned not-entirely-unfair comparisons to Pedro the Lion and John Vanderslice: Fitts and Dave Bazan share a similar sort of husky tenor and deliberate, weighty vocal pacing; and, like Vanderslice, Fitts has a penchant for experimenting with bits of electronics alongside his acoustic strums, organ hums, and piano plinks. It all should make for a captivating set, which will hopefully include some new material. With Carrie Biell, Kasey Anderson, and Kaylee Cole.

-- MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Club Pop with White Williams, Health, Check Minus, DJs Colby B and Glitterpants

Chop Suey, 9 p.m.

Either White Williams has crawled through some magic portal that leads into the same mental microcosm where artistic visionaries like Bowie, Eno, Talking Heads, and Neu! all found their groove, or the playful 24-year-old just knows how to hone the uniquely stylish characteristics of those who came before him really fucking well. And I mean that as the utmost compliment. On Williams’ Tigerbeat 6 debut, Smoke, he is as humorous as he is strange—and the songs he makes, all infected with bouncy, retro goodness (including a nostalgic cover of “I Want Candy”), lock you into his twisted, colorful world, where “we’ll hang from the branches, while the mayor dances, in the headlines.” They are as smart or dumb as they are complicated or simple. Williams may still be green compared to the ahead-of-their-time vets his musical vision is undoubtedly in debt to, but there’s no denying that Williams has created some truly great art-pop songs of today and the future. You’ll be reading about White Williams in the headlines everywhere. Mark my word. With Health, Check Minus, and DJs Colby B and Glitterpants.

-- TRAVIS RITTER

Cock and Swan (CD release), Beast Please Be Still, guests

Comet Tavern, $6, 9 p.m.

Although tonight’s CD release party is for Cock and Swan’s masterfully meticulous Marshmallow Sunset, openers Beast, Please Be Still, a seven-piece instru-emo ensemble, are also in the throes of celebrating their recent self-titled debut. But it’s not only release dates and animal-referencing names that make this a well-suited pairing. Both bands musically tend to venture into tripped-out, moody, experimental landscapes. C&S do it on the simple, electro-ambient tip, while BPBS play oh-so-pretty, highly dramatic ditties that come on with a sweeping, almost prog-rockishness (you can sample their track “Mastodon March Smilodon Smile” online). Expect this crowd to be of the smart, head-swaying, slightly stoned variety. You know your friend who takes a bong hit and spends two hours deeply contemplating everything in existence, including which T-shirt to wear out that night? Take him or her and enjoy. With guests. -- MA’CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Mr. Lif and the Perceptionists, Dim Mak, Rudy and the Rhetoric

Nectar, $10, 9 p.m.

What does Boston-born underground MC Mr. Lif think of minimum-wage slave gigs? Do the math: “You work a thirty a day, away/The government takes a third of your check, correct/You go home and drink cause you don’t get an ounce of respect/And your spirit is wrecked.” Since the ferociously aware Mr. Lif popped onto the scene in the late ’90s amid a keg stand of party anthems, eventually landing on famed indie label Definitive Jux, such keen observations as found on the cut “Live From the Plantation?? have been his lyrical modus operandi. It’s also one his comrades Akrobatik and DJ Fakts, who together with Mr. Lif form the Perceptionists, use; i.e., simple formulations that equal a dark sociopolitical reality—think Dead Prez meets Mr. Wizard. So tonight, bring your calculator, and your conscience. With Dim Mak and Rudy and the Rhetoric.

-- KEVIN CAPP

The Can't See, See Me River and the Dead Horse Creek

The Wild Rose, 8 p.m.

The only regrettable thing about this show is that it doesn’t fall on a Tuesday. There’s not much better in this life than the Wildrose’s Taco Tuesdays—juicy dollar tacos (beef or spicy black bean) and $2 Sols cast a warm, sunny glow that somehow makes getting through the winter a bit more bearable. But even without the cheap, meaty tacos, Thursday’s show offers reason enough to head to the Rose. The always on point Can’t See (whose performance of “Barfight” is a highlight in Seattle’s own Burn to Shine DVD) will likely see frontman John Atkins sweat-soaked by set’s end, and See Me River and the Dead Horse Creek are rocking new addition, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Tosten Larson—by way of Montana—who’s harmonies and keyboard pounding bring a raucous, Wolf Parade-meets-Menomena quality to Kerry Zettel’s ambitious project.

-- AJA PECKNOLD

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You can download the The Can't See's entire album, Comma Comma No More, right here.

 
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