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Man Plus, Ragazza, Lady Krishna's Peppermint Lounge, Motorik
Comet Tavern, $6, 9 p.m.
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get in at the ground level with underappreciated Seattle band Man Plus. With Hungarian Suicide Songbook, its second full-length release, the band has catapulted itself into the next galaxy like a shooting star all covered with glitter, neon-pink feathers, googly eyes, and felt lightning bolts. Songbook’s dynamic song structures drag the listener over a rock-candy terrain, with heavy walls of guitar, rushing rivers of synth, driving backbeats, and multipronged hooks that make for a forceful and ambitious effort. It will make you feel like you’ve cheated the space-time continuum, come face to face with dark matter, and been thrust into your old bedroom in the mid-’80s with your mini-me having a crazy dance party dressed like Madonna with all your old stuffed animals. Then dragged back in and out again into your future life, and finding that no matter how many wrong turns you think you’re making, everything will ultimately add up to awesome. With Ragazza, Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge, and Motorik.
-- AJA PECKNOLD
Pinback, MC Chris
Showbox at the Market, $18, 8 p.m.
Since the San Diego duo of Armistead B. Smith IV and Rob Crow released This Is Pinback in 1999, they’ve been on a mix of The O.C. and have recently appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Anyone who knew me during the winter of 2002–03 probably heard their debut plus their second album, Blue Screen Life, roughly 8 million times, but music that can be in the background isn’t to be confused with boring music. On their fourth CD, Autumn of the Seraphs (which received drum efforts from Rocket From the Crypt’s Mario Rubalcaba), the Smith/Crow duo cements its ability to craft a melodic, hypnotic, yet relentlessly driving beat, one that swells and fades evenly, not unlike the San Diego tide and sunset themselves. Beautifully lulling indie comfort food: a surefire thing for the February blues, my friend. With MC Chris.
-- KARLA STARR
Three Imaginary Girls Present the 3rd Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit Dancing on the Valentine 3: A 1985 Valentine's Day Dance featuring Central Services, C'mon C'mon, the Cops, the Femurs, Hotels, Bre Loughlin, Ms. Led, Peter Parker
Nectar, $10, 8 p.m.
When Jenny George was 12 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia and told she didn’t have more than 30 days to live. Against all odds (and with the help of some particularly brutal chemotherapy sessions), she beat the disease and was able to realize all sorts of dreams, including motherhood and a fantasy about having all of her friends play a Duran Duran cover night on her 30th birthday. For the past three years, that cover night has been an annual tradition and a highly successful benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tonight she’s widened the parameters to include a free-for-all of ’80s covers (the only caveat is nothing from prior to 1985 can be played), and we can look forward to plenty of Prince songs, a Human League medley, and, most alluringly, members of the Cops doing Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That.” With Central Services, C’mon C’mon, the Femurs, Hotels, Bre Loughlin, Ms. Led, and Peter Parker.
-- HANNAH LEVIN