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Cock & Swan, Laguna, Kids on Bikes
Sunset Tavern, $6. Wed., March 12, 9:00pm
I'm so intrigued with Seattle's Kids on Bikes and their matching white turtleneck/multi-colored eye make-up wearing selves; all of my descriptions of them wind up sounding delicious. For instance, "Kids on Bikes' are like a hearty portion of Boards of Canada slathered in a decadent Clientele sauce and served on a plate of early Belle and Sebastian". I know, I know, it makes them sound like they could be purchased at a tackily decorated chain restaurant with an appetizer and dessert, for a limited time, just $9.99. But be assured they are so much classier than that. And for a mere $6, this combo serves you some Laguna! and my favorite married electro-duo Cock and Swan, who are as rich, dreamy and sweet as any nine-layer, tripled dipped, caramel, fudge, peanut butter pie you could slowly kill yourself with.
-- MA’CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR
Tiny Vipers, Yann Novak
Triple Door Mainstage, $12. Wed., March 12, 7:30pm
Tiny Vipers is the nom-de-indie-folk of solo Seattle songstress Jesy Fortino. And the seven austere numbers on her perfectly devastating, devastatingly perfect Hands Across the Void—easily one of my favorite albums of last year—live up to her moniker: Fashioned mostly out of just vocals and rudimentary acoustic guitar, they seem unassuming at first, but once you get close to them you realize they totally slay. Fortino’s voice is not pretty, not in the conventional sense, anyway, but it’s pretty damn compelling—like, say, Kristin Hersh, it’s husky, raw, and prone to cracking, and its emotional heft can absolutely stop you in your tracks. Some of her somber songs resemble prayer sessions on some doomed vessel; in “Shipwreck,” Fortino sings of loneliness as “The storm that casts you overboard into ocean’s cold,” plunging into her words with the shaded agony of a stunned widow.
-- MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
Bonus Listen: Hear Tiny Vipers perform at SXSW 2007 at Emo's. Gives you an idea of why she's better suited for the Triple Door than SXSW. Sorry, the quality's not that great, but considering it's SXSW week, I may as well mine all the SXSW material that I can, especially since I'm not in Austin right now gathering material for next year. So, y'all are going to be stuck re-living SXSW 2007 for ETERNITY!!!