Death Cab For Cutie's new single, "I Will Possess Your Heart," for their forthcoming record, Narrow Stairs, due in stores on May 13.

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Live Music This Weekend: Death Cab, Rilo Kiley, Handsome Furs

Death Cab For Cutie's new single, "I Will Possess Your Heart," for their forthcoming record, Narrow Stairs, due in stores on May 13.

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Death Cab for Cutie, Cave Singers

Admiral Theatre, $35, 8 p.m.

Bremerton's taken it on the chin plenty of times through the years (the “Bremelo” stigma, no home delivery of the NY Times, etc.). And, if you want to catch a show in Seattle, you have to choose between the 10:30 p.m. and 12:50 a.m. boat home. Residents have never been to a show without humping their watch, and running to the Coleman Dock. For a while, Bremerton housed EndFest, bringing acts like Radiohead, Korn, Offspring, and Kidrock to the neighborhood. But lately, the biggest thing to happen musically is the occasional appearance from MxPx, and Big Mouth Music's DIY shows featuring the likes of Rocky Votolato, Schoolyard Heroes, and Kane Hodder. When Death Cab takes the stage in frontman Ben Gibbard's hometown, Friday night, I don't believe I'm exaggerating when I say they'll be the only band in Admiral Theater history who can say, “Our last gig was at the KeyArena.” And it'll be one of the few shows of the year the Bremerton kids won't have to ask, “When's the next ferry?”


The Teenagers, the Handsome Furs, guests

Neumo's, $12, Saturday

“I’d like to thank [Sub Pop founder] Jon Poneman for this lovely physique- all that foi gras is making me fat!” joked shirtless Handsome Furs frontman Dan Boeckner from the stage at Austin’s Bourbon Rocks during their appearance at the Sub Pop SXSW showcase. He’s still quite lean and lithe—despite the fact that Wolf Parade, his primary project has enjoyed much success since their first release on the label. Ever busy with WP tours and recording, in between he managed to find time to get hitched and start a side-project, Handsome Furs, with his platinum blonde betrothed Alexei Perry. Though their debut full-length Plague Park is a glitchy mostly down tempo effort that rises and falls like a gentle, but cooperative sea, live the duo fill the stage with a buzzing, electric energy. Perry slams her body over the black sample box, jerking back and forth to the beat like an oil rig pounding into the earth. Sleepy-eyed Boeckner commands attention thrashing about with the guitar, his unmistakable vocals moving seamlessly from staccato wails to a subdued, congested baritone. It’s a satiating experience to be sure, and with a new Wolf Parade record on the brink of dropping, it’s likely to be awhile before you can catch these two again.


Rilo Kiley, Whispertown 2000, Michael Runion

Showbox SODO, $22.50 adv./$25, Sunday, 8 p.m.

Wow, you’d think Rilo Kiley would be toast by now. Singer/guitarist Blake Sennett is dating Winona Ryder—a walking jinx for practically every musician she’s ever dated (and that list is looooong). And who would’ve guessed singer/multi-instrumentalist Jenny Lewis—possessor of a burgeoning solo career and the ability to make indie-rock dudes (and crusty old rock critics) drool uncontrollably on her own—would stick around this long? But the band is still together, is still touring behind last year???s Under the Blacklight, and is still, one would imagine, a stellar live act, at least based on Rilo’s impassioned Showbox gig last September. I’m not a huge fan of the nü-wavish Blacklight, especially compared to the band’s earlier, country-dusted indie-pop material, but the new songs sounded terrific that night and blended in quite well with the old; the band was completely into the performance; and the way-sold-out crowd was absolutely electric. I’d expect similar fireworks tonight. With Whispertown 2000 and Michael Runion.


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