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At the Spine, whose CD release show happens tonight at the Sunset

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Friday Night Show Suggestions

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At the Spine, whose CD release show happens tonight at the Sunset

There are a billion great things happening tonight. Studio 66 is happening at Lo-Fi, rock shows, the Grynch at the Vera Project...just too much stuff to talk about in detail. But, here are a couple (more) shows you might consider:

Sleeping Bulls, Tim Seely, Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights, Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $8

Sleeping Bulls come from Oxford, Mississippi, and I've gotta say, Mike Seely's brother, Tim, described their self-titled record better than I ever could, which, if I didn't know better, would give me a complex: like Southern Rufus Wainwright who doesn't sing about cock and Judy Garland. If you were at that Horse Feathers show a while back, definitely check these guys out.

At the Spine (CD release), Boxcar Satan, Pufferfish, Smile Brigade, Sunset Tavern, 10 p.m., $7

We already know how much I like Pufferfish, a country-type institution and one of the many bands I did not get to see at REVERBfest. And I didn't get to see At the Spine, either. Hey, two birds, one stone! Tonight's show is At the Spine's CD release show for Vita, the band's fourth album. On the whole, At the Spine is a punk band, but this album leans toward the pop side of things after songwriter Mike Toschi went on a European sojourn.

Black Kids, Man Plus, the Virgins, Neumos, 8 p.m., $15, all ages

Nick Feldman on Black Kids:

Despite Pitchfork's sad puppy dog review of Partie Traumatic, Black Kids have met with success and adoration on the band's nonstop tour circuit. They've hit festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza and toured with the likes of Cut Copy, Sons and Daughters, Kate Nash and a slew of others. Now they're doing their own thing, and songs from the colorfully titled EP Wizard of Ahhhs and recent album Partie Traumatic have been initiating dance-alongs from coast to coast. Past live performances have received mixed feedback from the media peanut gallery, but the upbeat, electro-laden pop is a fun vibe to groove on, and danceable music is hard to hate outright. If you missed their Neumos appearance in April, here's your second shot.

Amorphis, Samael, Virgin Black, Asema, Black Breath, El Corazon, 7 p.m., $22, all ages

Andrew Miller on Amorphis:

Amorphis shows play like a Finnish literary tutorial, with the group borrowing liberally from the country's national epic the Kalevala. It's prime progressive-metal fodder, depicting heroic feats (a character must bridle the Demon's horse and shoot the swan of the underworld) and hideous villains (a hag who steals the sun and moon from the sky). Historians credit the Kalevala with partially catalyzing the national awakening that led to Finland declaring independence from Russia. Metal historians know it as the primary source for Amorphis' concept album Tales from the Thousand Lakes, as well as numerous subsequent songs. Translators won't be necessary, at least for those who can decipher the occasional death-metal grunt, because Amorphis sings in English. The group retains two guitarists from its original 1990 lineup, but it has changed its sound significantly, adding sitar, flute, saxophone, and forest-folk acoustic melodies to its heavy-riff foundation. The exotic instrumentation only enhances the fantastical nature of Amorphis' ancient tales, and Tomi Joutsen (singer since 2004) boasts a deep, rich voice perfect for poetry reading.

 
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