Here's some not-so-low-budget video love: Jeffrey Lewis' "Had it All"

I don't envy you. My evening is already spoken for, but for those of you


Friday Night Show Suggestions

Here's some not-so-low-budget video love: Jeffrey Lewis' "Had it All"

I don't envy you. My evening is already spoken for, but for those of you still deciding...good luck! So much good stuff going on tonight!

Firstly, I recommend the Expo 86 festival, which is happening all weekend at the Anne Bonny, Cairo Gallery and NoSpace Gallery on the Hill. Things kick off tonight with Left Field Dance, which begins at 8 p.m. at Cairo Gallery. But all kinds of folks are playing this one: Andrea Zollo of Pretty Girls Make Graves, Karl Blau, Hoquiam, Battle Hymns, Spencer Moody and so many other lovely folks! It's $10 per day, which will get you in to every show. On Saturday and Sunday, things begin at 3 p.m.

In brief: Artifakt is happening at Lo-Fi tonight (music acts are Graves, Life Cycle, B Awake, Young Thad, DJ Hanibal, DJ Astronomar). There's also that New Faces in-store, which is at 7 p.m. at the Queen Anne Easy Street (for what those kids do, I gotta say, they do it well.) There''s also this month's edition of The Corner at Jewelbox, if you're in the mood to check out Seattle's up and coming emcees and DJs. Tonight, it's Akrish, Wizdom, Dro Bots and a few others.

Jeffrey Lewis and the Jackals, Arrington de Dionyso (Old Time Relijun), Daguerrotypes, Mighty TIger, Comet Tavern, 9 p.m., $8

Go read the interview I just conducted with Jeffrey Lewis here. I'm really hoping he busted ass and got that Barack Obama "low budget video" done, because I wanna see it.

Against Me!, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Future of the Left, Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $24, all ages

First of all, holy shit: $24?! That's a quarter of a Benjamin! But so worth it, even if you're not super into the punk rockage of Against Me! (I personally dig on 'em.). The man who wrote Hearts of Oak deserves that. I can think of few frontmen who use such interesting rhythms in his vocals. It's like fuckin' rock and roll poetry. Plus, Ted Leo is smart, vegan, and has a social conscience. Basically, he's the man and a half. I would totally have his babies. But more on that from Nick Feldman:

As if there weren't enough reasons to love Ted Leo, his explosion on Sarah Palin during a Liz Glover interview was pretty impressive: "[The election]'s taken an insanely scary turn, and it shows just how frightened we actually need to be... I can't believe that we've descended into such a state... where we actually consider voting for these people to be running our country." The ever-political and musically ingenious songwriter has always had a lot to say, and just over a month ago Ted Leo and his Pharmacists released a "hastily written and recorded" digital EP in response to the violence at the 2008 Republican National Convention. All politics aside, the music he and his Pharmacists put out sure is great; the hybrid rock and roll sound is all Leo’s own, and his observant lyrics reveal the caring, politically-aware person behind the riffs and dance beats.

Pickwick, Mimicking Birds, Cock and Swan, Q Cafe, 9 p.m., $7, all ages

For those in need of a quieter evening...I wrote this:

Friends of quiet music should already know about the Q Cafe, an all-ages venue that, for its size, hosts some of the most polite, reverent audiences in Seattle. In fact, it might just be the best place to hear all of those gorgeous folk bands who've been cropping up like dandelions in the Northwest as of late—bands whose sets can be ruined by too much chatter. Like folk outfit Pickwick, who will hopefully hold true to their pledge to make an album next year, or mesmerizing ambient duo Cock & Swan (of DIY label Dandelion Gold, musical home to Sweet Potatoes and Curious Mystery frontwoman Shana Cleveland). But what makes this Friday's line-up extra-special is the addition of Portland outfit Mimicking Birds, once the pseudonym under which Nate Lacy performed his whispery songs. Lacy's vivid, poetic imagery works well in it singer/songwriter incarnation, but recently he added backing musicians, guitarist Tim Skellenger and drummer Aaron Hanson; their accompaniment should correspond nicely with Lacy's literary flourishes.

Common Market, the Grynch, Scribes, the Collective, Universal Soul, Old Firehouse (Redmond), 8 p.m., $8, all ages

If you find yourself in Redmond tonight, go check out Common Market and Grynch; Common Market's latest, Tobacco Road, is an excellent hip hop concept album, with the masterful beats we've come to expect from Sabzi and skillful spitting from RA Scion.

Go check out the listings, if that wasn't enough for you. I know there are more good bands playing tonight that I may have missed.

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