The Blind Shake

Perhaps we can interest you in a few of these shows:

The Cops, Police Teeth, the Blind Shake at Sunset Tavern, 9


Starting Your Halloween Weekend Early?

The Blind Shake

Perhaps we can interest you in a few of these shows:

The Cops, Police Teeth, the Blind Shake at Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m., $8

Minnesotans the Blind Shake manufacture a sort of noise-steeped, trippy dance punk that might be favorably compared to local darlings Partman Parthorse (whose CD release show ya'll should check out tomorrow). As for the locals on the bill, radical sweeties the Cops and jokesters Police Teeth...well, if you want punk rock without any annoying prefixes to detract from the experience, here it is. Ya'll better dance!

Magnetic Morning, Drew Andrews, Black Nite Crash at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $10

Michael Alan Goldberg, ladies 'n gents:

With all apologies to Velvet Revolver and, uh, Damn Yankees, here's a rock supergroup you can really get excited about. Magnetic Morning includes singer-guitarist Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), drummer Sam Fogarino (Interpol), and multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle (The Album Leaf, Tristeza). Franklin and Fogarino first came together two years ago, after being introduced by mutual friend Jack Rabid -- founder of long-running music magazine The Big Takeover and a tireless champion of both artists' careers -- and the music quickly started flowing. At times, Magnetic Morning unleashes the blurry, cinemascopic guitar fury of Swervedriver, but there's just as much reliance on bright, psych-poppy melodies and delicate atmospherics. Ultimately, it's a majestic, dreamy, lovely sound that virtually anybody -- not just fans of the principals' more renowned outfits -- can get behind.

Little Feat, Moore Theatre, 8 p.m., $30.50-$40.50

Justin Farrar on the current incarnation of Little Feat:

Bands usually swim straight down the shitter after losing their most talented members, but not Little Feat. Although the group fell apart when founder Lowell George cut and run in 1979 (he died that same year), the Feats reformed nine years later. At first, the band enlisted Pure Prairie League's Craig Fuller and tried to write hit tunes and record studio albums, just as it did a decade earlier. But they soon realized there was no replacing a visionary like George. Wisely, Little Feat totally reinvented itself. Nowadays, they are one of the jam band scene's best outfits, right up there with Widespread Panic. That's because the Feats are grounded in classic 1970s rock, not the hippie-frat funk of bands like Phish, O.A.R. and moe. Thank Jesus for that.

Shudder to Think, the Dead Science, Capillary Action at Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $22

Michael Goldberg once more (we also like the Dead Science, so don't get there TOO late, now):

Though I'd probably be more excited if two other Dischord Records-affiliated bands -- Fugazi and/or Jawbox -- were to get back together, the recent reunion of erstwhile D.C. post-punk/art-pop quartet Shudder to Think is certainly nothing to sniff at. It took me a little bit to really get into Shudder, mainly due to singer Craig Wedren's sorta glammy look and uber-dramatic falsetto bleat (the definition of an acquired taste), but I loved the band's biting, churning guitar-centric grooves and oddly formed melodies, and I was fully converted after one of their especially transcendent live shows in '92, while they were touring behind that year's Get Your Goat -- still my favorite Shudder disc, though many prefer 1994's Pony Express Record. The band called it quits when guitarist Nathan Larson departed in 1998, but got back together late last year with a slightly retooled lineup. No word if they're planning to record new songs, but live, you'll get a healthy dose of the classics and all the associated brilliant weirdness, and hopefully some of that old intensity, too.

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