The Thermals' video for "Pillar of Salt," from The Body, The Blood, The Machine

The English Beat at Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $20


Tonight's Show Suggestions

The Thermals' video for "Pillar of Salt," from The Body, The Blood, The Machine

The English Beat at Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $20

Personnel-wise, this isn't the same Beat you knew and loved--and danced

manically to--back in the '80s. There's just one original member, Dave

Wakeling (guitar/vocals), who formed General Public with co-frontman

Ranking Roger when the Beat fell apart in 1983 (guitar/bass duo Andy

Cox and David Steele became two-thirds of Fine Young Cannibals).

There's been no shortage of solo projects, collaborations, one-offs,

partial reunions and Beat tribute bands since, with Wakeling--now based

in L.A., not the UK--fronting this six-piece for the past few years.

But no matter the lineup, the sound is timeless. The Beat's politically

charged, socially conscious lyrics, with a message of peace and racial

unity, have lost none of their relevance nearly 30 years on, and the

music--rooted in ska and spiked with saxophone, with elements of

reggae, punk, soul and pop--compels you to move. Keep an eye out for

Specials rhythm guitarist Lynval Golding, who lives in Gig Harbor and

has been known to take the stage when the Beat play locally. MIKE MAHONEY

The Thermals, the Shaky Hands, Champagne Champagne at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $14, all ages

It's been a big year for the Thermals: The Portland-based indie band recorded its fourth album, Now You Can See

-- which is scheduled for a spring 2009 release -- and signed to Kill

Rock Stars after releasing three previous full-lengths on Sub Pop.

Plus, vocalist-guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster are

testing out a new drummer after the departure of Lorin Coleman last

year. But even with all this change, Thermals fans can rest assured

that the sped-up guitars, choppy drums and warbly vocals that the band

debuted on 2003's More Parts Per Million aren't going anywhere.

On "No Culture Icons" -- arguably the best song on that album -- Harris

sings "Hardly art, hardly starving/hardly art, hardly garbage," over

and over again, and you can sure he knows what he's singing about. That

stripped down and pumped up music is what makes one of Portland's most

beloved bands also the city's least pretentious. PAIGE RICHMOND

Throw Me The Statue, Truckasaurus at Neumos, 9 p.m., $10, all ages

It's been just over a year since Throw Me the Statue signed to Indiana

label Secretly Canadian, home to indie it-kids like Jens Lekman, Jason

Molina, and, oh yeah, Damien Jurado. During that time, the band went

from performing at REVERBfest 2007 on the tiny Bop Street Records stage

to opening for Cake at the Paramount. Chalk it up to TMTS' first

effort, Moonbeams,

a jangly, earnest masterpiece of a debut that's influenced by

disaffected '90s pop without drowning in the genre's annoying tendency

toward maudlin cynicism. One US and European tour later, Throw Me the

Statue enjoys a cushy spot on the short list for popular Seattle bands

poised to explode onto the national scene, sorta like Death Cab For

Cutie circa 2000. If you've already burned yourself out on Moonbeams, make sure to come to this show, as the band releases a tour-exclusive EP, Purpleface, to tide you over until LP number two drops. SARA BRICKNER

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