jlurie93.jpg
Jessica Lurie, who plays Gallery 1412 tonight

BOAT, Peter Parker, Connecticut Four at Blue Moon Tavern, 10 p.m., $5

Hometown heroes BOAT are finally coming

"/>

Tonight's Show Suggestions

jlurie93.jpg
Jessica Lurie, who plays Gallery 1412 tonight

BOAT, Peter Parker, Connecticut Four at Blue Moon Tavern, 10 p.m., $5

Hometown heroes BOAT are finally coming into their own after years of steady touring and supporting other regional darlings like Menomena and Blitzen Trapper. There's an endless barrage of clever descriptions you could use to pontificate upon BOAT's sound - The Shins meet The Special Goodness meet Beck, "slop-pop," handclapping Wurlitzer-mania - but really, all you need to know is that they're one of the best things happening for Seattle's music scene at the moment. Joining them will be the wondrous little tour-de-force known as Peter Parker, whose driving, layered vocals set atop roller coaster baselines will inevitably get pulses racing. Newcomers Connecticut Four find themselves on a very fortunate bill with the aforementioned bands, but their explosive guitar riffs and lead singer Cristina Bautista's Benatar-esque vocals are up for the challenge. RAECHEL SIMS

Betty Ford Falcons, Load Levelers, Shivering Denizens at Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole, 9 p.m., $6

A couple winters ago I found myself, for lack of anything better to do, in the Central with two ex-friends of mine. The band playing that night was local quartet Betty Ford Falcons, who with their double-guitar attack, towering Marshall stacks, and half-punk/half-metal attack reminded me of a cross between Mommy's Little Monster-era Social Distortion and Motörhead (of any era, really). The shit was punchy, spiky, full of snarling attitude, and loud. Really loud, as any good rock 'n roll show at a small, divey joint should be. After barely three songs, my two companions literally ran out of the Central, whining about the volume and how their heads hurt. Pussies! I stayed, and was rewarded by a rippin' set by one of the better straight-up rock bands in town. I was deaf for most of the following day, but so what? Real rock 'n roll isn't for the meek. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Jessica Lurie at Gallery 1412, 8 p.m., $5-15, all ages

On her MySpace page, Seattle-born Jessica Lurie chose to classify her music as experimental folk jazz. Listen to her self-released album, Shop of Wild Dreams, and you'll find the combination of descriptors to be correct. Her music ranges from straightforward, melodic tunes like "Number Six" to more experimental stuff - an example of this is "The Usual Things," in which odd guitar sounds provide a backdrop to Lurie's free improvisations, which proceed unexpectedly into more approachable pop territory as the song progresses. Sometimes, though, the experimentation goes a little overboard. For instance, on tunes like "Pinjur" and "Circus Rain," the instruments seem to be all over the place, which makes for a confusing listening experience. But it's not all experimental weirdness - "Flying Man," for example, showcases the great chemistry between pianist Erik Deutsch, Lurie and banjoist Brandon Seabrook. At this homecoming gig, Lurie and drummer Greg Campbell will perform together as multimedia artist Danijel Zezelj creates a painting on the spot--it's the kind of creative partnership you don't see every day. ERNEST BARTELDES

Simian Mobile Disco, Nordic Soul, Colby B at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15

Simian Mobile Disco smacked dance music with a big ol' pop wallop with its debut disc, 2007's Attack Decay Sustain Release. Unapologetically accessible, the British duo tore the rusty roof off the avant-noise that too often dominates electronica, opting instead to take the form back to its warehouse roots--with a little twist. At an average of about three to four minutes apiece, each track on Attack is a compressed time-capsule releasing chunks of New Wave, classic hip-hop, and, of course, layered, well-aimed synths. "I Got This Down" is an Afrika Bambaataa-like boom-box jam sliced up with orchestral ambience--you know, in case you get bored--while "It's the Beat" squeaks and taps with synths slathered over hard, dissonant textures. Head over to YouTube for a taste of SMD's live shows and tracks from the band's upcoming album. KEVIN CAPP

 
comments powered by Disqus

Friends to Follow