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Firstly, there are all of these KEXP-related events happening on Capitol Hill both during the day and tonight. I personally would like to check out

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Live Music Round Up: Friday, April 17

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Firstly, there are all of these KEXP-related events happening on Capitol Hill both during the day and tonight. I personally would like to check out the free shows at Caffe Vita starting at 7:30 a.m.with Beads (Snow, also of the band the Blakes, is pictured.) Night shows include a badass line-up at the Wild Rose featuring See Me River, TacocaT and Wallpaper and one at the Comet Tavern featuring Painted Hills, the Dimes and Grand Hallway. Those both start at 9 p.m. and cost for $7 (or $5 if you're a KEXP member).

Throw Me The Statue, Telekinesis, Say Hi, the Banyans at the Crocodile, 8 p.m., $10

To see Telekinesis and both Throw Me the Statue in one night is to observe two entirely different but equally successful pop formulas. Michael Lerner, the creative brains behind Seattle's Telekinesis, writes pitch-perfect pop songs. "Look to the East" has swirling guitars and drums that keep a steady beat -- and both instruments fall away right before the chorus, giving the lyrics space to show off. "When you talk I cannot see/everything that's in front of me/all I know what I don't know/And I don't want to let you go," Lerner sings. Fellow Seattlites TMTS, however, turn the pop-song concept on its head. Primary songwriter Scott Reitherman uses spastic sounding instrumentals -- the drum beats sometimes sound like castanets laid over a tinkling and ringing triangle -- and hand claps to create completely infectious music. It's layered with near-poetic lyrics: "Strange nights locked inside/I was waiting for a road ahead/I was lying in my Western bed." The result is music that keeps you dancing, even if you can't figure out why. PAIGE RICHMOND

Mates of State, Black Kids, Judgement Day at Neumos, 8 p.m., $20 adv

The music written and performed by Mates of States is a metaphor for the ideal marriage. Vocal are sung in harmony and the instrumentals are tender without sounding melodramatic, resulting in songs that are both upbeat and layered. These aren't cheesy love songs about the world's most perfect relationship; they're compositions that reflect a focus on happiness and appreciation more than tension and disputes. This then raises the question: Is the real-life marriage between Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel, the only two members of Mates of States, truly as harmonic as the band's music? It's a hard question to answer, but songs like "For the Actor" give some indication. In tandem, Gardner and Hammel sing: "You put your life on hold as we interest one another/ Two steps closer to the level I imagined/ I remember when it poured and you sang to me in summer/ It's a fantasy." If only all musicians -- and lovers -- could be so happy. PAIGE RICHMOND

 
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