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Lots of great Noise for the Needy shows tonight, but I'd check out Grand Archives, See Me River and the Curious Mystery (pictured) at the

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Live Music Roundup: Friday, June 12

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Lots of great Noise for the Needy shows tonight, but I'd check out Grand Archives, See Me River and the Curious Mystery(pictured) at the Croc and the Whore Moans, Speaker Speaker, Wallpaper, the Greatest Hits and the Raggedy Anns at the Underground Events Center in Belltown. Both start at 8 p.m.

Plus, the Purdins are playing a reunion show at Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack and Watering Hole with the F-holes, Gorilla and Runaway Trains. That starts at 8 p.m.

After the jump, some selections from this week's Short List.

The Queers, the Hot Toddies, the Mansfields, Atom Age at El Corazon, 7 p.m., $14, all ages

Oakland's Hot Toddies are so retro, smart and sexy, you'd think they were Japanese. Where other all-girl rockers like the Donnas choose a tough girl, in-your-faceness, the Hot Toddies get under your skin by saying dirty, dirty things simply, with a cavity-inducing sweetness that makes them not only palpable, but truly tasty. Take their song "Seattle," a ditty where, in cheeky, barely legal harmonies and the course of two minutes, these ladies manage to rhyme the name of our fair city with the words saddle, paddle, rattle and straddle. Even though they sound matching-outfit, Doris Day, "Be My Baby" pure, these chickies are pushing a hard line feminist agenda. Only instead of shoving it down your throat, they let it surprise you, like a half-chewed piece of bubble gum deposited via a long, wet, kiss. It's what's in their songs, not their approach, which make them so punk rock, and not out of place on a bill with Pistol purists like the Queers. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Noah Gundersen, Garage Voice, Karli Fairbanks, Tom Rorem at Q Cafe, 7:30 p.m., $8, all ages

If David Bazan had a long lost little brother -- one who also played acoustic guitars and sometimes wondered about his relationship with God and the afterlife -- that young man would probably sound something like Noah Gundersen. Gundersen, who hails from Centralia, echoes some of the technique that made Bazan (of Pedro the Lion fame) one of Seattle's best songwriters: calm, lilting guitar with thought-provoking lyrics sung in a steady voice. On songs like "Middle of June," Gundersen questions the nature of salvation, singing "Peace is a ladder up to the clouds/ And I'm wishing I could climb but I don't know how." But Gundersen's a less pensive and less solitary musician than Bazan: He tours with his sister, Abby, who plays violin, and a band of other musicians. He's also a more direct songwriter, addressing a song to Jesus rather than penning a questioning poem about whether Jesus exists. Maybe it's a product of his youth -- Gundersen is young -- but he's still needs to master the art of nuance. But he's still ahead of the musical game, because his songs are already heartbreakingly beautiful. PAIGE RICHMOND

Camp Lo, Fatal Lucciauno, Clockwork, Helladope, DJs Sosa + Marc Sense, host Vitamin D at Chop Suey, 9:30 p.m., $12 adv

The Bronx duo Camp Lo's hit single "Luchini," off their 1999 release Uptown Saturday Night, contains within its celebratory bounce and carefree rhymes a potent danceability -- and a fucking great hook. "This is it, what?" If you don't remember that call to the clouds off the top, trust me, if they rock that cut tonight, you will. Thankfully, Camp Lo has other tunes to knock, including those from 2002's Let's Dot It Again, 2007's Black Hollywood, and this year's Stone and Rob Caught on Tape, which continues Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede's Blacksploitation-style street swagger. There's something at once hard and joke-y about Camp Lo, as if they're rapping about people they know and not themselves. In other words, they take their flows seriously, but not necessarily themselves. Just look at their names. KEVIN CAPP

 
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