Live Music Roundup: Tuesday, August 11

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Harlem
Harlem, Consignment, Coconut Coolouts at the Funhouse, 9:30 p.m., $6

The exploration of minimalism in rock 'n roll is hardly a new concept. Fuzzy ease has been in fashion since Lou stood on the corner waiting for the man, but in the past ten years since the White Stripes proved massive sounds can come from little packages (yes, it's been ten freakin' years, Gramps), their success launched a slew of tiny combos who make big noise their business. Austin band Harlem followed suit. Keeping it pure and punk by playing raw, lo-fi and vaguely rootsy on their debut Free Drugs, these kids have perfected a raucous, infectious sound. Down South these kids are getting lots of buzz, and having recently signed with Matador, it's only a matter of sweet time before the rest of the country is feeling them as well. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Down, the Melvins, Danava, Weedeater at Showbox SODO, 8:30 p.m., $30, all ages

Supergroups tend to be short-lived entities. Sometimes they split because a few of their members are "on loan" from other full-time musical endeavors, and sooner or later they have to go back. Other times - and this is probably more often the case - all the supersized egos within the supergroup eventually clash, and the whole thing falls apart. Say what you will about the members of Down (especially frontman Phil Anselmo, who's reputed to be a first-class dickhead), they're a supergroup that's somehow made it work for close to 20 years, and put out some kick-ass, hard-charging power-rock along the way. Featuring current and former members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Eyehategod, Down has issued three well-received albums during its existence. They've gone on a few lengthy hiatuses, too, but its five members seem committed to keeping the thing going, and over the past couple of years they've toured more heavily than ever before. They're also writing material for the next album, tentatively titled Down IV - good chance you'll hear at least a few new songs tonight. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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