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Charles Homo (...yes, really)
Unnatural Helpers, who play the Sunset at 10:30 p.m.
Here are five shows where you're sure to find me at REVERB

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If You Haven't Heard These Five Bands Yet, Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Miss Them at REVERB

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Charles Homo (...yes, really)
Unnatural Helpers, who play the Sunset at 10:30 p.m.
Here are five shows where you're sure to find me at REVERB -- shows I suggest you check out, too. I didn't mean to exclude anyone from this post -- Brent Amaker and the Rodeo's set will be awesome (two words: whiskey baptism), but the bands below are acts that should, by all rights, be getting more attention.

Jet Sparks at Hattie's Hat, 4:30 p.m.

Songwriter Bridget "Jet" Mullen -- who formerly performed as Emily Sparks -- doesn't play out often, which is why her hushed, minimalist acoustic folk songs are worth checking out in person tomorrow. She's got this high, tremulous voice that bleeds pathos. If she'd play a few more shows, or put out another album sometime soon, I'm willing to bet Seattle would stand up and pay attention. I recommend listening to "Down in Virginia" for a taste.

The Raggedy Anns at the Tractor Tavern, 7 p.m.

The Raggedy Ann's swinging neo-cabaret music is really fun -- and it's ten times more fun in person.

Tea Cozies at the Bit Saloon, 8 p.m.

This foursome specializes in garage rock songs that run the gamut from sweet and poppy ("Corner Store Girls") to rough, raw punk rock ("Huffy Walrus"). My favorite song of theirs, "Behind the Glass Eye," isn't on MySpace, though, so you'll just have to go see them (or pick up a copy of their record, Hot Probs) to hear it. Trust me: you will get much more than ten dollars' worth of listening time out of this one.

The Keeper at the Bit Saloon, 10 p.m.

This band came out victorious in our "best band at REVERB" survey, and I'll tell you why: because their Dungeons and Dragons nerd metal is as bombastic and heavy as it is hilarious. Go listen to "Tonight We Ride" right now and try to tell me I'm wrong.

Unnatural Helpers at the Sunset, 10:30 p.m.

You will have to haul ass to get from The Keeper back to the Sunset, but I assure you: it is worth getting a little out of breath to check these guys out. The band recently signed to Hardly Art, and if you're into messy-but-catchy garage rock (or love groups like Talbot Tagora), be sure and catch at least some of the Unnatural Helpers' set. Just listen to "Break that Horse" and you'll see my point. After this, they are going to New York City for a while, and this will be your last chance to see them until they return (unless they schedule something between tomorrow and October 20.)

 
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