Tonight: The Jesus Lizard, Little Pieces, Gossip (Sold Out)

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The Jesus Lizard like kitties just as much as reptiles
The Jesus Lizard return to Seattle for a second go-round; if you missed 'em at Capitol Hill Block Party. And if you missed Michael Alan Goldberg's testicular take on the band , you'll definitely want to check that out, too. The show's at Neumos, doors are at 8 p.m., and tix cost $25 or so.

Little Pieces (EP release) at Re-bar, 10 p.m., $5

The title of Little Pieces' new EP, Vampires Fill Their Waterbeds with Blood, is a quirky, off-kilter selection of infectious, instantly appealing songs that take a few listens to really absorb.

Gossip, MEN, Champagne Champagne at Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT

Contrary to popular belief, most pop culture critics worth their salt enjoy admitting when they are wrong. "Heavy Cross," the first single from Gossip's Rick Rubin-produced debut for Columbia, initially hit my ears in all the wrong ways. It's a shiny, precisely engineered dance floor anthem that lacked the grit and soul that originally attracted me to now-iconic frontwoman Beth Ditto nearly a decade ago. It sounded like a thinner, user-friendly version of "Standing in the Way of Control" and was such a turn off that exploring the rest of the album took me several months. Glad I finally dug in, because the opening track alone makes Music For Men entirely worth the investment. True to its title, "Dimestore Diamond" is indeed a dark, glorious jewel masquerading under the simple, but entirely riveting percussion work of drummer Hannah Billie, the long under-appreciated anchor of the group. I now stand in solidarity on the dance floor, happily corrected. HANNAH LEVIN

Little Pieces (EP release) at Re-bar, 10 p.m., $5

The title of Little Pieces' new EP, Vampires Fill Their Waterbeds with Blood, is a quirky, off-kilter selection of infectious, instantly appealing songs that take a few listens to really absorb.The first track, "I'm A Bull," swings like a surf-rock garage band, while "Windless," the EP's other notable track, shows Little Pieces' sunnier side. Jolly's distinctive voice - a cross between Elvis Costello and Ted Leo - is an acquired taste, but a few listens should remedy any misgivings about his utterances. That's also about how long it takes to notice that Jolly's off-kilter way of turning a phrase doesn't always make much sense. Not that Jolly doesn't know how to intrigue a listener: The EP contains several inexplicable references to an albatross that may or may not be the same albatross. Whether it's your thing or not, it's to Jolly's credit that his music is a far cry from standard singer-songwriter fodder. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. 233-9873. 10 p.m. $5. SARA BRICKNER

 
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