Tonight: Gomez at the Crocodile, Lisa Dank

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Jay Blakesberg
Gomez, with One Eskimo. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $23. Gomez has evolved over six studio releases, starting with 1998's rootsy, booze-and-blues-fueled debut Bring It On - which set the bar high, winning the Mercury Prize as the UK's best album - but this Sourthport quintet have always made their bones on stage. There's a natural rapport and easy versatility live, as guitarists Tom Gray, Ian Ball and Ben Ottewell - notable for his Vedder-esque growl - switch off on lead vocals and share spot-on harmonies. John Lee Hooker was a fan and Al Kooper still is, but blues is a mere touchstone for an eclectic group unafraid to veer off in new directions - like last year's low-key, acoustic A New Tide. The band (or various permutations) has made more than a dozen local appearances over the past decade, but rarely at a venue this intimate. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Lisa Dank, with No-Fi Soul Rebellion, Katie Kate, Queerbait! Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 8 p.m. $6. Seattle MC Lisa Dank's current popularity has more to do with showmanship than actual musical ability. Her vocal control is hit or miss, and some of her songs are ridiculous enough to make you cringe. But what Lisa Dank lacks in polish and songwriting chops, she makes up for tenfold in showmanship: outrageous feathered headdresses, spandex-clad backup dancers and more references to weed in forty minutes than there are in the entirety of Half Baked. And moments of true pop musicianship do shine through the cracks in Dank's cabaret-tart veneer and smoke-scarred singing voice. With time, practice and a much-needed vaporizer, Lisa Dank could transform herself into a female answer to Kid Cudi. Even if all that doesn't sound like your bag of sweet potato chips, it's worth going to see Katie Kate, a young, local MC whose flow and smooth delivery takes a lesson from her DJ, P. Smoov. SARA BRICKNER

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