Tonight: Think About Life at the Crocodile (Win Free Tickets!), Black Tusk at the Funhouse

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Yannick Grandmont
Think About Life, with U.S.F., Darwin. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $12. "Havin' My Baby" - the best track this Quebec four-piece's second full-length, Family - effervescently incorporates a sped-up, chipmunk-style clip of Wham!'s "Everything She wants" over frenetic keyboards, while "Johanna" opens with a groovy flute solo sample before breaking into big band horns. It's a lot of material to take in. But Think About Life adroitly ties it all in with their own throbbing bass solos, descanting vocals, poetically spirited lyrics (on "Sweet Sixteen," they sing, "Oh in the summer nights dancing in the gay clubs/All the magic was brewing, we slept late every day/You're the pearl in my heart, the golden seashell in my dreams"), and some fantastic four-on-the-floor beats. I doubt there'll be a better dance party at the Crocodile this year. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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Black Tusk, with Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Struck By Lightning. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $12. Rugged and shout-y, the Savannah, Georgia trio Black Tusk is bent on playing metal that plows blindly ahead instead of plodding atmospherically along. Years of demos and other self-released material led the way to 2008's Passage Through Purgatory. A second album, Taste The Sin, is due in May and was recorded in a South Carolina studio that's been home to kindred spirits Baroness and Kylesa. Black Tusk bills itself as swamp metal, but there's more an edge of bygone hardcore than anything else in its muscular, unyielding songs. Fresh off a slot at this year's Scion Rock Fest, the band is touring the country as part of a rough-riding bill packed with metal's various derivations. DOUG WALLEN

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