Tonight: Dark Time Sunshine at Neumos, Exene Cervenka at Easy Street

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Dark Time Sunshine, with Jake One, Mash Hall, Tilson of the Saturday Knights, Helladope, Night Fox, DJ Swerveone. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $10. As their moniker suggests, the goth-hop duo Dark Time Sunshine (Seattle's Cape Cowen and Chicago's Zavala) celebrate the night as much as the day on their unofficial debut, Believeyoume, which they offered for free last year on their website. Bright synths mingled with deathly drum ("It Lives"), and morose bass sulked in the background of a gooey valentine to the Seattle hip-hop scene ("The Wrong Kids"). Their proper debut, Vessel, out April 20, features the same potent mixture of dichotomies. Indeed, one can draw parallels between, say, "It Lives" and the new joint "Run": Lyrically, both hint at bad juju, but the beat seems to say everything is all right. ...Right? KEVIN CAPP

Exene Cervenka. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279. 6 p.m. Free. All ages. Somewhere Gone, Exene Cervenka's solo album, is a far cry from the rough-edged punk she wrote and performed with X. Back then--nearly 30 years ago--Cervenka's voice served as the more dramatic complement to John Doe's low rumble. But Somewhere Gone is a bonafide folk album, with tales of willow trees and Trojan horses. At times she's twangy and soft, channeling Tammy Wynette's melancholy on "Surface of the Sun." On other tracks, like "The Willow Tree," she sounds like Neko Case, her vocals pitch-perfect but still tough. Cervenka reaches far past her 1980s-era punk past to the 1950s and pulls out Jerry Lee Lewis-styled piano for "Walk Me Across the Night." These songs may be simple and short, but they're just as powerful as the straight-forward punk she trademarked decades ago. PAIGE RICHMOND

 
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