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Tiesto, with Johnny Monsoon, Hyperfunk. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555. 8 p.m. $37. Good ol' Tiesto: Like a burn-out explaining why he loves

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Tonight: Tiesto at WaMu Theater, Rogue Wave at Neumos

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Tiesto, with Johnny Monsoon, Hyperfunk. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555. 8 p.m. $37. Good ol' Tiesto: Like a burn-out explaining why he loves Bob Marley, the Dutch mega-jock neither offends nor inspires. Sure, if you're experiencing him live--especially in a club setting--you'll probably dance with the rest of the mob. But Tiesto's brand of corporatized trance is too tame to lift the soul along with the body. That said, dude's work ethic--he's forever on the road, forever putting out music, and ever-available to the media--has made him a force to be reckoned with, whether you want to reckon with him or not. Tiesto's endless efforts to stay plugged into the zeitgeist via, among other things, tapping pop stars to guest on tracks (Nelly Furtado and Tegan & Sara are just three of the names that appear on his 2009 disc, Kaleidoscope) keep him relevant, regardless of how good he sounds. KEVIN CAPP

Rogue Wave, with Man/Miracle, JMB. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. Based on their name, you'd expect Rogue Wave to have a huge, uncontrollable sound, like a metal or noisecore band. Instead, the former Sub Pop-signees have always seemed mellow, even as lead singer's Zach Schwartz's vocals have become more acrobatic and inched toward a falsetto. The beauty of Descended Like Vultures and Asleep at Heaven's Gate is how effortless they both sound: there's simplicity amidst all the wurlitzer- and keyboard-tinged pop. And this is what make's the band's latest release, Permalight, is a complete surprise. Suddenly--if the album's single, "Good Morning (The Future)" is representative--Rogue Wave is a synth-backed, beat-heavy band. (It also sounds like Schwartz put his voice through autotune.) It's a startling musical shift, but it's hard to know whether it's a freak occurrence or a permanent transition. PAIGE RICHMOND
 
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