Dum Dum Girls, with Crocodiles, Past Lives, DJ Mario Orduno. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 9 p.m. $12. If the Ronettes or the


Tonight: Dum Dum Girls at the High Dive, Red Fang at the Sunset, MC Hammer at the Emerald Queen

Dum Dum Girls, with Crocodiles, Past Lives, DJ Mario Orduno. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 9 p.m. $12. If the Ronettes or the Shangri-La's had picked up some guitars and written their own songs back in the 60s, they might have had as much badass personality as the Dum Dum Girls. The scuzzy garage-pop quartet - Dee Dee, Jules, Bambi, and Sandy Vu - released their debut record, I Will Be, this year, and it's a knockout. Dee Dee's got a strikingly dusky voice, and the record's first two singles, "Jail La La" and "Bhang Bhang (I'm a Burnout)", are about prison and drugs, respectively, but the fuzzy guitar textures, the girls' tuneful harmonies, and the rapid pacing of the songs boost them to a jubilant level - the music fairly bursts with authority and light. ERIN K. THOMPSON

The Sunset 10 Year Anniversary Blowout, with Red Fang, Kinski, Virgin Islands, Eugene Wendell and The Demon Rind, DJ Tim Hayes. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $12/$10 with a non-perishable food donation for the Ballard Food Bank. Red Fang has played most of the key, mid-sized venues around Seattle in the last year--from the Funhouse to Chop Suey--but they've never seemed more at home than at the Sunset, so it's fitting they headline the Ballard club's 10-year anniversary show tonight. "There's a different vibe up in Ballard; a vibe we can relate to," says drummer John Sherman. "It's changed a lot over the past 10 years, but you can still get a cheap drink with some salty dogs right next door," he expounds with affection, referring to the beloved Smoke Shop next door. Portland's purveyors of elephantine-heavy, punk-infused awesomeness recently finished mixing their next record, which includes anthemic set list staple "Malverde." Tonight's bill also features the DJ presence of vinyl archivist and former Fallout Records owner Tim Hayes. HANNAH LEVIN

MC Hammer. Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino. 5700 Pacific Highway S., Tacoma, 253-922-2000. 8:30 p.m. $30-$60. MJ had the glove. Madonna had the bra. MC Hammer had those pants. Giant, glittering, flowing like a garbage bag full of liquid gold around MC Hammer's feverish dance moves, those pants are as early-90's-iconic as they get, and one of Stanley Kirk Burrell's everlasting contributions to the world. By emphasizing his whirling dervish dance style as much as his lyrical prowess, MC Hammer became a hip hop pioneer, morphing it into a day-glo circus tent full of lasers, explosions, and sequined dance troupes. While Hammer's career (and finances) have ebbed and flowed like the soft, supple fabric of those holiest of pants, "Here Comes the Hammer" is still universally synonymous with getting an untouchably awesome party started. GREGORY FRANKLIN

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