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Health, with Indian Jewelry, Panda Gold. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages. Jake Duzsik of the L.A. noise quartet Health

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Tonight: Health at the Vera Project, Math and Physics Club at the Crocodile, Smoosh at the High Dive

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Health, with Indian Jewelry, Panda Gold. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages. Jake Duzsik of the L.A. noise quartet Health recently described their music as "the soundtrack to some rusted fucked-up near-future catastrophe." In keeping, the band's newest single, "We Are Water," off their sophomore disc, Get Color, is violent and frantic (and accompanied by a horrifically bloody video directed by Eric Wareheim). "On "Die Slow," another one of Color's unsettling moments, there's a palpable, moveable rhythm that cuts through all the volume and racket in Health's music, equipped with a surprising dose of emotion. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Math and Physics Club, with Aqueduct, Skeletons with Flesh On Them. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. Seattleites are lucky that the unabashedly pleasant trio of Charles Bert (vocals), James Werle (guitar) and Ethan Jones (bass and keys) made it out of Werle's basement. Drawing more than a handful of comparisons to Belle & Sebastian, the band's melodic acoustic guitar and tender vocals piece together airy and twee tales of troubled relationships and heartbreak. Pure, tenderhearted emotion meshes with introspective ballads and bouncy pop tunes that appeal to even the slightly bookish amongst us. MAPC are celebrating the release of their sophomore full-length I Shouldn't Look As Good As I Do, accompanied for the night by local favorite Aqueduct's piano-laden indie-pop hooks. NICK FELDMAN

Smoosh, with Matt Pond PA, Wintersleep. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 9 p.m. $14. Smoosh - the indie-pop sister act formed a decade(!) ago by singer/keyboardist Asy and singer/drummer Chloe, then pre-teens - moved from Seattle curiosity to Seattle mainstay due to their infectious songs and stellar live prowess. And then they moved...to Stockholm. Not long after the release of their last album, 2006's Free to Stay, Smoosh opened their ranks to their younger bass-playing sister Maia; in Sweden, the trio concocted its forthcoming opus The World's Not Bad. We've heard one track so far, "We Are Our Own Lies," and it's sophisticated, moody, and sweeping, like they've given their bouncy piano-pop the Sigur Rós treatment. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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