Tonight: Marcy Playground at Studio Seven, John Vanderslice & Karl Blau at the Tractor, Jazz Bands at Garfield High School

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Marcy Playground, with Theory Of Flight, Van Eps, Amsterdam, The Taphandles. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312. 7 p.m. $14. All ages. Before Marcy

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Tonight: Marcy Playground at Studio Seven, John Vanderslice & Karl Blau at the Tractor, Jazz Bands at Garfield High School

  • Tonight: Marcy Playground at Studio Seven, John Vanderslice & Karl Blau at the Tractor, Jazz Bands at Garfield High School

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    Marcy Playground, with Theory Of Flight, Van Eps, Amsterdam, The Taphandles. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312. 7 p.m. $14. All ages. Before Marcy Playground released "Sex and Candy" 1997, I didn't know you could say "sex" on the radio, let along smell it or compare it to candy. The lethargic rhythm and the puzzlingly naughty lyrics about devious stares and disco lemonade were all so deliciously forbidden to me, a 12-year-old product of a conservative Christian household. 13 years later, Marcy Playground's recent efforts (a full-length last year, a rarities disc to come later this year) will never match their 90s success, but that sedated song has stood the test of time. Anyone over 20 can imitate frontman (and Evergreen State College alum) John Wozniak's sleepy purr of "I smell sex and cannn-dy, yeah." And it's probably still the laziest song to ever hit the Top 40. ERIN K. THOMPSON

    John Vanderslice & Karl Blau, with Love Sick. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $15. At first blush, putting John Vanderslice and Karl Blau on the same bill feels strange. Vanderslice writes lovely, palatable songs. With simple touches of analog recording, 2007's Emerald City and 2009's Romanian Names feature synth melodies and charming vocals. Karl Blau, on the other hand, doesn't really fall into any genre; instead, he combines a lot of them--drone, pop, blues, world --into unexpected arrangements. Last time he played Seattle, he brought his own voice-distorting microphone in order to convey the weirdness of his songs. What Blau and Vanderslice share, however, is the ability to endlessly entertain: both are captivating to watch recreate their complex songs live. In that way, they're brothers in musical arms. PAIGE RICHMOND

    Garfield High School Jazz Bands I, II, III. Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., 252-2270. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. Make all the band camp and Glee cracks you like, Seattle is home to some of the finest high school jazz band programs in the country. Montlake Terrace, Roosevelt, and many others regularly produce crackerjack bands, and Garfield High School is about to get themselves banned from competition if they don't stop with the punishing performances. This year the Clarence Acox-directed band took first place in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition in New York for a record fourth time in a decade. They don't rebuild, folks, they just reload. Tonight, all three of Garfield's bands are performing in a farewell to the senior's concert. Don't worry, we'll be right back here next year. CHRIS KORNELIS

     
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