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Zepparella. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 7 & 11 p.m. $15. There are approximately 2,749 Led Zeppelin tribute bands plying their trade in

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Tonight: Zepparella at the Tractor, Mother and Father at the Funhouse

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Zepparella. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 7 & 11 p.m. $15. There are approximately 2,749 Led Zeppelin tribute bands plying their trade in small clubs around the globe. One notable subset is the "all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band." The East Coast has Lez Zeppelin, and the West Coast has Zepparella, a foxy and ferocious foursome from San Francisco. Ol' Robert Plant can't hit too many of his notes anymore, but Zepparella's powerhouse frontwoman Anna Kristina certainly can, and the rest of the band brings skill and smarts to all those famous riffs and rhythms. Granted, Seattle ultimately prefers to hear Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson throw down on some classic Zeppelin tunes, but Zepparella is the next best thing. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Mother and Father, with Sleep Capsule, Mopper. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $6. The Australian trio Mother and Father makes no secret of its Nirvana worship. It's embedded in the DNA of every song on the band's brashly tuneful debut Nothin'. There's a bit more punk to their curt anthems, and front man Greg Kerslake's ragged vocals recall the Replacements. Mother and Father succeed by keeping things simple, introducing an immediate hook, smothering it in fuzzy volume, and wailing away at it for just a few minutes at a time. Getting back to the Nirvana influence, the band's debut U.S. tour will provide a chance to play Seattle as well as record a second album and 7-inch with grunge icon Jack Endino himself. DOUG WALLEN
 
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