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Lilith Fair. Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., Quincy, 628-0888. 1 p.m. $10-$258. When Sarah McLachlan announced she'd be relaunching the Lilith Fair after a

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Tonight: Lilith Fair at the Gorge, Helladope at the Crocodile, BOAT at the Sunset

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Lilith Fair. Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., Quincy, 628-0888. 1 p.m. $10-$258. When Sarah McLachlan announced she'd be relaunching the Lilith Fair after a decade-long hiatus with a lineup 10 times more eclectic than its original lesbian-folk incarnation, it sounded fantastic. McLachlan secured commitments from Brandi Carlile, Carly Simon, Cat Power, Emmylou Harris, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, Loretta Lynn, Mary J. Blige, Norah Jones, Queen Latifah, and the Bangles. Want to know how many of those artists are playing the Gorge? Precisely zero. Erykah Badu, Sheryl Crow, and, of course, McLachlan will be there (among others), but is it any wonder discounted tickets have been going for the price of a half-rack of Keystone Ice? (Heart and Carlile not playing to a hometown crowd? What the fuck?) But ask yourself this: Is being sung to sleep by the sexiest voice in pop history at the best outdoor venue in America worth $10? Most definitely. MIKE SEELY

Helladope, with State of the Artist, Dark Time Sunshine, Katie Kate, DJ Radjaw. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $12. Riding smoothly atop spacey and soulful instrumentals, Helladope's funk-laden, Southern rap-influenced sound is the result of the South End collaboration between veteran MC Jerm of Alpha P and up-and-coming producer/emcee Tay Sean. At different times danceable and searing, their self-titled debut album released this March reveals a pleasantly accessible sound that matches up well with MC Jerm's seasoned flow. And after sharing stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Goodie Mob, Hellaope has proven they can hold their own. Don't forget about the bill-sharers for this "Star-Spangled Banger" either; State of the Artist is responsible for something called "SeattleCaliFragalisticExtraHellaDopeness" that's just as fantastic as it sounds. NICK FELDMAN

BOAT, with IJI, Build Us Airplanes, Jay Cox of The Sea Navy. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 10 p.m. $8. Everything you need to know about BOAT can be summed up by one of their most charming songs, "We've Been Friends Since 1989." It opens with a steady bassline and a declaration of irresponsibility: "You can declaw all of your pets/ But your new black sofa will still be a mess." The rest of "We've Been Friends"--lyrics about growing up over bright guitars and thundering drums--embodies the BOAT's youthful yet hopelessly self-aware style. This would be the perfect soundtrack to a mumblecore movie, playing during a scene where the lead character finally reaches a moment of self-discovery. BOAT can feel a little twee and slightly immature, but that's pop music for you -- it's all about being young and foolish. PAIGE RICHMOND

Click here to download "Last Cans of Paint" by BOAT.

 
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