Tonight: Steve Miller Band at Chateau Ste Michelle, The Icarus Kid at the Comet

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Steve Miller Band. Chateau Ste Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300. 7 p.m. $49 general/$89 reserved. Disown him all you want, but if you're between the ages of 35 and 50, Steve Miller was your high school soundtrack. Roll up the windows if "Rockin' Me Baby" comes on as you traverse the city's snottier enclaves, but you know you're fuckin' singin' along--there's just no fighting it. Miller won't have that problem at Chateau Ste. Michelle. There will be no ironic worship, just hero worship and picnic baskets. But if Miller pulls the sort of stunt he did at Bumbershoot 2006, by all means, walk out. That stunt: Playing half a dozen totally self-indulgent blues tracks before launching into "Fly Like an Eagle." And then he had the only black member of his band rap a verse, as though his predominantly white fan base had just discovered the existence of rap and this lone brother was some sort of talking museum exhibit. It was one of the most cringe-worthy moments in Memorial Stadium history; let's hope history doesn't repeat itself in Woodinville. MIKE SEELY

The Icarus Kid with leeni, Fighter X, Sean Bad. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 323-9853. 8 p.m. $6. There are many times when it's no fun to watch somebody else playing Nintendo for hours, like that time when your kid sister stole your NES out of your room and she broke your Contra cartridge and you had to blow on it, like, 50 times... But tonight is not like that night. Tonight, the Comet brings in four local chiptune DJs who use NES and Game Boy sound chips to create quirky, awkwardly sweaty dance music, from the aggressive, hyper breakbeats of Fighter X to leeni's twisting 8-bit melodies and dreamy vocals. Headliner, The Icarus Kid, remixes throwback NES soundtracks and adds his own new beats with an intense LED light show. And who says nerds don't know how to dance? MARY PAULINE DIAZ

 
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