Tonight: Classic Country Night at Hazlewood, The Ataris at Studio Seven

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Classic Country Night. Hazlewood, 2311 NW Ballard Ave., 783-0478. 9 p.m. Free. When he's not fronting the excellent, under-appreciated Widower, guitarist and songwriter Kevin Large can often be found at the Hazlewood in Ballard. Every Monday, while his stylish gal Sarah Fisher mixes up fresh ginger bourbons and other artisan cocktails downstairs, he holds down the DJ decks upstairs, playing an oddly successful mix of primarily classic country staples like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, but occasionally tossing in the dreaded "New Country" single. Believe it or not, it works somehow, if only because placing Garth Brooks next to Waylon Jennings is bound to make the latter look even more luminous. HANNAH LEVIN

The Ataris, with Gasoline Heart, Van Eps, Miracle Max, West On 18. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312. 7:30 p.m. $12. All ages. Remember 2003? You know, when Indiana-based quartet The Ataris had just put out a gold-certified record called So Long, Astoria and were riding high on a handful of pop-punk meets alt-rock radio hits including their cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"? Well, that was 2003. But a recently released EP titled All Souls Day out on Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello's Paper + Plastik Records, and a sixth full-length due out later this year is proof that despite massive lineup shifts and label issues, frontman Kris Roe can keep his amps blaring with power chords and plenty of sentimentality. NICK FELDMAN

 
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