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Annie Beedy
Fruit Bats
Doe Bay Fest, with Grand Archives, THEESatfisfaction, The Head and The Heart, Fruit Bats, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Grand Hallway, Drew

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Tonight: Doe Bay Fest Day 1, The Temper Trap at the Showbox, Michael Bolton at the Emerald Queen

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Annie Beedy
Fruit Bats
Doe Bay Fest, with Grand Archives, THEESatfisfaction, The Head and The Heart, Fruit Bats, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Grand Hallway, Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives, Portland Cello Project, Fences, The Dimes, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers, Ivan & Alyosha, Shenandoah Davis, Kimo Muraki, Curtains For You, Ravenna Woods, Kaylee Cole, Black Whales. Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga, 360-376-8059. Sold out. Take everything there is to love about Sasquatch!--talented and much-loved independent bands backed by beautiful scenery--and subtract all its irritating qualities--way-too-drunk teenagers camping 10 feet away from you, prohibitively expensive food and drinks, and Memorial Day Weekend traffic--and you'll have Doe Bay Fest. Now in its third year, the weekend festival at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat on Orcas Island has managed to stay hyper-local, in both amenities and lineup. The resort itself sells mostly organic food from local farms while remaining committed to green practices; the festival's line up is exclusively buzzed-about Northwest bands. Last year, David Bazan and the Long Winters were the main draws; this year, it's Grand Archives, THEESatisfaction and The Head and the Heart. Add in breathtaking natural surroundings and clean campgrounds, and it's no surprise that this year's event, with only 750 tickets available, sold out in just 10 days. PAIGE RICHMOND

The Temper Trap. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $25. Attempts to infuse soulful gestures into a scientifically proven-to-be-un-soulful genre (indie rock) have been made so many times with terrible results; more times than not, it's an embarrassing, ham-fisted attempt at mashing together two flavors that leaves everyone feeling pretty disappointed and a little dirty. Somehow, The Temper Trap manage to jump these hurdles convincingly. Blending the two worlds gracefully, the Australian quartet integrate the spastic energy of bands like Bloc Party and the blissful nature of Jeff Buckley into a graceful mix of dynamics. Temper Trap mixes just enough hip-shaking into their swaying balladry, and sprinkle in just enough textural electronic elements and droned-out shoegaze sections to transport their solid pop music into that otherworldly territory where for the three minutes the song is playing, everything in the universe slows down to a near-complete stop. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Michael Bolton. Emerald Queen Casino, 5700 Pacific Highway S., Tacoma, 253-922-2000. 8:30 p.m. $40-$70. In the cult film Office Space, there's a computer programmer named Michael Bolton who neither looks like nor acts like the famed balladeer of the same name. The non-famous Michael Bolton is called into a conference room by a pair of hatchet men who've been charged with trimming personnel. Michael Bolton quickly lets his interrogators know that he'd prefer it if they call him Mike instead of Michael. Turns out one of the interrogators is "a Michael Bolton fan" who "celebrates the guy's entire catalogue." The non-famous Michael Bolton is ultimately laid off. Meanwhile, the famous Michael Bolton still gets panties thrown onstage when he sings. MIKE SEELY

 
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