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Elliott Brood, KEXP Mural Concert Series, with Grand Hallway, Gabriel Mintz. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 684-7200. 5 p.m. Free. All ages. Toronto folk-rock hybrid Elliott

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Tonight: Elliott Brood at KEXP's Mural Concert Series, Animals at Night, T-Model Ford

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Elliott Brood, KEXP Mural Concert Series, with Grand Hallway, Gabriel Mintz. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 684-7200. 5 p.m. Free. All ages. Toronto folk-rock hybrid Elliott Brood specializes in boot-thumping Frankensteins of country songs. The band's second full-length, 2008's Mountain Meadows, is constructed of plucked banjo and strummed ukulele, saloon piano and horns, with a rock edge supplied by frontman Mark Sasso's hoarse howl. The band is currently working on its third full-length, and because Elliott Brood likes to "road-test" songs before recording them, it's likely that audiences will get to hear plenty of brand-new material from the band. And while Mountain Meadows is a good reflection of the band's skill, Elliott Brood is one of those bands you just have to see live - and in an outdoor setting, it should be even better. SARA BRICKNER

The Animals at Night, with The Quit, Mal El Mer, 324-8000. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $10. Graig Markel, the musician and producer behind The Animals at Night, calls their sound "Broken Soul"--a blend of downtempo, rock and R & B that would fit nicely between Hot Chip and Head Like a Kite (whom Markel produced) on a mixtape. It's pretty great stuff, from a wildly creative and largely unheralded local talent. Members of Modest Mouse and the Long Winters contributed percussive and multi-instrumental prowess on last year's Cut to Chase Chorus and Fade, with sexy results. Check out their new jams at tonight's show, a CD release for The Quit's Stars Invisible By Day. Mal El Mer, with members formerly of the Divorce and Slender Means, open. RACHEL SHIMP

T-Model Ford. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $10. At nearly 90 years old (he thinks--his birthday could have been 1920 or 1921) veteran bluesman and ex-con T-Model Ford is a grizzled legend with plenty of aches and pains in his body and heart. Signed to eclectic indie label Fat Possum Records (also responsible for releasing early records by the Walkmen, Dinosaur Jr., and the Black Keys), the Mississippi native tours a remarkable amount for a performer so advanced in years. Thanks to serendipitous infusion of energy he got last year from local band GravelRoad (and a recently inserted pacemaker) he keeps trucking, with his markedly younger peers backing him up with a respectful, rock-steady rhythm section that is the perfect platform for his songs of dirty deeds, dirtier women, and the kind of deeply fermented wisdom that can only come from a hard life lived. HANNAH LEVIN

 
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