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Lady Gaga. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 8 p.m. Sold out. The last time Lady Gaga performed in Washington State, it was

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Tonight: Lady Gaga at the Tacoma Dome, Black Francis at the Triple Door, Witchburn at Chop Suey

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Lady Gaga. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 8 p.m. Sold out. The last time Lady Gaga performed in Washington State, it was also at the Tacoma Dome - and she was opening for New Kids on the Block. It's hard to believe that was only a little over a year ago, now that the 24-year-old Gaga is the world's biggest star. In shows throughout her current concert extravaganza, the 2010 Monster Ball, Gaga's simulated having her heart ripped out of her chest, dripping with fake blood, pounded her piano keys with her 5-inch spike heels, worn a bra that shoots fire from the nipples, and shimmied and thrust her hips like some unholy love child of Prince and Madonna -- the Lady truly is legendary. Fans, get your bodysuits and cigarette sunglasses on - Tacoma's never had a night like this. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Black Francis, with Rachel Flotard, Rusty Willoughby. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. (all ages), 10 p.m. (21+). $25. The name Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV may not ring any bells (or roll off the tongue easily), but to anyone who has paid vague attention to what was referred to as "alternative rock," he is absolute living, breathing royalty. Known around music circles as Black Francis or Frank Black (depending on the decade/project), the man has influenced just around 98% of your favorite bands. As frontman of the Pixies, Black Francis screamed like a banshee was trying to crawl out of his throat over catchy riffs and skewed surf-rock, proving that a three-minute pop song could be a powerful work of art, too. As a solo artist, Frank Black has pushed past the loud-quiet-loud dynamic of the Pixies into more expansive, subtly expressive territory, all the while still retaining the Pixies' undying love for a catchy riff and abstract lyricism. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Witchburn, with Supernauty, Stone Axe, Ubik. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $10. Plot idea for the new episodes of Beavis and Butt-head: Power struggles over the assistant night manager position at Burger World and Butt-head's on-again off-again relationship with Beavis' mom (who's still a dirty slut) have left our inseparable dudes at a crossroads. What could reunite them? Metal of course. Like the irony-free, straight-ahead variety pervaded by Seattle's own Witchburn. The 'Burn have enlisted none other than Jack Endino to sharpen the razor's edge on their latest, This Is How We Slay Our Demons, which showcases the scorching "Come to Butt-head" vocals of snarling rock chick Jamie Nova. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Click here to download "Army of Voices" by Witchburn

 
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