Tonight: Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme at the Crocodile, Night Beats at the Funhouse

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Ashley Genevieve
Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, with Black Cherry Crush, Kamiak Musik. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $8. If there's doubt that funk is anything but alive, well and ass-kicking, critics need look no further than the furious energy of this local ten-piece and its charismatic frontman. Fresh off a Bumbershoot performance and the less-recent release of their debut album Us It What Time It Is in May 2009, Eldridge Gravy and his crew have repeatedly proved their ability to whip dancefloors into a heated frenzy. Calling to mind the soulful antics of the late '60s and early 70s, they take on some of the best characteristics of the likes of Sly and the Family Stone or James Brown without existing in the niche carved out by cover bands. They may have formed purely out of chance, the result of a going-away party for the ages, but the music this outfit makes is no fluke. NICK FELDMAN

Night Beats, with Unnatural Helpers, Zig Zags, Broomsticks. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $6. While Seattle three-piece the Night Beats' soulful sludge rock invokes the heady psychedelia of Cream, the 13th Floor Elevators and the Doors to the best possible end, there's a sultry edge to the band's music: the slurred riffs and Lee Blackwell's (real name Danny Rajan) howling is heady enough to spawn a spontaneous Bacchanalian orgy on the Funhouse's beer-slick floor. That the band is selling "limited edition condoms" in addition to things like shirts and buttons just drives home the point that this is music for people who like drugs almost as much as they like to fuck. Almost. SARA BRICKNER

 
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