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Kele, with Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Innerpartysystem. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $18. Put your opinions about Bloc Party aside,

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Tonight: Kele at Chop Suey, Willie Nelson Does the Puyallup, Verellen Amps Showcase at Neumos

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Kele, with Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Innerpartysystem. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 8 p.m. $18. Put your opinions about Bloc Party aside, because Kele Okereke's album, The Boxer, has next to nothing to do with his band. The artist spent some time in Berlin, came out as gay this spring and dropped his winning solo debut this summer. Singles like "Everything you Wanted" have been a boon to indie-dance parties, and the remixes of "Tenderoni" (of which there are 50 user-generated ones to date on his web site) have appeared smartly in many a DJ set. In the video for "Tenderoni," Okereke also comes out quite definitively as a hunk. It's refreshing to see an artist who came up in the aughts, when everyone had their 15, show that while hot, they're much more than a flash in the pan. RACHEL SHIMP

Willie Nelson, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W.; Puyallup, 253-841-5045. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50. All ages. As the alt-country hipsterati has embraced Willie Nelson over the last decade, his coolness cache has gone through the roof, and he spends some summers touring minor league ballparks with Bob Dylan. But 10 years ago, in the summer of 2000, the hankied one launched a veritable tour of small-town Washington fairs. He played no less than the Northwest Washington Fair (Lynden), the Southwest Washington Fair (Chehalis), the Evergreen State Fair (Monroe), and the Benton-Franklin County Fair (Kennewick). I'd love to tell you about Willie's free show in Lynden, which my folks and I made a special trip north for, but we filled up on ice cream at the Lynden-Christian booth and could no longer stand up. Don't you go doing the same when you Do the Puyallup with Willie, now, ya hear? CHRIS KORNELIS

Verellen Amps Showcase, with Helms Alee, Akimbo, Narrows, The Dark. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $8. Rocket Queen and New-School Noir!

 
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