Tonight: Scissor Sisters at the Showbox SoDo, Rockaraoke at the Crocodile

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Scissor Sisters, with Sammy Jo, Casey Spooner. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $33. Night Work, the third album from New York's Scissor Sisters, is an homage to all the night hawks of the world, the dancing queens who stay out 'til the wee hours, fully living up every possible minute they can get. The music, as heard on lead singles "Fire With Fire" and "Any Which Way," is impassioned and gloriously glam; a celebration of the communal bonds between clubgoers, it's much more emotive stuff than the group's earlier songs like "Tits on the Radio." The Sisters put on famously flashy live shows to match their dancefloor tunes - Lady Gaga handpicked them to open for the early 2011 leg of her world tour. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Rockaraoke. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $5. Rockaraoke has always made regular karaoke seem like tiddlywinks, but the concept was flawed. For years, they've tried to get this idea of live band karaoke going, but the lack of a teleprompter held things back. There were bands that could play a ton of tunes, but the problem was singers had to have the lyrics memorized--and the performances wound up being a sloppy mess. But the Crocodile now has a Rockaroke band that's figured out how to add the essential lyrics screen to aid performers, and it's made all the difference in the world. This goes out to anyone who's gotten to the point where regular karaoke just doesn't deliver the same punch it used to. The band is tight and can do it all: Barry Manilow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Emimem, The Dixie Chicks, Beyonce, you name it. JEFF ROMAN

 
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