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Anastasia Dixon
Kithkin at Salmon Bay Eagles on Saturday, October 6, during Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local Music Festival.
By Keegan Prosser

Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local

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My Reverb 2012: The Men of Kithkin Are Animals and BFA Forgot the Ice Cream

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Anastasia Dixon
Kithkin at Salmon Bay Eagles on Saturday, October 6, during Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local Music Festival.
By Keegan Prosser

Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local Music Festival

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Saturday, Oct. 6

8 p.m., Salmon Bay Eagles: I had a pretty good feeling of what to expect from Kithkin's set at Salmon Bay Eagles: a weird trip to the fictional realm of Cascadia, heavy on percussion and nerdiness. And true to form, they delivered. The venue, which looks eerily like a 1970s living room, kept with the intimate, house-party-esque vibe - but the highpoint of the set was seeing what tomfoolery drummer/vocalist Ian McCutcheon would get up to next. Spoiler: he spent more time in the audience than not - and he has really good taste in scarves.

9 p.m., Miro Tea: Having described the Crow Quil Night Owls as saloon-friendly tuneage, it was a little strange to see the three-piece performing in the mellow (but completely packed) tea room - an irony guitarist Kit "Stymee" Stovepipe was quick to address. Nevertheless, I'm a sucker for a good washtub bass, and while I skipped the suggested "stiff tea," their set had more then my feet stomping to the old-time jazz beat. Honorable mention to fiddle-virtuoso Annie Ford who joined the group for the entire set after having run in to them earlier in the day. "We saw her on her bike earlier and just asked what she was up to," Kit explained. #OhBallard.

10:30 p.m., The 2 Bit Saloon: I was warned to not touch anything inside the 2 Bit Saloon before even stepping in the door, so when I walked in to Ticktockman's set I was definitely wishing I'd brought a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer. Needless to say, the dark, PBR-glossed room seemed to add to the ambiance of the set - which was heavy on brutal guitar riffs and thundering percussion. I wasn't too familiar with their songs prior to checking them out, but their messy rock tunes laced with soaring, angst-ridden vocals are definitely something I can get behind.

11 p.m., Hilliard's Brewery: I've been on a bit of a local hip-hop kick as of late, and as such, there was no way in hell I was going to miss Brothers From Another. Though the pair of 20-somethings are transplants from Southern California, their recent Taco Tuesday EP makes one thing clear: they're all about the Town. My takeaway:

1) Their cheeky rhymes - about the sun and ladies and the legends of the 206 - were on point.

2) The twosome, aptly named "Tall" and "Short," may be the most adorable - and charming - guys in the game right now.

3) Despite the fact I knew Geo (Blue Scholars) and Thig Nat (The Physics) were out of town - I really, really, REALLY wanted some "Molly Moon's" in my life.

 
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