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Music Critics' Picks: Octagrape, Teenage Moods, Jeff Bridges & The Abiders

Nov. 15-21: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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Octagrape like to describe their music with cutesy terms like "hazy rabbits foot jams," but what they really deal with is searing noise. The only way I can see a rabbit's foot as a metaphor for Octagrape is to imagine the silky fur as it transitions to the crusty ankle part that always tops off your lucky foot. Yes, there's noise largely permeating the San Diego group, and yes, that crusty ankle bit is probably more indicative of the majority of Octagrape, but there's still silk to be found in the tumultuous squalls of sound. As hectic as things can get with this band, there's still a certain attention to detail when it comes to hooky choruses and deceptively sweet chord progressions. Octagrape don't want to scare you; they want you to join them. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

OCTAGRAPE, w/ Trumans Water, Permanent Makeup, Skrill Meadow, 8 p.m., Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia, $5


Minneapolis band Teenage Moods describe themselves as, interchangeably, "flower punk" and "floral rock." There's a fine difference between those two descriptors, but that little bit of distance is actually a bit of a gulf. The latter self-assigned genre may be the most accurate, as Teenage Moods take a flower-power attitude to power pop and mod stylings. Even more than garage revivalists, Teenage Moods are able to replicate the sort of carefree melodicism that was common in the mid-to-late ‘60s, as folk-rock and psychedelia were beginning to mix and mingle with the blues-rock aspirations of the mods. Even when things get a little amped up, there's a cleanliness to Teenage Moods that lends them a certain timelessness. They would have been right at home in the jangle-pop movement of the indie ‘80s, fitting right in on that iconic C86 tape. {REV. AM}

TEENAGE MOODS, w/ Dumpster Baby, Jupiter Sprites, the Loud Potions, 8 p.m., Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia, cover tba


Sure, you know actor Jeff Bridges from his performances in The Big Lebowski, Starman, the outstanding 2010 remake of True Grit, and so many other unforgettable films. You may also know he won an Oscar for playing country singer Otis "Bad" Blake in 2009's Crazy Heart. It may have slipped your attention, however, that Bridges had already released a solo album under his own name in 2000. He jammed with Kris Kristofferson between takes on Heaven's Gate (1980), an experience that informed his work on Crazy Heart, and sang in the star-studded choir for "We Are the World" a few years later. Crazy Heart included a song called "The Weary Kind," co-written by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett, that also won an Academy Award. Now Burnett has helped Bridges perfect some of his own tunes, plus some from the Crazy Heart score, and take them out on the road. As an additional treat for musical locavores, PK Dwyer, esteemed member of The Jitters, opens for Bridges at his upcoming Tacoma performance. {CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL}

JEFF BRIDGES & THE ABIDERS, w/ PK Dwyer, 7:30 p.m., Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, $55-$129, 253.591.5890

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