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Music Critics' Picks: DJ Slimrock, Forest Beutel, Caspar Babypants, Nacosta

Sept. 18-25: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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[DJ] + THURS, SEPT. 18

If you're looking for some funk, jazz, soul, reggae, roots and foundational hip-hop to pair with your drink, you gottsta check out the award-winning DJ Slimrock's throwback night at The BroHo. Every third Thursday, Slimrock showcases the gems he's dug out of crates. You see, Slimrock is constantly scouring through record shops, garage sales and any place that produces circular and flat plastic for rare verves. He's 25360fficial to say the least. This Thursday, Slimrock invites his favorite music teacher to rock with him: Johnny Funk Fuzz. Funk Fuzz is the owner/operator of Funk Fuzz Records inside Dumpster Values and according to Slim, he "has the deepest crates" around. Come and get a dose of some dope music tonight and find out why Weekly Volcano voted Slimrock "Best DJ" in the 2013 Best of Olympia edition. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

DJ SLIMROCK'S FUNK NIGHT, 9 p.m., third Thursdays, The Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capital Way N., Olympia, no cover, 360.352.4153


As a founding member of Barleywine Revue and a member of Rusty Cleavers, Forest Beutel has had his share of carrying the torch for old-fashioned folk and bluegrass in Tacoma. Armed with a banjo and a harmonica, Beutel is releasing his debut solo album, If You Label Me, You Negate Me. Even more so than his work in other bands, Beutel's solo work values the classicism of country and bluegrass form. His songwriting is ragged and humble, covering well-worn subjects and winking acknowledgments of the tropes of the genre (mentions of dusty trails, beer and good ol' boys are aplenty). Joining Beutel for his album release show will be Squirrel Butter, a duo that also explores the sounds of traditional bluegrass and jug band rave-ups. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

FOREST BEUTEL, w/ Squirrel Butter, 8 p.m., B Sharp Coffee House, 706 Opera Alley, Tacoma, $5, 253.292.9969


A few years ago, I was tasked with going to the Tacoma Dome to review a live production of the hipster kids' show, Yo Gabba Gabba!. Even though I was given two tickets, I couldn't convince any of my friends to come with. There I was, a grown man, in a sea of children. Thankfully, a Yo Gabba Gabba! show is like a kiddie Flaming Lips concert, so I wasn't totally lost. There, I saw Caspar Babypants, the children's project from Chris Belew of the Presidents of the United States of America. Strumming a guitar to a feather-light kids' song, Belew brought the presence of a veteran indie rock god to the 2-year-olds of the world. As he ran offstage, he said, "Bye! I need to go write a song about a marshmallow." In other words: the best. {REV. AM}

CASPAR BABYPANTS, w/ Recess Monkey, 10:30 a.m., Rialto Theater, 310 N. Ninth St., Tacoma, $12-$22, 253.591.5890


Astral, visceral, ethereal - all of these "al" words describe Los Angeles indie rock band Nacosta. Synthy, dancey and poppy describe them, too. Releasing their first album this past spring, Under the Half Moon is full of harmonic tendencies, resulting in dreamy songs, backed by solid instrumental work. The song "Aberlina," for instance, is lyrically, and musically, a love story laced with creepiness, as good love stories should be. Do I hear a Beatles and other '60s psychedelic influence? And perhaps some Radiohead and other '90s pop influence as well? On a successful tour, including SXSW, these hotcakes will hit Tacoma before heading home and busting out another album. Catch them while you can. {NIKKI MCCOY}

NACOSTA, 9 p.m., The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 S Jefferson St., Tacoma, no cover, 253.572.2821

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