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December 28, 2013 at 11:15am

Night Moves: SEACATS, Death By Stars, World's Finest, Culcullen, Kareem Kandi Band and others ...

Furry Buddies

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The Acme Grub Cage Tacoma - Downtown. Blanco Bronco Record Release Party with Furry Buddies. Gritty City Sirens burlesque also in the house. 9 pm.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. SEACATS, The Echo Echo Echoes, Hearts Are Thugs, Luxe Canyon. 8 pm. 45.

  • I can't be certain, but it seems likely that SEACATS may have the distinction of being the first band I've covered that were born out of a comedy web series. Formed by Kelso, Wash., by brothers Josh and Mike Davis, SEACATS make boisterous power-pop that recalls the guitar heroics of Fang Island and Surfer Blood, with a dash of the humorous self-deprecation of Weezer. While SEACATS describe themselves as "funny guyz," their songs don't make the mistake of drifting into a full-on comedy act. Despite their onstage antics and clearly tongue-in-cheek writing, these songs are by and large legit anthems that can be enjoyed by those people that tend to dismiss anything even close to comedy bands - even ones that were erroneously labeled as such, such as They Might Be Giants and Ween. But don't get me started on those people. - Rev. Adam McKinney

B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Triangle District. Kimball and the Fugitives. 7-10 pm. NC.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. World's Finest featuring Steve Swatkins, Brett Cummings, Josh Hegg, Camron Arneson, Jesse Turcotte, Jeff Berghammer and Kevin Blackwood. 9 pm. NC.

Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Tacoma - Downtown. Kim Archer on Ice. All Ages. 7-9 pm. NC, $4-$8 ice skating.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Stephanie Anne Johnson (of The Voice) Welcome Home Show. 8 pm. $8-$15.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Culcullen. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Echoes: Tribute To Pink Floyd. All Ages. 8 pm.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Amber's Birthday Party, with Death By Stars, People Under The Sun, Oh Dear, Milk. 9 pm. NC.

  • The New Frontier Lounge is hosting a free birthday bash for some chick named Amber, who is now apparently old enough to join Betty White and the rest of the Golden Girls, at least according to the Facebook event page. While I don't know Amber (Happy Birthday anyway!), I do know the line-up looks smokin'. Death By Stars is one of four bands set to play, and one of my personal Tacoma faves. Number one reason they are on the fave list? They make me want to dance. I'm listening to them right now, and I'm having trouble typing because it's out of sync with their synth-y, catchy beats and I'd rather be bouncing with the rhythm, riding the groove, closing my eyes and getting into the vibe. But hey, there's work to do, so back to reality. But, come this weekend get ready to let loose and party with the best of 'em. - Nikki McCoy

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. The One & Only Ramains. 8 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Los Flacos. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Klasx. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Dec. 28 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

December 21, 2013 at 8:33am

Night Moves: Kurt Lindsay on Ice, Dames, Hell's Belles, DBST, Heretic The Heathen, Shmuskin and others ...

Kurt Lindsay Band on Ice tonight at the Franciscan Polar Plaza ice rink.

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Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Slutty Hearts, Vox Mod, Back From Hiatus. 8 pm. $5. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on the Slutty Hearts in the Music & Culture section.

Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Tacoma - Downtown. Kurt Lindsay on Ice. All Ages. 7-9 pm. NC, $4-$8 ice skating.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Hell's Belles (all-female AC/DC tribute), Adrian and the Sickness. All Ages. 5 pm. Hell's Belles (all-female AC/DC tribute), Adrian and the Sickness. 9 pm. $12.

Jezebels Bar & Grill Olympia - Downtown. Heretic The Heathen Birthday Show. 9 pm. $5. 

  • There aren't many celebrities in the South Sound, but there are people who make our communities better just with their presence and energy - of course, coupled with good deeds and service. In the local hip-hop community - with a touch of 206 - Heretic The Heathen (representing The 360 real tough-like) is just one of those people. The rappin'-ass promoter/battler/media man will join Puget, Ang P, Patron and Akeem, and special marquee battle featuring SOS vs. Double B, in downtown Oly. Heretic is one of the problem-solvers and do-gooders - not because he's trying to do good, but because it's the right thing to do - in our community. Join him and the other talent at this public party with party people and DJ DP Sea on the 1s and 2s. - Jose Gutierrez Jr.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Shmuskin. 9 pm.

  • The landscape of music is lousy with bawdy comedy music - from the party records of the '50s and '60s, through on to Blowfly's reign as the king of bad taste, and a slew of generally puerile and juvenile underground releases catching dust in discount bins - but this trend has largely slowed down. Part of the genre's decline is as a result of the comparatively more open culture we live in today, which doesn't quite necessitate getting kicks from records where people say bad words. Regardless, Shmuskin (Andy Shmuskin, that is) seems to be carrying that torch, not least with his holiday classic, "Christmas Cunnilingus." Just a man and his guitar, writing filthy folk paeans and tributes like "Sarah Silverman," where he laments that the "thinking man's sex symbol" dated Jimmy Kimmel. Shmuskin's giddily lowbrow songs are a welcome return to those crass old party records. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Mechanism. All Ages. 8 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. NWCZ Night of Gritmas, with The Big Wheel Stunt Show, Fred Speakman, Gavin Guss, Halcion Halo, Bandolier, Regan Lane, The Harolds, The Gimmer That Stole Christmas, The Reindeer Droppings. Proceeds benefit Tacoma Rescue Mission. 8 pm. $3 + can of food.

Northern Pacific Coffee Co. Tacoma - Parkland. Mudslug, Boreal and Trueno. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Old General Store Steakhouse & Saloon Roy. Doubleback. 9 pm.

Olympia Ballroom Olympia - Downtown. DBST, The Hard Way, a light show and burlesque, 9 pm. $10.

  • I keep hearing about DBST. Facebook feeds, fliers around town and in conversations overheard at the bar. So, when I saw they were playing the growing tradition of the winter "Soulstice" event held in the Olympia Ballroom, I figured it was time to check them out. A Youtube search brings up a video of the band's intimate performance at the Pig Bar. My first impression was Grateful Dead, not so much in the sound, although it wouldn't be too far-fetched, but in the instant roll into psychedelic rock. The song, "Every Word," was 8:53 minutes long if that tells you anything. The three piece easily slips into jam space where conversation from the bar can peep through the recording, but not because the music has become disengaging, but rather as a compliment to the band's ability to change tempo and dynamic with the flick of a wrist. - Nikki McCoy

Sanford and Son Library Tacoma - Downtown. Dames, Hunnywell, Evan Main. 7:30 pm. $5 donation.

  • Two of the influences cited by Dames do well to encapsulate their particular charm: Mac DeMarco and Tacoma's own (possibly defunct?) Makeup Monsters. What all three of these groups have in common is a certain embrace of a slacker ethos, which presents not as apathy, but as a shaggy energy. Instead of having a blasé attitude to match their laid-back vibes, Mac DeMarco, Makeup Monsters and now Dames, all have a deep, abiding love for catchy songcraft and a reverence for the godfathers of outsider pop such as Jonathan Richman and Gordon Gano. Dames make sunny indie pop that isn't afraid of hooky backing vocals ("oohs" and "aahs" abound) and reaches back as much for classic inspiration as it does reach out for the trendy jangle of today. - Rev. AM

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Tatoosh. 8 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Tingstad & Rumbel. All Ages. 8 pm. $15-$22.

Triple Play Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. The Ride and guests. 9 pm. NC.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. ABATE Bake Sale, with Strange Pleasure. 9 pm.

Waterstreet Cafe Olympia - Downtown. Dennis Hastings & The Joe Baque Trio. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Dec. 21 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 30, 2013 at 9:58am

Night Moves: Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, McTuff with Skerik, Elbow Coulee, The Flavr Blue, Kapn Crunch & The Cereal Killers and others ...

Cloud Person

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B Sharp Coffee House - Tacoma. SB Slim. All Ages. 7 pm. NC.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Cloud Person, the Owl Parliament, the Cedars. 9 pm.

  • Beneath the beauty and pageantry of Seattle six-piece Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, there runs a streak of wryly winking satire. These are people who know what it looks like to be some folk-slinging hipsters in the Pacific Northwest, and they find humor in appearances. In this way, they're reminiscent of other dryly-funny locals such as Shotgun Kitchen, Pillow Army, and the Foghorns. Their song, "Irene, Goodnight," is about being 27-years-old, drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon and Old Fashioned cocktails, riding fixed gear bicycles, raising urban livestock, thinking yourself a sensitive intellectual, and reveling in how wonderful it is to not be a cliché. All of this spot-on observation is bolstered by beatific instrumentation - flutes and violins trill in the background, as winsome guitars and drums drive the song along. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Modelo Mustache Party, with McTuff featuring saxophonist Skerik. 9 pm.

Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Rink Tacoma - Downtown. SweetKiss Momma on Ice. All Ages. 7-9 pm. $4-$8 ice skating.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. LA Lungs, Chrome Windows, Davey, Total Life. 9 pm.

Metcalf Manor Olympia - Eastside. Elbow Coulee, Wildlife Indoors, Get Mom, Noodlebird. 8:30 pm. $2.

  • Here we are, Thanksgiving weekend. You know it's going to be poppin' off in Olympia with all the kids in town for the holiday. School's out, weather is cold as a turkey's tit and people are looking for fun. Well how about Thanks Groovin? Dance off the stuffing and gravy with great bands at a cool house venue, which also serves as a bed and breakfast. Headliner Elbow Coulee has a great following with their dance/synth/rock style, prompting dancing, hollering and straight-up partying. I like the Rev. Adam McKinney's description: "Flourishes of lite prog rock guitar noodling, mixing with dips into '90s emo and tight spiky early 00s dance punk." Awesome. Plus, all the boys in the band are cute. - Nikki McCoy

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Black Saturday Fashion Show, featuring Keyboard Kid, The Flavr Blue, Mr. Melanin. 9 pm. $10-$30.

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. Movember Mustache Appreciation Party with Kapn Crunch & The Cereal Killers. Ten percent of the proceeds go to prostate cancer research. 9 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Maia Santell. 9 pm.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Stonegate's Pirate Costume Party Contest & 4th Birthday Party, with Crosswalk. 9 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. The Downtown Mountain Boys. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Nov. 30 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

November 22, 2013 at 7:47am

Night Moves: Stephanie Anne Johnson, Swelter, Gabriel Wolfchild, Nick Moss Band, I Like Science and others ...

Bali Girls

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The Gig Spot Gig Harbor. Argonian. 8 pm. $8.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Nick Moss Band. 8 pm. $10.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Combo. 7 pm.

Medi's Pizza Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Mirrorgloss, the Pecos, I Like Science, the Spins. 8 pm. NC.

  • Made up of singers Del Brown and Najamoniq Todd, guitarist Danny Kenny and drummer Bryan Robertson, Mirrorgloss is a dance-rock band in the vein of LCD Soundsystem. They find solid grooves and have the good sense to sit in them and let them stretch out until they settle nice and deep into your bones. Their secret weapon is their guitarist, who nimbly does yeoman's work of filling in the gaps between preprogrammed beats and the live drumming, stealthily sewing everything neatly together. - Rev. Adam McKinney

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Swelter 15-Year Reunion, with Bali Girls, Negative Press. 9 pm. $5.

  • If you enjoy claustrophobic crowds, sweaty people and hard rock, don't miss this show. Swelter, a Tacoma band formed around 1990, will reunite to rock The New Frontier Lounge Friday. The quartet began as Swelter Cacklebush, a heavy pop band formed by singer Micah Hembree, bassist Chad Baker, drummer Stuart Linkert and guitarist Jason Harsin. Linkert and Harsin blazed to form the uber popular Katie's Dimples. In 1993, Linkert grabbed guitarists Jason Dietrich and David Takata, changed the name to Swelter and rocked a Stooges-meet-Bad Seeds sound. A third guitarist, Sean Lanksbury joined the band, until the band broke up in 1998. - Ron Swarner

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Gabriel Wolfchild, Bitches In The Beehive, NoodleBird, The Celestials. All Ages. 7 pm. $5.

  • To stand out as a man with an acoustic guitar takes some doing, as anyone who's been to a coffeehouse open mic can attest. Gabriel Wolfchild makes unapologetically somber music that somehow avoids the pitfall of maudlin naval-gazing. Gabriel Wolfchild's voice is clear and steady, devoid both of showboating and of ponderous whisper-singing. His collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Maesyn only enriched the quality of his songwriting. Maesyn's contribution of violin and harmony on their album, A Cry to the Moon, expands and enlivens the proceedings, freeing it from the solo singer-songwriter palate and transporting it into a world of folk that extends to world music, blues and Tom Waits-indebted balladeering. What mostly stands out about Gabriel Wolfchild is his storytelling. Each of his songs unfolds in ways that validate their sparse surroundings. - Rev. AM

Northern Pacific Coffee Co. Tacoma - Parkland. Thanksgiving Benefit Show featuring Stephanie Anne Johnson, Kye Alfred Hillig, Andrew Cook, David Hannon, Heidi Stoermer and Toby Hanson. All Ages. 7 pm. Cash and canned food donations.

O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. A Happy Death, Thunders of Wrath, Our Burgundy. 9 pm.

  • Though they have a song that's explicitly called "Surf Rock Band," it would be a mistake to call them one. A Happy Death plant their feet firmly in the court of garage-pop madness, seemingly content to thrash away in blissfully psychedelic, noisy bliss, while never crossing the threshold into noise-rock or brain-melting chaos. Mostly, reverb is utilized to create a haze of '60s revivalism, though it finds itself imbued with a sweetness frequently found in the hordes of garage nostalgists. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on A Happy Death in the Music and Culture section.

Red Wind Casino Yelm. Jonathan Harris. 8:30 pm. NC.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Chris Jones. 5 pm. Ghost 211. 9 pm.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Fallen Kings, Dirge Era, Lady Luck. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Friday, Nov. 22 in the South Sound

November 16, 2013 at 9:04am

Night Moves: Brakemouth, Debbie Neigher, Charlie Drown, The Approach, Blue Grit Gypsy Band, Black Top Demon, Argonaut, Mahnhammer and others ...

Furry Buddies

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B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Triangle District. Ty Wilan. High energy R&B. 8pm-11pm. free.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Brakemouth, Not From Brooklyn, Future Fridays and the Sound of Speed. 9 pm. $5.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Blue Grit Gypsy Band. 9:30 pm. NC.

The Gig Spot Gig Harbor. The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. All Ages. 8 pm. $12.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. The Approach CD Release Party, with Vividal, Mighty High. 8 pm. $8.

  • A cursory look at the Tacoma reggae quartet The Approach's debut record suggests the band favors upbeat rhythms over the lazy, laid-back tempos preferred by too many of its contemporaries. This gives the songs an exceptionally strong rhythmic backbone. Combining hip-hop, reggae, rock and ska, the band isn't afraid to throw in some unexpected tricks, such as shredding guitars and a few Anthony Kiedes-like interludes. Although some of the songs go on a bit long, they rarely sound self-indulgent. No, instead they sound like a party, which is exactly what the band's live shows bust out. Drop by Jazzbones Saturday night for The Approach's CD release party with Vividal and Mighty High setting the tone - emphasis on "party." - Ron Swarner

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Shit Blizzard, Fox & The Law, Thunders Of Wrath. 9 pm.

The Lochs Tacoma - Downtown. Under Sin, Black Top Demon, Riot and Rhythm. 8 pm. $10.

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Lefthead, Beyond Theory, Charlie Drown. All Ages. 8 pm.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Metronome Coffee Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Debbie Neigher. All Ages. 8 pm.

  • A hip coffeehouse and a young, bright singer/songwriter/pianist from the Bay Area? Sounds perfect for a November evening. Debbie Neigher is on tour to promote her sophomore album, Unravel, a joint effort by talent that has worked on The Mountain Goats, Rogue Wave and Death Cab for Cutie. The result is lovely, with a lot of feminine power, a lot of pop-synth and a lot of heart. Dancing or relaxing would both be appropriate when listening Neigher's soprano sweet voice and piano-driven jams. Hype for the artist from San Francisco Bay Guardian reads, "She's youthful (just 24), yet her voice is strong and conveys a wise understanding of past, similar to Michelle Branch or Fiona Apple. Her lyrics often dive into difficult topics ... And her intricate piano work soars." - Nikki McCoy

Northern Olympia - downtown. Aan, Gothic Tropic and guests. 8 pm. $5. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Aan in the Music and Culture section.

Southbay Dickerson's BBQ/Pig Bar Olympia - Downtown. Daniel "Mudcat" McKinstry. 8 pm. NC.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Argonaut, Dogs Of War, Skies Below, Furry Buddies. 9 pm.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Aan, Gothic Tropic. All Ages. 8 pm. $5.

O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Cleric, Czar, Mahnhammer, Barefoot Barnacle. 9 pm.

Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar Vashon. The Ian McFeron Band. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. The Rockodiles. 8 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Correo Aereo. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15.

Treos Tacoma - Central. Michael Coucoules. All Ages. 7-9 pm. NC.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Midnight Ride. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Nov. 16 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 26, 2013 at 8:29am

Night Moves: The Hive Dwellers, E-40, Rod Cook, Wide Eye Panic, Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned, Blue Nose Music, Clinton Fearon and others ...

Lois

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B Sharp Coffee House Tacoma - Triangle District. Rod Cook. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Capitol Theater Olympia - Downtown. Night Of The Living Tribute Bands, featuring tributes to The Specials, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spinal Tap. All Ages. 8:30 pm. $8-$10.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned. 9:30 pm. NC.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. First Degree The D.E.'s Halloween Horror Night Costume Party, with Blue Nose Music, Shao Sosa, Awall AKA 2Piece, Beanz & Rize, hosted by Josh Rizeberg. 8 pm. $10.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band, with New Kingston. 8 pm. $10.

Kilworth Chapel Tacoma - Northend. La Familia Valera Miranda. All Ages. 7:30 pm. $12.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Oly Freakdown Halloween Hardcore & Metal Show with Eidola, Redeem the Exile, ThisTopia, Enclosures, T.H.O.R. All Ages. 5:30 pm. $5. MC Swamptiger, Smoke Of Oldominion. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Wide Eye Panic, In The Between, December In Red, Insuburban Avenue, Watcher's Eye. All Ages. 6 pm.

Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. 16 Sparrows. All Ages. 8 pm. $6.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Lovers Without Borders, Lois, The Hive Dwellers. All Ages. 8 pm. $6.

  • Saturday's show at the Northern is a showcase of Olympia legends, including K Records founder Calvin Johnson with his Hive Dwellers project, and a supergroup of Karl Blau, Allen Peril, and Jessica Bonin by the name of Lovers Without Borders. Of particular interest is a performance from Lois Maffeo, who tends more often to go by the Google-confounding title of, simply, Lois. A prolific member of the Olympia DIY community throughout the '90s, Lois's output has slowed over the years, but she leaves an impressive collection of collaborations with any number of alt scene movers and shakers - most notably her quite good album, The Union Themes, which she recorded with Brendan Canty of Fugazi. All along the way, what distinguished Lois were her lovely voice, her strong songwriting and her flair for knocking out warmly catchy folk-pop. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. 13 Eves of Halloween with Ghost 211. Creepiest costume contest for cash. 9 pm.

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. E-40, Beejan, Krucial Barz, Mr. Tist 7 Yak Nasty, Frankie Hustle, Circle of Bosses, Free Whiskey and XPerience. 9 pm. $20.

  • The legend, the lyricist, the greatest gamespitter of all time, the Ambassador of The Bay, E-Feezy Fonzarelli ... Call him what you want, but don't be late catching this man rock the stage at The Royal Lounge Saturday night in Olympia - and he often travels with his cohort from The Click, B-Legit. E-40 is the hardest working man in hip-hop, at least in terms of albums output.  In the past three years, 40 Water has dropped the Revenue Retrievin' series (four CDs) and The Block Brochure Volumes 1-3, his collaboration with Too Short's Mob & Function Music (double disc) and the forthcoming parts 4-6.  You do the math - that's 12 quality releases in as much time as it took you to write your last resume. He's a model for the art of hustling and he's in The 25360 this weekend, The Mailman cometh. Alongside 40 will be a lineup of local talent including Beejan, Krucial Barz, Mr. Twist & Yak Nasty (celebrating a long-term of sobriety - go, Yak!), Circle of Bosses, Free Whiskey, XP (coming off the release of his new classic, The Revelations [EP] and hosted by Frankie Hustle. Bound to be plenty of memorable moments at this one. - Jose Gutierrez Jr.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Pre-Halloween Party, with Crosswalk Band, costume contest. 9 pm. NC.

Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe Tacoma - Eastside. 6th year Anniversary Show featuring Pioneers West Reunion, with The Wheelies. 9 pm. NC.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Spanaway & Tacoma ABATE Halloween Bash, with Justice Creek. 9 pm.

Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Halloween Party, with Tumbling Dice. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Oct. 26 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

LINK: Today's Halloween events in the South Sound

October 25, 2013 at 11:03am

Night Moves: Halloween Weekend Edition

You've been there, seen it in person: tens of thousands of South Sounders keeping it weird, looping around the blocks, popping into bar after bar tossing back shots. Maybe you don't want to drink Flaming Dr Peppers and Irish Car Bombs this weekend. Maybe you want a little music to go with your Duck Dynasty costume. There's plenty of musical frights all weekend. For those looking for a complete Halloween events calendar, click here.

>>> FRIDAY, OCT. 25

Matrix Coffee House. Lewis County. Costume Party #2 Spooky Open Mic. 6:30 pm. Free admission. (434 NW Prindle St., Chehalis, 360.740.0492)

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Halloween Party and costume contest. 8 pm. (311 Capitol Way, 360.705.0760)

Jazzbones. Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Late Night Fridays Halloween Bash & Costume Contest, with DJ Pedro. 10:30 pm. (2803 6th Ave, 253.396.9169)

>>> SATURDAY, OCT. 26

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge. Olympia - Downtown. Oly Freakdown - Halloween Hardcore & Metal Show with Eidola, Redeem the Exile, ThisTopia, Enclosures and T.H.O.R.5:30-10:30 pm. $5. (404 4th Ave. E., 360.943.5710)

JR's Hideaway Belfair. JR's Halloween Party, with DJ, costume contest, bobbing for bottles. 8 pm. (22540 NE St. Route 3, 253.275.4547)

Emerald Queen Casino. Tacoma - Eastside. Halloween Party with costume contest, hosted by Star 101.5 FM Curt Kruse. 9 pm. No cover (2024 E. 29th St., 888.831.7655)

Tides Tavern. Gig Harbor. Halloween Bash and Costume Contest, dress as your favorite yacht skipper. 7 pm. (2925 Harborview Drive, 253.858.3982)

Olympic Club Hotel and Theater. Centralia. Halloween at The Olympic Club, with Sassparilla.7 pm. Free admission. (112 N. Tower Ave., 866.736.5164)

Harmon Tap Room. Tacoma - Stadium District. First Degree The D.E.'s Halloween Horror Night hip-hop party hosted by Josh Rizeberg with Blue Nose Music, Shao Sosa and Awall aka 2piece featuring a dress to kill costume contest. 8 pm. $10 cover. (204 St. Helens, 253.212.2725)

The New Frontier Lounge. Tacoma - Dome District. Head Hunters Harvest Halloween Party with DJs D:Fi, Nathang and Partners in Grime, cash prize costume contest. 8 pm. (301 E. 25th St., 253.572.4020)

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill. Spanaway. Spanaway & Tacoma ABATE Halloween Bash, with Justice Creek. 9 pm. (16003 Pacific Ave., 253.507.7808)

Pints & Quarts Pub Westside. Olympia - Westside. Westside Halloween Bash, with costume contest.9 pm. (625 Black Lake Blvd SW, #560, 360.943.5611)

Summit Pub. Puyallup. Boos and Booze Halloween Bash, with costume contest.9 pm. (9502 Canyon Road East, 253.536.1588)

Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Halloween party with Tumbling Dice band. 9 pm. (5928 N. 26th St., 253.756.7072)

Great American Casino. Lakewood. Nite Crew Halloween Party. 9 pm. Free admission. (10117 South Tacoma Way, 253.396.0500)

Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Pre-Halloween Party, with Crosswalk Band, costume contest.9 pm. Free admission. (5419 South Tacoma Way, 253.473.2255)

Capitol Theater. Olympia - Downtown. Night Of The Living Tribute Bands, featuring tributes to The Specials, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Queens Of The Stone Age, Spinal Tap. 8:30 pm. $8-$10. (206 Fifth Ave. S.E., 360.754.3635)

Steel Creek Tacoma - Downtown. Pre-Halloween party DJs spinning country and rock, with $500 cash prizes costume contest. 9:30 pm. Free before 9:30 pm (1114 Broadway, 253.627.1229)

Encore Boutique Nightclub Tacoma - Downtown. Halloween Party with DJs and $1,000 costume contest. 10 pm. (1025 Pacific Ave., encorevip.com)

>>> SUNDAY, OCT. 27

Stonegate Pizza. Tacoma - South. Halloween Swing & Blues Costume Party, with Maia Santell & House Blend.6 pm. $7. (5419 South Tacoma Way, 253.473.2255)

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Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Olympia, Tacoma,

October 12, 2013 at 8:36am

Night Moves: Wild Berries, Kim Archer Band, Feng Chia, Stagecoach Nettie, Heartless, Kareem Kandi, X Suns and others ...

Fall Of Electricity

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502 Downtown Tacoma - Downtown. Kim Archer Band with Gritty City Sirens burlesque troupe and DJ Ninja Kat. Halloween costume contest plus raffle. 9 pm. $10 cash.

Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Heavy Prog with Breag Naofa, Feng Chia, Moraine, God Hates Fads. 8 pm. $5.

  • If you find yourself thirsty for post-metal, heavy prog rock, look no further than Bob's Java Jive tonight. Political, anti-religious, and blood-shedding doom is the nature of Seattle's Breag Naofa, who perfectly execute the qualities of the genre, with plenty of mid-tempo drone and growly vocals. The evening also promises the interesting music of Fang Chia, a Tacoma-based experimental jazz-rock band consisting of music alumni of the University of Puget Sound. Blurring lines and blowing minds is what Fang Chia strive to do with self-promo stating their combined musical background is "rooted in grit and improvisation." Also on the bill are two more Seattle bands, Moraine, featuring instrumental fusion appealing across all genres, and God Hates Fads, whose doom-jazz is prone to wandering depths and trippy heights. - Nikki McCoy

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Stagecoach Nettie & The Wolf Tones. 9:30 pm. NC.

Grit City GindHouse Tacoma - Triangle District. The Warehouse Presents: Rockwell Powers and DJ Phinisey Album Release Party. With The Breaklites, Ra Scion and Mr. Melanin. All Ages. 9 pm. $7-$10.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Heartless (Heart tribute). 8 pm. $8.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. X Suns, Chung Antique, Fall Of Electricity, A God Or An Other. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizza Fife. Half Of Infinity. All Ages. 7 pm.

Lucky Eagle Casino Rochester. Little River Band. 8 pm. $15.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. All Ages. 8 pm. NC.

Northern Pacific Coffee Company Tacoma - Parkland. Wild Berries, J. Martin and Andrew Cook. 7 pm.

  • Recently, the powers of two bands joined together. The two-piece of Rowhouse became a four-piece with the addition of Aaron Berryhill and Chelsea Reed, of the well-liked but short-lived band, the Nadines. With the change in lineup came a change in name, to Wild Berries. With the incorporation of Berryhill and Reed, the sound of the band has certainly begun to gel. And louder? Yeah. Wild Berries have slid toward the Nadines' brand of garage psych, while still incorporating the jazz and blues elements that Rowhouse embraced. With no bass, and with the witchy, tremulous background vocals of Reed, Wild Berries is all craning energy and no low end. When they really get on a jag, it's like watching them tiptoe along a balance beam. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Wild Berries, including an interview with Alex Tapia of Rowhouse, in the Music and Culture section.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Still Got It. 8 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. The Cantrells. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$15.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Spanaway ABATE Octoberfest, with The Skinny White Samoans. 9 pm.

LINK: More live music Saturday, Oct. 12 in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

October 4, 2013 at 7:51am

Night Moves: Ethan Tucker, Half Kingdom, Lucy Kaplansky, Pearl Django, Mudcat, Horse Bodies, Dennis Hastings Quartet, Mom's Rocket and others ...

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1230 Room Olympia - Downtown. Ethan Tucker, Big Blue Van. 6 pm. $5.

Artubus Folk School Olympia - Downtown. Benny Sidelinger. All Ages. 5-7 pm. NC. Chickadee. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Art House Designs Olympia - Downtown. Dennis Hastings Quartet. All Ages. 6-9 pm. NC.

B2 Fine Art Gallery Tacoma - Triangle District. Country/Folk Hoedown. 8 pm. $10.

  • Musical performances during openings at B2 Fine Art Gallery are nothing new, but the gallery is branching out into music in a big way with the first of a two-part series of art celebrating music. "SPIN 1: American Vinyl Exhibition" - which has been extended through Nov. 16 - is the first of two shows with portraits of musicians in photography and paint augmented with vinyl records to buy, sell and trade; gallery talks and musical performances throughout the duration of the exhibition. This first show focuses on gospel, blues, country and folk, and includes art and photography celebrating giants of music from Woody Gutherie and Robert Johnson to Dylan. Friday, B2 hosts a Country/Folk Hoedown featuring The Brothers Jim and Scuff & Al's Goodtime Preservation Society. Net proceeds to benefit the National Blues Foundation Hart Fund and Tacoma's Eloise's Cooking Pot Food Bank. - Weekly Volcano

Eagle's Hall Olympia - Downtown. Cuban Drum and Dance with Jose Carrion. All Ages. 5:45 pm. NC. Blues & Swing Dance with David Accurso. All Ages. 9 pm. NC.

Capitol Theater Olympia - Downtown. Mom's Rocket, Sin Circus. All Ages. 8 pm. $5.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. Justin Martin, Half Kingdom, Zebra Mirrors. 9 pm.

  • I know next to nothing about Half Kingdom, beyond what I can hear in their two available songs online. What I can tell, just by listening to them, is that they embrace a moody post-punk that teems with energy even as it confounds expectations. Clattering drums and choppy guitars give way to swelling synths. By the end of the first song, everything has become engulfed in insistent tones wrestling for sonic supremacy. The second song, appropriately titled "Tempest," begins slow, but continues on, building to a clamorous climax as trilling synthesizers leak in from the sides. It seems clear to me that they have a firm grasp on mood and design, but seeing them live is the only way to find out just what else they can do. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Pearl Django. 8 pm. $10.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Oly Books To Prisoners Benefit, featuring Permethrin. 8 pm.

McCoy's Tavern Olympia - Downtown. Horse Bodies, Highlight Bomb, Ether, Spittin Cobras. 8 pm. $3.

  • Originally, this music pick was going to be about Olympia rockers Horse Bodies, who never cease to have high-energy rock shows, but as I investigated the rest of the bill, I have decided to include other bands, like Highlight Bomb, who are ready to play Olympia for the first time in more than a year. Highlight Bomb tease on the side of punk rock but rely heavily on the alt-rock vibe of the '90s, meaning lots of angst and harmony combined with catchy riffs and reverb. Also on the bill are Spittin Cobras, in the midst of their West Coast tour. This band will bring just enough fast paced, in your face, no bullshit rock to balance out the bill. - Nikki McCoy

Morso Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Americana Music Series: Lucy Kaplansky. 8 pm. $25.

Southbay Dickerson's BBQ Olympia - Downtown. Mudcat, Roots of Rock & Roll. 8 pm. NC.

Swing Wine Bar & Cafe Olympia - Westside. Vince Brown, Jessica Blinn & LaVon Hardison Swing Jazz Trio. 9 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Fiddle Fest, with Riff Raff, Jamie Fox, The Young Geezers, Pinniped, Terrible Lizard, The Quebecois Session Of Olympia. All Ages. 5 pm. NC.

Triple Play Sports Bar Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Stephanie Anne Johnson. 8 pm. $5.

Urban Onion Restaurant and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Troupe Rashaad. 8 pm. NC.

LINK: Live music tonight in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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September 29, 2013 at 9:23am

Night Moves: Pete Kirkland, The Redwood Plan, Full Moon Radio, Randy Oxford Band, Blanco Bronco and others ...

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502 Downtown Tacoma - Downtown. Pete Kirkland hosts Sunday night jazz. 8 pm.

Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night open mic format with Pam Carter from Classic Case as the host. 6-9 pm. NC.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Steel Cranes, Full Moon Radio, The Redwood Plan, All Ages, 7 pm; Bogg, Aubrey Debauchery, Human Jukebox, 21+, 9 pm.

  • The style of dance-rock perpetuated by The Redwood Plan tends to defer to the sort of pulsing synths that you imagine might have scored a speedboat chase on Miami Vice. Everything is forward motion, punctuated by surprisingly lovely melodies, as on the appropriately titled "The Scenery and the Melody," which hums with the kind of chiming synth lines that you might see in the climax of a John Hughes movie. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on The Redwood Plan in the Music and Culture section
  • Finding local music is a process. You might stumble across a show, maybe it's recommended by a friend, or perhaps you read it in the Volcano. However you discover your music; whichever bands stick in your memory, whose songs you'll actually download, whose shows you'll really go see, whose music should get you fucking excited and happy - that's the beauty of hunting for music. For me, and hopefully for you, Full Moon Radio is one of those bands. Their grunge/pop/punk rock with crystal clear lyrics that are moving and edgy are executed with the feminism and integrity of three superbly powerful women. Before they head back into the studio and take a few months off from playing shows, make sure you catch Full Moon Radio at an all-ages show at Le Voyeur in Olympia Sunday. - Nikki McCoy

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. The Mark Dufresne Band. 7 pm. NC.

The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Back To Beale Street Blues 2014 Fundraiser, with The Rafael Tranquilino Band, Blues County Sheriff, Blenis/Ehly Band with Thai Barker, Mark Riley Trio, Arthur Migliazza, Randy Oxford Band. 4 pm. $8-$12.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Sylvia Herold, Chuck Ervin. All Ages. 7 pm. $10-$15.

Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe Tacoma - Eastside. Blanco Bronco. Part of the Aww Shucks oyster barbecue. 5 pm. NC.

LINK: More live music tonight in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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