OFF TEMPO PRESENTS: THE WEBS, THE CREAKIES, PERPETUAL RITUAL, OC NOTES, SLASHED TIRES
While the Crocodile is now opening its doors to all ages for some of its bigger shows, its back bar has also hosted smaller all-ages events since December, featuring local bands like Haunted Horses, Special Explosion, and Us on Roofs. The back bar serves pizza, and it's licensed as a restaurant, so you can order booze if you're of age, and no mezzanines in the mix, either. Founder/curator/everything behind local music documentation series Off Tempo Kenneth Piekarski says he wanted to create a well-rounded representation of DIY music coming out of different Seattle neighborhoods for this show. With Capitol Hill–based upside-down-cross-core goth pop from Perpetual Ritual and psychedelic lounge hiphop fusion from the Pioneer Square abode of OC Notes, I'd already call that a success. The show also doubles as the release for the new Slashed Tires EP, assure, which saunters through the avant-funk and minimal pop inspired by greats like Arthur Russell. The Webs churn through their surf-pop songs and boast a pretty bangin' cover of the Misfits "Skulls" (something I thought I would never say). And in the spirit of staircases and old bones, the Creakies are a noise-pop duo that, with the aid of mostly just a distorted ukulele, snare drum, and loop pedal, make some of the smartest ramshackle pop around. With songs of "blood-borne viruses" coming home and Cock Sparrer covers sung as sweetly as those about the sunshine ("Arnold's Song"), that feeling also permeates through their debut Redwood EP. Crocodile, 8 pm, $5.
KITHKIN, TOMTEN, NUDE, FEET
In honor of the geeked-out "May the Fourth Be with You" holiday, each band tonight will be playing at least one cover from Star Wars. Also, wear a Star Wars costume and get in for a mere eight bones! Brave folks: Anyone dressed as Jar-Jar Binks gets a special gift from Kithkin, who are celebrating their first (and stellar) EP, Takers & Leavers, tonight. The local band exploded onto the scene this past year with a carnivalesque romp of Vampire Weekend meets Foot Village indie pop and enough drums to fill a jungle. Chop Suey, 8 pm, $8 adv/$10 DOS.