CUDDLE UP TO BLANKET TRUTH'S ÜBER-CUTE FOLK POP
I discovered Blanket Truth's how-lo-fi-can-you-go folk pop through their 2010 single "Hide Yourself," a baritone-ukulele ode to Where's Waldo? Their sound boasts a vocal percussionist/beatboxer (not kidding) and a perma-tape hiss that creates the sensation of listening through a seashell. Led by Jon Manning, the music is über-cute and ultra-positive, and Jon encourages you to "meow along." This is the second-to-last show from Blanket Truth in Seattle (the last being September 30, following a transnational tour for "spreading good vibes and cassette tapes" at a to-be-determined location). After guiding the band for seven years, Manning is moving to Canada and laying Blanket Truth to rest. Seattle also loses a vital part of its cassette culture with his pop label Lost Sound Tapes, which has released everyone from Your Heart Breaks to Neighbors. On the same bill, OK Vancouver OK is the project of composer Jeff Johnson, whose shamanistic vocals bear resemblance to Northwest folk mountain-dweller Phil Elverum (aka the Microphones, Mount Eerie). Together since 2007 with a revolving lineup, his minimal aesthetics also channel the faux autism of David Byrne when backed with drum-machine beats and thumpy rumba bass. The band is associated with Vancouver's Greenbelt Collective, which looks like some sort of Calvin Johnson–approved version of the Polyphonic Spree (minus the cult and white gowns, plus hand claps and flannel). With Vancouver's Bleating Hearts and Collapsing Opposites. 20/20 Cycle, 8 pm, $5–$10.
SADDLE UP TO MAN YOUR HORSE'S MATH ROCK
Vancouver (invasion!) duo Man Your Horse nail progressive/pop-math rock to its technical core. Much more enticing than other horsey bands like Band of Horses and Horse the Band, Man Your Horse plummet through their songs at Ritalin pace with spiky melodies reminiscent of Cap'n Jazz at their most muscular. The Ian MacKaye vibes are heavy on the vocals (see "Freedom of Hours" from the Shorts EP, which could almost fit in on End Hits), and the band's mantra is appropriately "loud and fast all the time." Seattle's emo-tinged five-piece orchestral indie-rock band By Sunlight headline, and they promise to "kiss you on the mouth" if you come. With Olympia's You Are Plural. Black Lodge, 9 pm.